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CoPA Member John Roach 1st Place Winner in Chicago Photography Competition

On Alaska's Dalton Highway

CoPA congratulates member John Roach, whom we are delighted to announce has 20 images on exhibit at the Union League Club of Chicago during May 2016 along with other members of the Union League Club’s Photography Group. For over 140 years the Union League Club of Chicago has been committed to upholding citizenship, promoting honesty and efficiency in government, as well as supporting cultural institutions and the beautification of the City of Chicago. John has participated in the Photography Groups annual exhibit and competition for the past 6 years winning 1st and 2nd place awards on several occasions. Featured are John’s 1st Place winners from the 2016 “Digital Altered” and “Signs” categories, On Alaska’s Dolton Highway and What is Your Mission in Life?

What is Your Mission in Life

Transformation Entry Submission

  • Must be current CoPA member. A membership can be purchased addition to entry fee.
  • *Please follow Entry Details & Specs guideline above. Any entry that does not follow the guideline will be dismissed.
  • *Please follow Entry Details & Specs guideline above. Any entry that does not follow the guideline will be dismissed.
  • *Please follow Entry Details & Specs guideline above. Any entry that does not follow the guideline will be dismissed.

CoPA member Bill Girdzius’s solo show at Spectrum

From Racine’s The Journal Times – April 4, 2016

Local photographer to show work at Spectrum


RACINE — “Paris & Bruges — Texture & Pattern,” a one-person show featuring the photographs of Bill Girdzius of Caledonia, will open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Spectrum School of the Arts and Community Gallery, located in the east Building of the DeKoven Center, 600 21st St.

The digital photographs showcase the unique details, colors and styles of cities from Girdzius’ travels to France and Belgium in 2009.

Girdzius, originally from the Chicago area, is a professional photographer specializing in portraiture, special events and fine art photography. As an artist in Spectrum Gallery, he has conducted photography workshops specializing in lighting techniques with people as well as still life. Girdzius is a member of the Coalition of Photographic Artists in Milwaukee, and has exhibited in various shows in the Milwaukee and Racine areas. He was a Downtown Racine Corp. community art participant in 2015.

The exhibit runs through May 9. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and boy appointment. Call 262-634-4345.

Spectrum School and Gallery will be part of the Annual Kenosha / Racine studio tours event: Get Behind the Arts (April 22-24) :


Past President, Michael A. Nowotny, “Zoom”s ahead!

Past President, Michael A. Nowotny, has five images accepted into ‘Zoom’ a juried exposition at the Meridian Street Gallery, 320 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, Indiana. The exhibit will run May 3, 2016 to May 27 2016 in conjunction with the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 (May 6 reception 6-9 pm).race car 2

The exhibition presents work tied to racing, cars, tracks, fans, etc. Michael’s work includes  ‘enhanced’  images he took at Road America and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Race art” has been a dream of Michael’s for quite sometime.


‘In Light We Trust’ exhibition featuring CoPA member Vicki Reed

In Light We Trust
at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

April 1 – May 14, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, April 1, 5–9 pm.

Artist Talk: Friday, April 15, 6 pm (Gallery Night)

In Light We Trust, an alternative and analog photography exhibition, features artists Carrisa Heinrichs, F. Martin Morante, Hal Rammel and Vicki Reed.

This artist collective baring the same name, In Light We Trust, remains true to the hands-on experimentation essential to the discovery of photography itself. The riches of these long lost and rediscovered techniques remind us that there are many ways to see the world, to celebrate its shapes and places and light.

While digital technology at times plays a minor role in this work, this exhibition will focus on the many fresh possibilities remaining in the realm of analog photography. The various processes include pinhole , cyanotypes, lumen prints, Van Dyke, CMY gum bichromate and palladium prints, and some cameraless processes like photograms and cliché verre.

Addition to the artwork, artists will display their homemade pinhole cameras and other image capturing mechanisms.

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About Vicki Reed

VickiReed_FernPeonyVicki Reed, a former newspaper photographer and magazine art editor, specializes in limited edition fine art photographs. She uses plastic cameras as well as vintage, pinhole and digital cameras to explore the natural environment. She loves experimenting with alternative processes including lith, hand coloring, photogravure, encaustic, lumen and cyanotype.

She has won numerous awards and has been widely published in books and international journals including The World of Lith Printing (UK), Fuzion Magazine (UK), Fine Art Photo (Germany) and She Shoots Film (Australia). An image from her series The Growing Season was purchased by the Racine Art Museum for their permanent collection and a short video was acquired by both the National Geographic Channel and the Weather Channel in the UK.

She has participated in over a hundred juried shows in the United States and Europe, including Altered Views, Lightbox Photographic Gallery (Second Place); Alternative Processes, Center for Fine Art Photography at Fort Collins, Colorado; Alterations, A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas (Director’s Choice Award); 4th Bienennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography (Berlin), as well as group and solo shows sponsored by the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens (UK), Unlimited Grain Gallery (Netherlands), New York Center for Photography, Rayko Gallery (San Francisco), Soho Gallery (NYC), Minneapolis Photography Center, Lightbox Photographic Gallery (Oregon), Tilt Gallery (Scottsdale) and Art Intersection (Phoenix).

Locally in Wisconsin she has shown at the Charles Allis Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Cedarburg Art Museum, Racine Art Museum, Bradley Gallery, Crossman Gallery, Cedarburg Cultural Center, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Gallery 224, Gallery 110, Urban Ecology Center and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. Her work has been included in large scale outdoor public art projects in Denver, Houston and Johnson City, TX.

Founding Member Makes M Magazine

Check out CoPA founding member Tom Federbar’s feature article  “Passionate Pursuit” in M magazines April issue.

The article spans Tom’s youth, from the time his sister gave him his first camera and a career for his 12th birthday, an unusual circumstance while in the Army that serendipitously lead to an inspiration, and a dream come true. The article also covers Tom’s early photo career, his 10 days in 1958 with the legendary father of the zone system, Ansel Adams, and his very own business of 43 years running Ferderbar Studios.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to see any of Ansel Adams’ iconic photographs in person, then you don’t want to miss Tom’s beautiful photographs that he took in 1958 while studying with Ansel Adams, which are currently on display at Plymouth Arts Center, in Plymouth, WI.

Also, be sure to visit Tom’s website:

CoPA is truly honored to have this talented Wisconsinite as one of our lifetime honorary members.

Congratulations Tom!


Artist Book Workshop with Eddee Daniel and Max Yela

Developing the Artist’s Book: Concept and Practice

Part II: The Return
A book design and self-publishing workshop at the Lynden Sculpture Garden

You do not need to have attended Session 1 to participate in Session 2.
April 2, 2016 – 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
Book design has been an increasingly important aspect of my artistic practice. In the past eight years I have created 15 self-published books using online services Blurb and MagCloud. In this workshop I will share my experience and help you create your own book.

The main thrust of this session is for attendees to bring ideas, images, mock-ups, etc. to discuss and critique as possible book projects. Images may be brought either in print or digital formats. Each participant in this session will present their concepts and materials for review and critique by the group within the context of the ideas and approaches explored in Session 1.

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Multiple Opportunities from Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP)

Multiple call for Entries from the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP)

Wisconsin artists, part of being an artist is sharing your creations with an audience.  Plan to show your art through a Wisconsin Regional Art Program exhibition this year!

Local WRAP coordinators invite all non-professional artist from Wisconsin to submit artworks for the exhibitions. (For our purposes ‘non-professional’ is defined as someone who does not make their primary income from their art.)  

You choose which artworks to exhibit.  You have the opportunity for it to be considered for an honorable mention or a State Award recognition by a professional artist.  State award recipients are invited to participate in an annual State WRAP exhibition that takes place in August/September each year, where they may be eligible for cash awards.

Burlington WRAP: Friday, March 25, 2016
Waukesha/Oconomowoc WRAP: Friday, March 25, 2016
Portage WRAP: Friday, April 1, 2016
Tomah WRAP:Saturday, April 2, 2016
Monroe WRAP: Friday, April 15, 2016

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Milwaukee Riverkeeper – Arts and Rivers Contest

EmailHeaderDeadline: Monday, May 9 – 5:00pm ||

Milwaukee Riverkeeper is proud to announce its 2016 Arts & Rivers Contest. To celebrate our rivers, we are seeking visual works that convey the beauty and importance of our waterways in an artistically meaningful way. Content of the work must connect in some way to the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, and/or Milwaukee rivers.We encourage both amateur and professional artists to submit works of any visual medium: photography, painting, mixed medium, etc. The contest is funded by the late Shirley Holzer-Jeffrey, a long-time Milwaukee Riverkeeper board member and accomplished photographer.


  • First Place $550
  • Second Place $250
  • Third Place $150
  • Popular Vote $150


Submission deadline: Monday, May 9, 2016 – 5:00pm

  • Submitted works must be easel-sized (48″ x 48″ maximum) or fit within a comparable table display space.
  • Each artist may submit UP TO THREE digital images.
  • Please send digital copies of your submissions to Christina Taddy, Each submission should be accompanied by a completed submission form. Digital images should be UNDER 1MB in size.


  • Finalists must submit pieces ready-to-display by the week of May 30th, 2016.
  • All artists are welcome to attend the Tory Folliard Gallery during regular gallery hours (11am-5pm Tuesday-Friday and 11am-4pm on Saturday) to view the artwork as well as the closing reception on Saturday, June 11th from 2-4pm.
  • Awards will be presented at the closing reception on Saturday, June 11th.


If selected as a finalist, your work will be displayed at the Tory Folliard Gallery (in the Historic Third Ward) during regular gallery hours from June 7 – 11, 2016 with a reception on the closing evenings.

The artists will be able to label artwork for sale if they choose, with 70% of the proceeds going to the artist and 30% going to Milwaukee Riverkeeper.
Please direct questions to Christina Taddy: 414-431-0897 or
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