The 50th annual Waupaca Art Show will be held Sunday through Friday, April 21-26, at the Waupaca Expo Center.
In celebration of this year’s anniversary, a premiere night will be held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Expo Center.
It will feature appetizers by Rockman’s Catering, a cash bar (beer and wine) and music by the “The Knotheads.”
There is no admission fee; free will donations will be accepted.
Those who attend will get a sneak peak of the art at this year’s show.
“This is the 50th anniversary. We really felt the need to push it a little bit further,” said Jim Lang, who is the new chairman of the Waupaca Art Show.
When the exhibit begins on Sunday, April 21, it will be open from 1-7 p.m., with the awards and critique at 2:30 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded in professional, non-professional and student, with four categories this year: photography, 2D, 3D utilitarian and 3D aesthetic.
“I split it,” Lang said of having two 3D categories. “Jewelry and functional pottery were being judged against sculpture. People in the 3D category can choose which area (they want to be in).”
This year’s judges will be TC Farley, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Andrew Redington, professor of art at UW-Oshkosh; and Guillermo Pe’afiel, professor of photography at UW-Stevens Point.
The exhibit will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 22 through Thursday, April 25 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 26.
The artwork of middle school students will also be on display as part of the exhibit.
Lang describes the show as a fellowship of the arts.
“The Waupaca area has been very involved in promoting the arts. Through dedicated people and many hours of volunteer time, the Waupaca Art Show has survived 50 years,” he said.
Lang was involved as a volunteer for more than 15 years before taking over as chairman this year from Bil and Lee Schultz.
“I believe Waupaca is a very strong art community,” Lang said. “I think for a small town, we have a great dedication to the arts.”