Saturday, May 21, 2011

Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art Spring Membership Exhibit 2011

There is nothing quite like the camaraderie of fellow teachers. Tonight was a fantastic celebration of art and the work that we all do as artist educators. As president of the Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art (MATA) I was so proud of the exhibit and the wonderful reception that we held this evening. The MATA board pitched in and made the evening run smoothly. The quality of the show was really high. Many commented that this was the best exhibit we've shown. This was the opening of the 2011 MATA Spring Membership Exhibit at the Marceil Plutorak Atrium Gallery at Carroll University in Waukesha,WI.

There was also a record number of members, family and friends who came to the reception to help celebrate. Over 60 people joined us for the dinner following the reception in the Humphrey Chapel at Carroll University. Eddee Daniel won best in show with his work called Facade. It was one of many strong works in the exhibit. I will post more and possibly a slide show of the winning pieces. Congrats to all exhibiting artists.

This year has been especially challenging for teachers with the current political climate of cuts and general disrespect for what we do. It was especially invigorating to celebrate the positive work that we do as artist educators. We have suffered through a lot of insults and attacks as a profession. This night was about the talented, creative educators who make up the Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art. Their students are so lucky to have them. Let's hope the schools continue to employ them!

Enjoy the slideshow of images from the reception and of some of the works submitted by artists.