CoPA : Meredith Watts Blogs about his trip to Brazil. Yes, photography!

From Meredith Watts to CoPA friends:

Here is a link to the latest posts on the blog describing our research trip to Brazil.  We are about mid-way through and expect to return to the U.S. during the first week in July.

The posts are often a bit wordy since I use them as a way to order my thoughts, but you can also just browse the photos to get an idea of the trip.  There are now about 50 posts, beginning with the Study Abroad class led by Simone Ferro during June, 2015.  We returned to Brazil in September and will be here until summer, 2016.


PJ Boyland’s “Chocolate River”: The 2015-2016 Lifetime Art Competition’s road trip

From Interfaith’s Older Adult Program:

     The 2015-2016 Lifetime Art Competition’s road trip is coming to an end, and there’s only one more opportunity to check out nearly 30 pieces of winning artwork!

The exhibit will move to its last venue – the Open Door Gallery at United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 E Silver Spring Dr.

Artwork will be on display from Feb. 5 – March 4.

Plus, YOU’RE INVITED to a special Artist Reception at the Open Door Gallery on Sunday, February 14, from 10 am – noon.


"Chocolate River" By PJ Boyland

“Chocolate River”
By PJ Boyland

PJ Boylan’s  photo “Chocolate River“, was accepted into this juried show. At one venue it received a People’s Choice Award. At another venue someone purchased it and, (by mistake) was allowed to take it home–purchases are to be picked up at the end of the show. It was fortunate that I had another to replace it so that it could complete its “road trip.” :))



A prospectus for the next Lifetime Art competition should be available from Interfaith sometime this month. The prospectus is not on the website yet: but the phone number for the office can be found at the website. The office is on S. 6th and Virginia (close to WPCA). Since this is an “older adult” program, a person must be 50 or older to enter.


PJ Boylan Photography, Milwaukee, Wisconsin     –

(414) 530-0326


CoPA Photographic artist Gunner Lauzums is MAKING A SCENE: Wisconsin Art Organizations

Wisconsin Art Organizations

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 (414) 271-3656

February 25 – May 8, 2016

Kadinsky's Lines By Guntis Lauzums

Kadinsky’s Lines
By Guntis Lauzums

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum celebrates Wisconsin Arts Organizations with an exhibition of selected artwork from the Cedarburg Artist Guild, the League of Milwaukee Artists and Wisconsin Visual Artists. For the past 25+ years, these organizations have helped Milwaukee’s art scene grow into what it is today, an essential and thriving alliance. These dedicated artists, finding inspiration in each other, banded together to create a stronger whole, for as they say, you are the company you keep.


Opening Reception

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00PM / Member Preview 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Gallery Talk

CoPA member Meredith W. Watts : Residency in Brazil.



CoPA member Meredith W. Watts is currently midway through a nine-month residence in Brazil.  He and his wife and research partner, Simone Ferro, are working on a book on popular culture in the northeast state of Maranhão.  This includes the Bumba-meu-boi festival and diverse religious practices in several traditions, ranging from popular Christianity to many descended from African and indigenous practice.

Meredith will return to Milwaukee in July, 2016.  This blog has several dozen posts with reflections and photos from the experience.  The link to the blog is:

While he is in Brazil, Meredith can be reached at

Midwest Center for Photography: 4 Calls for submissions. CHECK THIS OUT – NOW!

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Click the URL assigned to each “Call” for individual prospectus.











Entry deadline: January 31.


This is the fourth year of the EMERGE competition. We are looking to give one $250 EMERGE Fellowship Award and exhibition opportunities to emerging photographers. This fellowship opportunity is geared toward photographers looking to launch their art careers through the exposure of exhibition.


Open to all emerging photographers nationwide in the USA. All photographic media is welcome; black & white gelatin silver prints, color c-prints, digital prints, alternative processes, etc.


Selection will be based upon the series of work submitted by each artist rather than solely on individual images. A brief artist statement is optional. 


Selected artists will have their work featured in the exhibition and will also be featured online.


To enter, photographers submit JPEG files to the gallery via email, and follow the online submission form at


Submit up to 5 images for $40, $5 for each additional image.


Exhibition dates: March 25 – April 8, 2016.


To enter and for more information regarding “MIDWEST PHOTO EMERGE”, please visit:












Entry deadline: March 1, 2016.


We all live in a culture of taking pictures, whether it is approached from a snapshot genre designated for the domestic setting, or if it is a photographer undertaking the lengthy process of shooting images on film with a twin lens reflex or view camera, we want to see your images. From handheld instamatic, camera phone, lomography, to alternative processes, hatorical processes, medium and large format, submit your images and lets explore how we experience the photographic medium.


The CAMERA CULTURE exhibition celebrates the wide range of different cameras used over the generations of taking photos. We are looking for photographers to submit images that have been shot with a variety of cameras.


The call for entries is open to all photographers nationwide. All photographic media and subject matter is welcome. Selection will be based upon individual images submitted by each artist. A brief artist statement is optional.


Selected artists will have their work featured in the exhibition and will also be featured online.


Submit up to 5 images for $40, $5 for each additional image.


To enter, photographers submit JPEG files to the gallery via email, and follow the online submission form at


Exhibition dates: April 29 – May 13, 2016.


To enter and for more information regarding “CAMERA CULTIRE”, please visit:











The MWCP Juried Exhibition is an international exhibition which offers $500 in Director’s Choice Awards, $100 for each of the five categories: People, Places, Object, Design and Concept. 


Selected artists: Jennifer Brake, South Bend, IN; Gloria DeFillips Brush, Deluth, MN; Nancy Stalnaker Bundy, Minneapolis, MN; Mark Chen, Vienna, VA; Hsien-Chih Chuang, Taiwan, R.O.C.; Adam Coulter, Arden, NC; Anastasia Davis, Pittsburgh, PA; George Digalakis, Athens, Greece; Laura Drew, Elgin, IL; Eva Fazzari, Saddle Brook, NJ; Jim Hammer, Wichita, KS; Joshua Hobson, Gainesville, FL; Canbra Hodsdon, Boston, MA; Emma Horning, Emmaus, PA; Barbara Kantz, East Setauket, NY; June Yong Lee, Glenside, PA; Susan Moore, South Bend, IN; Robin Luther, Spring Grove, IL; Daniel Miller, Bozeman, MT; James Mitchell, Wichita, KS: Stacy Platt, Colorado Springs, CO; Everett Smith, Boise, ID; Michael Vance, Saint Paul, MN; Marilyn Waligore, Richardson, TX; Michael Ware, Wichita, KS; and Vaughn Wascovich, Commerce, TX.


Exhibition dates: January 29 – February 12, 2016.


For more information regarding “MWCP JURIED EXHIBITION”, please visit:












Opening Reception: February 25, 7 – 10 p.m.


The “HOME” exhibition is comprised of images of interpretations on the meaning of home. Photographs of actual images of the places and people at home, details of memory, displacement, or idealized notions of the idea of home. The concept of the exhibition aims to encompass a range of approaches of home from the traditional codes of domesticity, to challenging long-held stereotypes of the family unit.


Exhibiting artists: Julie Calcagno, Chicago, IL; Rebecca Foley, Saint Joseph, MO; Julie Gautier-Downes, Spokane, WA; Juan Giraldo, Chicago, IL; Shane Gooding, Chicaco, IL; Makenzie Goodman, Ventura, CA; Kelsy Gossett, Wichita, KS; Paul Greenburg, Dallas, TX; Chris Ireland, Stephenville, TX; Megan Jacobs, Santa Fe, NM; Danielle Khoury, Fort Worth, TX; David Skidmore, Sister Bay, WI; Alison Smith, Carbondale, IL; Sarah Smith, Canton, NY; Shannon Smith, Tucson, AZ; and Melanie Walker, Boulder, CO.


Exhibition dates: February 25 – March 11, 2016.


To view images and for more information regarding “HOME”, please visit:











Center Gallery at the Midwest Center for Photography opened in 2008 and is located in Wichita’s Douglas Design District. We are dedicated to the creative exploration of the medium of photography. The gallery provides exhibition opportunities in a commercial venue for emerging and nationally recognized mid-career artists. Public programming is provided through lectures and workshops which promote a creative discourse and an educational understanding of contemporary photography. The organization and presentation of the innovative exhibitions coincide with Wichita’s vibrant Final Friday Art Crawl.

Keep informed of the current and upcoming events at the Midwest Center for Photography website:  

Linda Robinson, Gallery Director, Center Gallery at the Midwest Center for Photography,
111 Ellis, Wichita, KS 67211, 316-269-1250, 






CoPA Lecture and Workshop with Nathaniel Stern



Image by Nathanial Stern

Image by Nathanial Stern

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Lecture and Workshop with Nathaniel Stern
Location and time TBD, but this promises to be an amazing afternoon! This will be a fully interactive, hands-on workshop with limited availability. Click here to learn about Nathaniel’s amazing “scanner imaging,” which we will actually be doing!
More info coming soon.

Nathaniel Stern is an artist and writer, Fulbright grantee and professor, interventionist and public citizen. He has produced and collaborated on projects ranging from ecological, participatory and online interventions, interactive,immersive and mixed reality environments, to prints, sculptures, videos, performances and hybrid forms. His book, Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance, takes a close look at the stakes for interactiveand digital art, and his ongoing work in industry has helped launch dozens of new businesses, products and ideas. 

Stern has been featured in the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Guardian UK, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Washington Post, Daily News, BBC’s Today show, WIRED, Boing Boing, Gizmodo, PetaPixel, Time, Forbes, Fast Company, Scientific American, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Leonardo Journal of Art, Science and Technology, Rhizome, Furtherfield, Turbulence, and more.

CoPA Member meeting featuring Jessica Kaminski: “MKE Beard Book” Photography

Tuesday March 8th
Member meeting featuring Jessica Kaminski

MKE Beard Book Jessica Kiminski


Jessica is a MIAD graduate and commercial photographer who has worked with the Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Film, Summerfest and many more. Jessica’s book of photographs, , was released in 2015. She’ll discuss the book’s genesis, and what it took to get it published and promoted, as well as her thoughts on how to become a successful commercial photographer in Milwaukee. Real life experience and advice right in our own back yard!

CoPA Member Meeting Tuesday Feb 9th “Museum Curators.”

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Tuesday Feb 9th
Join CoPA in welcoming curators from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, who will tell us about the various programs, calls for entry, tours and residencies available to photographers. The meeting will feature a talk and Q&A with photographer Marne Lucas. 

A photographer and multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York City and Portland, Oregon, Marne begins her “artist in residence” program at Kohler January 30th. Her photography and installation art investigate humanity’s relationship to nature and to the self, and frequently employs sensual metaphor with humor, pushing personal, political and visual boundaries.

This is going to be a really great meeting. We learned a lot about the commercial/advertising side of photography at the January meeting. In February, we will explore the conceptual side of the visual art of photography. You won’t want to miss this one!

CoPA photographers shine at Wisconsin Artists Biennial exhibition, MOWA

Museum of Wisconsin Art

February 6 – March 27, 2016 Wisconsin Artists Biennial Exhibition comes to MOWA with an opening party on February 6 from 2:00- 5:00. This year’s show features work by:

Andrew Acker, Wauwatosa
Michael Arendt, Green Bay
Pamela Anderson, Milwaukee
Jordan Acker Anderson, Wauwatosa
Ann Baer, Milwaukee
Dennis Bayuzick, Kenosha
Tom Berenz, Milwaukee
Lois Bielefeld, Shorewood  CoPA Member
George (Tim) Black, Star Lake
Jerilynn Bush, Sheboygan
Martha Coaty, Racine     CoPA Member
Kristy Deetz, De Pere
Nina Ghanbarzadeh, New Berlin
Ben Grant, Milwaukee
Alex Hopkins, Green Bay
Jayne Reid Jackson, Madison
Claire Kayser, Menomonie
Dale Knaak, Sheboygan
Michael Kratochwill, Middleton
Pat Kroth, Verona
Don Krumpos, Green Bay
Karla Lauden, Menasha
Diane Levesque, Kenosha
Jim Liedtke, Madison
Lindsay Lochman, Milwaukee
Jack Long, Grafton  CoPA Member
Chris Maddox, Madison
Gail Marquardt, Milwaukee  CoPA Member
Lindsay Marx, Milwaukee
S. V. Medaris, Mount Horeb
John S Miller, Madison
Meg Mitchell, Madison
Bethann Moran, Ft Atkinson
Lee Mothes, Kaukauna
Masako Onodera, Menomonie
Jacob A. Pfeiffer, Madison
Melissa Dorn Richards, Milwaukee  CoPA Member
Katie Ries, Manitowoc
Gena Selby, Green Bay
Corey Smith, Shorewood
Shelley Smith, Janesville
Katelyn Smits, De Pere
Wendy Turchan, Greenville
Ben Tyjeski, Milwaukee
Thomas Uebelherr, Milwaukee
Leslie Loomis Vansen, Milwaukee
Soraya Villarreal, Grafton
Adam Wiesner, Green Bay
Peggy Flora Zalucha, Mount Horeb

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