Man. Computer. Dog. Pam Ferderbar ©2021


CoPA + Alverno College Photography Exhibition


It’s the Experience


Alverno Arts & Cultures Gallery


October 20, 2021 – November 10, 2021



Wednesday, October 20 |  4P to 8P
Panel Discussion 4P


Join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 992 8149 2301
Passcode: 395360


November 10 |  4P


To paraphrase philosopher Hannah Arendt,

What is the subject of a photograph? Experience!

During the pandemic, art was a way to process events that seemed more science fiction than real life. People looked inward and sought inspiration outward—all of it part of a universal and also very personal way to conceptualize the experience. Art has always been a coping mechanism, but the pandemic punched us in the face with the necessity of art to our well-being. 

It’s the Experience explores our varied experiences during the pandemic. For some it was a pause or reset. Others faced loneliness, isolation and much worse. Join us at the Alverno College Art and Cultures Gallery to experience the power of photography. 

Panelists will discuss how art has changed in the past 15 months, and how the unique nature of the past 15 months has changed our relationship with and to art. Panel will be moderated by CoPA President Pam Ferderbar.




Robert Welker, PhD, a psychologist/psychoanalyst with a background in academic and clinical research, teaching, and administration spanning more than 50 years. Throughout Dr. Welker’s professional trajectory he has persistently returned to his initial interests in visual arts, painting and photography, and has recently pursued classical, naturalistic drawing. He’s now looking into how his personal involvement in art has contributed to a sense of self-cohesion and continuity during decades of change.

Michael Lagerman is an artist and educator living in Milwaukee, WI. He currently instructs in the Fine Arts Division and serves as the Art Technology Specialist at Pius XI Catholic High School. Michael is a 2021 graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Master of Fine Arts program. His interdisciplinary studio practice is best described as photographic installation, often including sculpture and time-based media.

John Sobczak, Director, The Alice Wilds gallery. John began his career with commercial galleries in 1981 after earning his degree in fine art from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Over the years Sobczak has produced and curated numerous exhibitions by important photographers spanning the medium’s history with an emphasis on contemporary practitioners. In 2017 Sobczak founded The Alice Wilds , LLC, a contemporary art gallery in Milwaukee, WI, where he continues his commitment to photography and contemporary photographic artists.






It’s the Experience – Alverno Arts & Cultures Gallery

Photographers will submit work that reflects a slice of their experience during the past year and a half of the Covid-19 pandemic. No two experiences are alike and no two people process events the same way. Work can be abstract, figurative, landscape, macro, panoramic…anything taken in by a lens that conveys the experience—large or small, quirky or painful—of this extraordinary time. 

CoPA members may submit up to three pieces each no wider than 24” and no higher than 5ft. Please identify one piece that could stand alone in this exhibition by making it image 1 on the submission form. In the event we receive too many submissions to include all three of your works, we will select the first image submitted on the form.



Sunday, August 1st  |  12A



Sunday, September 5th  |  11P



Please read the linked document below before you review the submission info.

How to Submit to It’s the Experience – CoPA Exhibition



  • Entries are open to CoPA members only
  • By submitting to this exhibition you agree to meet the exhibition specifications as laid out below, and commit to the delivery and pickup of your work to and from Alverno on the appointed dates.
  • You MUST follow the naming convention for submission; any submission not meeting this requirement will be unidentifiable and disqualified from selections without notice. Read the above linked document (in blue) for instructions. (Example:  PFerderbar_Experience_Scripted.)
  • Limit your image submission size to 1200px on the longest side; images larger than this will be disqualified.
  • JPEG / JPG files only please. No other file type will be accepted.

NOTE: CoPA Members must be logged in to view the submission form. 



Artists will be notified via email which piece or pieces they will deliver to Alverno.


If selected for this exhibition you agree to meet the following criteria:

  • All artwork must be framed in a plain black or white frame (space white frames are recommended) with pure white mats, if matted. Quality glass or metal prints are acceptable. No canvas, please.
  • All frames and artwork must be wired for gallery hanging. (No hooks, saw tooth hangers, etc.)
  • Pieces must weigh less than 50 lbs each.
  • Display-ready work may not exceed 24” in width and is limited to 60″ in height.
  • High quality/high resolution photographic prints only. Archival papers and inks (mounting materials, as well) are highly recommended.
  • Frames must be pristine, i.e. no scratches, nicks, tape marks, smudges.
  • Mats (if used) must be pristine and perfectly clean.
  • Glass and plexi must be pristine and free of tape residue, fingerprints, smudges, scratches, cracks, etc.
  • CoPA reserves the right to decline prints, frames and all display-ready photography that does not meet quality standards.
  • Artist Delivery to Alexia Hall at Alverno
  • Thursday, October 14  |  10A to 7P
  • Friday, October 15  |  10A to 4P
  • Saturday, October 16  |  10A to 4P
  • Artist Pick Up from  Alexia Hall at Alverno
  • Thursday, November 11  |  10A to 7P
  • Friday, November 12 |  10A to 4P
  • Saturday, November 13  |  10A to 4P

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