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

January 4 at 8:00pm · Public

CoPA Member, Martha Coaty exhibits her photograph “Industrial Chartreuse” at the Wisconsin Artist Biennial at MOWA February 6 through March 27.

Martha Coaty Industrial Chartreuse


A public reception will be held February 6, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend.

Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA)

205 Veterans Avenue
West Bend, WI 53095

The photograph is part of her Industrial Color project which emphasizes geometry and color within manufacturing landscapes.   It received Best in Show at the COPA 8th Annual Midwest Juried Exhibition in 2014.



To CoPA Members: AN INVITATION; apply to 2016 Bay View Art in the Park.

Call To Artists!

Hello WI Artists,
As you plan for 2016 I would like to invite you to apply to Bay View Art in the Park.  2016 is our 3rd year for this event and we are happy to announce our new format and new location! We have changed to a monthly event and will now be held every second Saturday of each month May – Sept.  Our new location is in Humboldt Park next to the Pavilion and St. Francis Brewery’s beer garden.

There are 35 spots available per event. As usual we will limit the number of craft and jewelry exhibitors to maintain a focus on fine art  -so early submission is encouraged.

This event will be advertised in print, social media and promoted through many local businesses. As always public admission is free to our family and pet friendly festival.

•    Extra space between booths
•    $35 daily rate or $150 for entire season
•    Booth reliever
•    No jury fee
•    Food and restrooms for the artists and patrons at the Pavilion

We hope you will join us and make our 3rd year the best yet!
Apply early, we predict spots will be filled quickly.

Thank you all,
Brian Breider,  MKEArts llc.


3000 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207
next to the Beer Garden Pavilion



Real-life Mad Man to speak to photographic arts group (CoPA).


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Coalition of Photographic Arts kicks off new year

Award-winning ad exec dave hanneken featured january 12th

Real-life Mad Man to speak to photographic arts group (CoPA).

CoPA, the Coalition of Photographic Arts (Milwaukee) is delighted to present advertising executive Dave Hanneken as the featured speaker on January 12th. Hanneken, whose work has won every international, national, regional and local award for advertising excellence, has often used photography to sell a product or point of view, and he is poised to share a treasure trove of knowledge and experience with the photographic arts community.

At the first CoPA member meeting of the year, to be held at Louise’s Trattoria at 801 North Jefferson Street in Milwaukee, Hanneken will discuss the craft of photography as a preeminent force of storytelling, and the difference between a good photograph and a really great one. Hanneken “was blessed to work with some of the finest photographers in the world,” whom he credits for helping to win such accolades as One Show pencils, Clio statues, Cannes Lions and Effie Golds.


For 25 years Hanneken has worked with photographers to tell visual stories that incite emotion, influence attitudes, and often times make people laugh. He credits a youthful steady diet of Mad Magazine with his mindset. “Every ad I’ve written can be folded in half to form a witty and subversive message,” Hanneken says half-jokingly.

The event on January 12th promises to be both eye opening and vastly entertaining. In addition to his countless advertising awards, Hanneken won the Diederich College of Communication’s “Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award” his very first year in the classroom as an adjunct professor at Marquette University.

CoPA serves a membership of professional full-time photographers, fine art photographers, hobbyists and “pro amateurs” with monthly meetings, speaker series, workshops, portfolio reviews, juried exhibitions, gallery shows and public exhibitions.

The event is a suggested $2 donation for CoPA members, and a $7.50 charge for non-members. Louise’s, 801 North Jefferson Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 273-4224

For more information please visit


CONTACT: Pam Ferderbar, Exhibitions and Events, CoPA         (213) 364-5449       1905 Hillside Drive, Delafield, WI 53018