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May 28 – August 14, 2022
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Northeast Wisconsin’s top competitive, juried fine arts exhibition returns and is accepting applications! TMA Contemporary is a juried exhibit featuring work from Wisconsin’s most talented visual artists. The exhibition will span all three floors of the museum with past years having featured a range of mediums including sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, fiber, film, and more. The exhibition will feature approximately 100 Wisconsin artists.

 Any Wisconsin artist working in any medium is invited to apply. Established and emerging artists welcome.

Deadline to apply: February 20, 2022. Monetary prizes totaling $10,000 are awarded to top-juried works. Best of Show will also receive a  solo exhibit at TMA. Artists may submit up to three (3) works.

Formerly titled the SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition.

Header Image: Amy Carani, Cristian Andersson, Rob Neilson, Mary Jo Scandin, SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition, 2021


The Jurors

Samantha Timm

Samantha Timm is the lead curator at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel, Milwaukee. Timm’s career in the arts began at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison as curatorial assistant. She has held various positions at art museums in the New York City area, including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Winter Antiques Show. Timm was also curator for Jewel Spiegel Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey. Her strong background in both art history and contemporary art brought her to Saint Kate as art historian in April 2019 and co-curator with Marcus in October 2020. In addition to her breadth of experience in the arts, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s degree in History of Art from the University of York in York, England.

Photo and history courtesy of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

Mutòpe Johnson

Mutópe Johnson earned his MFA from UW-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts Department of Art & Design and his BFA from UW-Whitewater. Johnson was selected as one of four UW-Whitewater 2015–16 and 2016–17 Inclusive Excellence Program Scholars, a distinguished 2013–14 Imagining America P.A.G.E. Scholar (Publicly Active Graduate in Education), and a 2014 Dedalus Foundation Award-Nominee. Johnson served in positions such as Chief Creative Officer, Global Marketing Brands Manager, Creative Director, and Art Director while concurrently painting for more than 15 years as a professional visual artist. His work has been included in exhibitions across WI and the US.  Johnson’s current research and visual arts practice has led him to consider his role as an artist and how the arts can help shape the current state of African-American culture and its rich history. More importantly, how the arts have enriched all of our lives. Johnson states; “This becomes my own personal way of establishing a working method that uses the power of the arts to help influence public opinion. As artists we can open up new avenues of critical thinking that serve as creative strategies that help to inform and educate others through the visual arts.”

Christina Turner

Christina Turner is the Executive Director of the Trout Museum of Art since 2018. Turner values a strong relationship with artists and our community. She graduated from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, with an MFA in Painting and Drawing. She is also a graduate of the University of San Diego with an MA International Relations and the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a BA in economics and political science. Christina has 25 years of business, art, and education experience.

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