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Art at Riverside Park

The Urban Ecology Center – Riverside Park is seeking artists interested in showing their work in our Community Room gallery. Deadline is January, 30 2020.

Criteria for Exhibits:

To enhance the UEC’s educational mission, artwork must have one of the following as its theme: nature-related subjects, the natural sciences, natural products used as art or the relationship of the urban environment to nature. Work submitted in response to the call for artists must be consistent with what you will have available for the exhibition. As a neighborhood-based organization in a diverse neighborhood, we hope to host artists whose art reflects that diversity and resonates with our community. Artists with connections to the neighborhood(s) surrounding the Riverside Park Center are encouraged to apply!


Selected artwork will be displayed in one of the quarterly shows: July – September 2020, October – December 2020, January – March 2021 and April – June 2021. Art Opening receptions will always be on the second Thursday evening (5 – 7pm) of the month beginning an exhibit.

Our exhibit spaces also serve as meeting room ans classrooms that are used daily. There is approximately 90 linear feet of wall display area and each show typically exhibits two artists concurrently. Artists are responsible for hanging their work using the gallery system. Help can be made available. The UEC provides the space, notifies its membership and community of the exhibit through a printed newsletter, email blasts and social media. Artwork may be available for purchase with 20% of sale price contribution to the UEC. The Center carries insurance for these exhibits.

Artists are also welcome to offer workshops, talks or classes relative to their work at the Center. You have the opportunity to connect in this way with community programs, educational and school program and even staff development.

Application Process:

You will need the following items in order to submit your application:

  • Artist statement (PDF, one page max). Tell us about yourself and your work and how your work relates to our mission. Tell us if you propose incorporated a workshop, talk or class with your exhibit. Include the number of works you’d like to display and the ideal time frame.
  • Resume and exhibition record (PDF, three pages max).
  • Up to five jpeg images of artwork with file names in the following format: ArtistName_ImageTitle_Medium_Size_Year. Size should be noted in inches, e.g. 5 x 7.

Submission Deadline is January 30, 2020. For questions, contact Meghan Forseth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 414-964-8505. Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to receiving your submission!

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 At our Riverside Park branch the spacious Community Room serves as gallery, meeting space, and classroom, and with its plentiful wall space typically exhibits two artists concurrently.

Beth Stoddard | Milwaukee County Parks Painting Project &
Danielle Bell | The Details of Nature

October - December 2019

An art exhibition of photographs and oil paintings provides views both focused and expansive of area ecosystems. Danielle Bell’s Details of Nature photography invites the viewer to appreciate the smaller features of plant and animal life. Beth Stoddard’s Milwaukee County Parks Painting Project represents the spacious Parks system’s varied scenery. Together these artists mount a show that urges us to heed John Muir’s call to “saunter through nature and stop walking past the landscape all around us.”

As a landscape designer and photographer, Danielle Bell sees a need to slow down and observe the features of the landscape from different perspectives. “So many times people walk past the landscape surrounding their home or place of work instead of enjoying and exploring it. As a society we need to come back to our roots and no longer see our front yard as a static element but as a living, diverse ecosystem.” By removing all outside clutter in her photographs, Danielle creates a hyper-focused moment of time capturing important details in nature that people overlook.

City dwelling landscape painter Beth Stoddard delights in Milwaukee’s green spaces by painting its County Parks. Her oil paintings' visible brushwork and modernist emphasis on shape activate the restful imagery of familiar urban parks and nature preserves. “Just over halfway through my project to paint all 169 of the parks, I continue to be surprised and delighted by the variety of views they offer, as well as how they facilitate a city dweller’s contact with the natural world.”

Beth Stoddard

Up close view of bumble bee on the center of a yellow flower

Danielle Bell

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