About Showcase of Art
Welcome to the Pewaukee Area Arts Council 2021 Showcase of Art
We couldn’t be more thrilled with the amazing response to our first-ever “Virtual” Showcase!
2021 obviously provided challenges to our biennial Showcase, which had always been a physical gallery display, for in-person viewing. A record 236 artists stepped up to this challenge by submitting 490 artworks for judging and display in our online gallery.
The high volume of quality artworks made the judging difficult!
New this year is the addition of a separate Digital/Photography category for awards. This allowed us to expand the number of cash-prize winners, while recognizing/separating the unique skills pertaining to that medium versus traditional hand-to-paper 2D artworks. 3D artworks remained a separate award category as well. Multiple awards were not given to the same artists.
While the number of award winners must be limited, we are so pleased that the online gallery makes exposure and viewing of all the works unlimited. Please share this website link with family and friends. It’s a great opportunity to broaden the reach of this community-wide tradition.
Showcase of Art history
The first Showcase of Art was held in 2000 at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). It was developed to showcase student and faculty work, and expose the campus to the arts. The exhibit grew in popularity and participation when Waukesha County high schools and colleges joined in the show. In 2007, the Pewaukee Area Arts Council began coordinating the two-day event and made it into a biennial opportunity.
Sixteen Waukesha County schools had students participate this year, and there are artworks from a number of Masters (professional artists) sprinkled throughout the gallery as well. Masters artists are not eligible for awards – they simply exhibit works for inspirational purposes.
PAAC wishes to thank all the teachers who encouraged and assisted their students to apply, and all the students themselves.
We also wish to thank the team of judges who worked hard to select awards: Courtney Andrews, Dave Cicero, Andrew Green, Julie Collins and Dave Olson.
Showcase of Art is truly PAAC’s flagship project, and we are overjoyed with our 2021 results. Congratulations to all who participated this year.
Pewaukee Area Arts Council
Showcase of Art Committee