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Call For Artists -  Riverside Park branch Community Room Gallery 

The Urban Ecology Center – Riverside Park is seeking artists interested in showing their work in our Community Room gallery. Submissions are due by January 20, 2019.

Submission Requirements:

Artwork must support the mission of the Urban Ecology Center: connect people in cities to nature and each other.

Your proposal must include the following:

  • An Artist Statement and Resume (PDF, five pages maximum). Please tell us how your artwork helps the Center in its mission, and your connection as an artist to the natural world. Describe your overall approach to your work, methods, materials. Include any plans you have to incorporate a workshop or activity with your exhibit. State the number of works you’d like to display, sizes, and ideal exhibit time frame. Include your resume and exhibition record.
  • Up to five images of artwork (PDF, two pages maximum).

Click here to apply and submit your art for consideration

Submission deadline is January 20th, 2019. 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!

Exhibit Details:

As a neighborhood-based organization in a diverse neighborhood, we strive to host artists reflecting that diversity and whose artwork resonates with our community. Artists with connections to neighborhoods near Riverside Park are encouraged to apply!

Our exhibit spaces also serve as meeting rooms and classrooms that are used daily - by kids and students as well as adults, so please consider that artwork must be appropriate for all ages.

Work submitted in your proposal must be representative of the work you will exhibit.

Selected artwork will be displayed in one of the upcoming year’s quarterly shows. Art Opening receptions are on the second Thursday evening (5 - 7 pm) of the month beginning an exhibit. There is 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 Center provides the exhibit space, opening reception, and notifies its membership and community of the exhibit. While the Center will promote the art show, artists are responsible for their personal distribution lists (a graphic postcard will be provided).

Artwork may be made available for purchase with a 20% of sale price contribution to the Urban Ecology Center. The Center carries insurance for these exhibits. Artists are also welcome to offer workshops or talks relative to their work at the Center.

All submitting artists will be notified of selection results by March 1st.

If you are interested in displaying your work at the center, please contact Meghan Forseth, Riverside Park Branch Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recent shows

Stories of Symbiosis and Synchronicity
October through December 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 11th, 2018 | 5 - 7 pm

Melissa Courtney Melissa’s work is interdisciplinary in paint, print and textiles. She believes in connection: that as in nature, we all need each other to live. This series of abstract work is about pieces that need each other to “survive”, and feed off each other visually. She symbolizes things found in nature that are essential in symbiotic relationships; i.e., water, nests, roots and oxygen. Thick paint and short, deliberate brush strokes create a feeling of movement; in nature, something is always moving, evolving. Water rushing, wind blowing, life growing.

Marly Gisser Marly has always been drawn to old, patinated wooden surfaces, and finds materials in cast-off urban trash, recycled found items, and natural items such as pine needles, shells, stones, bark. The active searching for materials amidst discarded items aligns with the Urban Ecology Center’s tenet to recycle whenever possible. Putting these things together to create an assemblage often involves story-telling with the objects. This process of assembling seems one of synchronicity; where there is an intuitive feeling for what belongs together and what does not.

Kc Harrison Kc observes other living beings with open intentions, hoping to learn from them, imagining the many unique ways life is experienced. With the resourcefulness and craftiness of many animal species in mind, she mimics their gathering instinct and uses found and repurposed material, working intuitively, instinctively, and sustainably. Her drawings describe the process of making sculptural ‘stagings’ of stories in nature, asking the viewer to imagine from the beast’s point of view, to be receptive to new interpretations, and always to empathize with the subject.

October2018 1Melissa Courtney

October2018 3Kc Harrison

October2018 2 Marly Gisser

Everything is Energy and Interaction
January through March 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 | 5 - 7 pm

Kelli Greentree Kelli loves the outdoors: a breath of air after rain, the warmth of the sun on her skin, the sounds of the forest, the taste of wild mulberries, the view of the sunset from up high, the sheer joy she experiences while riding her bicycle. And, she loves color: bright and cheery, dark and creepy, she loves it all, and enjoys putting colors together - to jump of the canvas and make it breathe. These inspirations drive her art, allowing her to share her vision of what surrounds us.

Phyllis Bankier Phyllis has been volunteering with the UEC’s ROOTS for several years and along the way, getting to know the wildflowers that bloom in Riverside Park and Rotary Arboretum. While seeing the prairie and woodlands thrive with diverse flora and fauna, Phyllis appreciates the dedication and knowledge of UEC staff to preserve and enhance these natural areas. Phyllis’ photographs are like portraits, capturing the essence of beauty within a moment in time, enabling viewers to see the intricacies and details of nature, encouraging a walk outside.


Kelli Greentree


Phyllis Bankier

So Much Life through Photography
April through June 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 11th, 2019 | 5 - 7 pm

The long-standing Photo Club at the Urban Ecology Center is a talented and dedicated group of photographers. With this exhibit beginning during Earth Month, in the time of spring wildflowers, breeding herptiles and migrating birds, their photographs of the wildlife in our midst and throughout the year will inspire you. See through photographers’ eyes: native flora, winter ice, migrating birds, and more - and nature from travels afar, too. Maybe you will look more closely, enjoy the outdoors with new eyes and perspectives, celebrate all the life of the Urban Ecology Center, and maybe pick up a camera yourself.

April 5

Ian Dickmann

April 2019 Art

Diane Rychlinski

April 2019 Art

Jack Kleinman


Phyllis Bankier

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Diana Duffey

The Art of Mending The Earth
July - September 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11th, 2019 | 5-7 pm

Ney Tait Fraser: Ney’s very large, personal paintings of close-up wildflowers will cover the gallery’s walls. And this exhibit is also an opportunity to consider and discuss the nature of Art. Ney says, “In a world already smothered by objects, perhaps it is time to start making living, conceptual art that mends the web of life. Small creatures such as birds, butterflies and spiders could be given habitat with indigenous plants.” Over a period of several decades, Ney has improved Big Bay/Buckley Park by removing invasive plants, and she says, “This landscape is now a living, conceptual piece that sustains wildlife.... Loss of pollinators is one the most import issues of our time. Instead of making more interior decoration, Art [as native plant landscapes] could address this problem.”

Because of the influence of local natural landscaping hero Lorrie Otto, Ney wrote and illustrated a book called Mending the Earth in Milwaukee which includes sixteen stories of extraordinary, pioneer gardeners who created mini Edens by replacing lawn and exotic plants with native plants.

Ney Tait Fraser

Ney Tait Fraser

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Ney Tait Fraser

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