Walker’s Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) was founded in 1987 by a group of artists, curators and entrepreneurs as an answer to the growing art community’s need for space to perform and exhibit artwork. The nonprofit was incorporated on April 6, 1987. The first exhibition opened nearly six months later on September 26, which featured paintings by renowned painter Dennis Nechvatal. The opening reception featured Nechvatal live painting while musician Brian Ritchie, of the Violent Femmes, played music. Milwaukee Journal’s James Auer nicknamed the event as “Rock ‘n’ Roil, Ritchie and Oil” in his September 25, 1987 preview. Since then, we’ve had hundreds of inspiring exhibitions and worked with thousands of artists. There’s a lot to celebrate. The exhibition Thirty is just the start.
Thirty features 30 artists who have had significant contribution to WPCA and the local art community in the past 30 years. The list of artists reflects not only the significance of WPCA’s expansive history in visual/experimental/performance art, but also our growth alongside these artists and the art community as a whole. Many of these artists have received local and national accolades. Many have played pivotal roles in building the vibrant art community we have today. Thirty is homage to where we come from, the bright memories and who we are at 30. Join us for the opening reception on Gallery Night, Friday, April 21, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
History at University of Texas in Austin.
including Sister Stories (2004) and A Journey of Wisconsin Self-Taught,
Outsider Folk Artists (2002).
annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition.
programs. Currently a sophomore at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts.