Beloit area exhibition opens at Wright Museum

BELOIT, Wis.—An opening reception will celebrate the 48th annual Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition, which features juried works of local and regional artists. The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4 in the main gallery of the Wright Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display that day from 11 a.m.

The Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition is Wisconsin’s oldest juried art exhibition. Work is selected by two jurors involved with regional art. Since different jurors adjudicate the show each year, each exhibition has a unique feel. Organized by the Wright Museum and the Art League of Beloit, the exhibition promotes a partnership of community and college through a tradition of supporting the visual arts.

This year’s show will display 41 works by 37 artists in a variety of media, ranging from painting, traditional and digital photography, to three-dimensional sculpture and assemblage. More than 220 entries from 86 artists were submitted for consideration.

Amy Arntson, full-time painter and professor emeritus of art and design at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Mark Lawson, director of galleries at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, juried the exhibition. Winners will be announced at the reception, including Best in Show and the People’s Choice Award, which will be determined by the attendees of the opening.

The Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition will be on display through Friday, April 1, in the main gallery of the Wright Museum of Art. An illustrated catalogue is available through the museum and several of the pieces are available for purchase.

The Wright Museum of Art is open free of charge Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Marcus Eckhardt, registrar of the Wright Museum, at (608) 363-2347.

The Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition is free and open to the public.

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