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Arts Board Lobby Exhibit

The Arts Board no longer manages the exhibit space in the Department of Administration building as of July 2011.

Up until that time, the Arts Board curated the exhibit space as a way to promote the work of Wisconsin visual artists from all corners of the state. Displaying only original work by Wisconsin artists, this gallery was accessible to people with disabilities.

The following is an example of this exhibit series.

“John Emil Stevenson – A Retrospective 1900 - 1992”

January 3, 2011 – February 25, 2011

John Emil Stevenson, "Woman Spinning Wool"John Stevenson was a professional artist who moved to Rusk County Wisconsin in 1946. Here, he built a cabin at the confluence of the Flambeau and Chippewa Rivers, where he spent his summers the rest of his life. His winters were spent in the southern California foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, where again, spent years painting his surroundings. Stevenson studied extensively at the Academy of Fine Arts, the National Academy, American Academy and the Studio Academy of the Art Institute – all of Chicago. His work has been exhibited in the DeYoung Gallery in San Francisco, the Chicago Centennial Show and numerous Midwest and southern California galleries. In all, Stevenson produced over 1,500 pieces of art, some of which was on display in our gallery space through February 25, 2011.

Stevenson’s work is eclectic and his style evolving over time. The influence of Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Gauguin and other Post Impressionists can be sensed in much of his work. The artist never did comment on his work, rather let his work speak for itself. The viewer easily identifies the artist’s mood reflected in his choice of color and composition and ultimately comes to understand the joy and poignancy of Stevenson’s life.

It is the hope of his family that you will listen to his pictures.

oil figure by John Emil Stevenson



Updated:  Tuesday, November 22, 2011