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Art Gallery

The Nicolet Art Gallery is celebrating a new season with a new look, new exhibits, and new activities. Visit our new gallery in the Northwoods Center featuring a variety of vibrant shows in range of media: painting, photography, fiber art, pottery, and more.

The Nicolet Art Gallery serves as a teaching gallery with Nicolet art classes continuously using the current displays for reference and study. It also serves as a place for professional artists from the Nicolet District and beyond to display their work.



Exhibits and Events


Northern National Art Piece30th Annual
Northern National Art Competition

Monday, September 18 - Friday, October 20

The Northern National Art Competition is a juried art exhibition co-sponsored by the Nicolet Art Gallery and the Northern Arts Council. Each year, hundreds of artists nationwide submit works to be considered for inclusion. The competition strives to showcase a cross-section of contemporary art in a variety of two-dimensional mediums. The art is always both intellectually stimulating and visually interesting. Learn more.

Near Bantry, Ireland - plein air oil - Jan Norsetter, Verona, WI
2016 Award of Excellence



Event 2Empty Bowls

Thursday, October 12
5 pm
Northwoods Center

Cost: $15 ($10 with a current Nicolet student ID)
Make reservations by Thursday, October 5 by calling 715-365-4512.  

Enjoy soup and bread made by the Nicolet Culinary students in a handmade ceramic bowl of your choosing. All proceeds go to support area food pantries.



Event 3Relative Visions

Monday, October 30 – Tuesday, November 21

Reception: Friday, November 3, 5 - 7 pm

Elemental Visions by Christopher Kanyusik
Explores various media and how they react to and record certain actions. Those records are then embodied in sculpture.

Intimate Visions by Janice Kanyusik
Observations of the natural world – along with the artist’s intuitive and emotional responses to them – are captured in photographs and sculptures.

Academic Visions by Robert Kanyusik
Explores visions arising from a philosophy of lifelong learning. The work ranges from digital media and graphics to the graphic novel.

Dark Sunset – photo – Janice Kanyusik, Rhinelander, WI



Event 4Prints By Jack Bilander and Bare Bones Paintings by Joel Skinner

Friday, December 1 – Friday, December 22

The works by printmaker/painter Jack Bilander (1919-2008) are from the collection of Laura Sells, a Communications instructor at Nicolet College. Sells’ grandmother was a friend of the artist when both were political activists in New York in the 1960s. Bilander’s work has been displayed throughout the U.S., from the Library of Congress (where it is part of the permanent collection) to major art museums and universities.

Joel Skinner’s Bare Bones, an exhibit for people of all ages, portrays dinosaur skeletons painted on recycled materials. The simple but enormous black and white depictions invite our imaginations to fill in the gaps. Skinner is a former Nicolet student and a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Dino 2 – oil – Joel Skinner, Rhinelander, WI



Event 5Tim Black Solo Show/New Work in the Nicolet College Collection

Monday, January 15 – Thursday, February 15

Northern Wisconsin artist Tim Black’s enigmatic landscapes, portraits, and female nudes (sometimes in highly imagined settings) are expertly and realistically rendered. Black’s education was divided between the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, the Aspen School of Art in Aspen, Colorado, and the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.

Astra in a Moonbeam – oil – Tim Black, Boulder Junction, WI



Event 6Rhinelander Photography Club

Friday, February 23 – Saturday, March 24
Closing Reception: March 24,
2 – 4 pm

The Rhinelander Photography Club includes amateurs, professionals, and assorted other shutterbugs from all over the Northwoods, united by their love of artistic photography. The collection of photographs in this exhibit encompasses the broad range of interests, equipment, and photographic approaches represented in the club itself. The club welcomes new members – no experience necessary!

Water Balloon Pop – digital photography – Jack Flint, Rhinelander, WI



Event 7Area High School Artists

Monday, April 2 – Saturday, April 21
Closing Reception: Saturday, April 21,
2 – 4 pm

This exhibit will showcase the creative talents of some stellar young adults in Rhinelander and elsewhere in the Nicolet district. Area art teachers are welcome to nominate their top students for inclusion in this inspiring and invigorating show. All high-quality, “varsity level” original work in any medium is welcome. Work does not need to have been completed in class, nor does it need to be framed. Contact Nicolet College Art Gallery Director Katy Ralph for more information.

Whimsical Woods – acrylic – RHS Art Teacher Brittany Haakenson, Rhinelander, WI



Event 8Nicolet Student Artists

Monday, April 30 – Thursday, May 17

Nicolet students exhibit their drawings, paintings, ceramics, photography, and graphic design projects. The work is the result of a variety of exercises assigned by their instructors. The students are working with foundational principles of art such as composition, contrast, design, color, line, shape, and value. In life-drawing classes, students gain a better understanding of anatomy in order to draw and paint figures.

Raven Totem – oil – Nicolet Instructor Betsy Popp



Event 9Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP)

Tuesday, May 29 – Saturday, June 23
Workshop: Saturday, June 23
Judge and Workshop Presenter: Jaron Childs, painter

Anyone 14 years or older is invited to submit art for this exhibit, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (WRAA) and Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) of the University of Wisconsin. This show is for artists who are not full-time professionals. It is especially designed for those people who are “emerging” artists, or who might not even call themselves artists. The exhibit culminates in a day-long workshop including a lecture or demonstration and an educational critique. Meritorious work selected from the numerous WRAP exhibits around the state will be displayed at the annual state WRAP exhibit.

Window – oil – Jaron Childs, Rhinelander, WI



Event 10Jim Rowe Retrospective

Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 3

Award-winning Antigo artist Jim Rowe has been involved with art his entire life. For decades, he focused on pottery, but he has an especially deep love of block printing and collage. His influences include the German Expressionist, Latin American, and Folk Art movements among several others. Rowe recently took up the intricate art of paper cutting known as Scherenschnitte, which means “scissor cuts” in German. This retrospective exhibit promises to be a delightful, and spiritually enriching, feast.

The Red Ribbon – collage – Jim Rowe, Antigo, WI



Event 11Fiber F(r)iends

Monday, August 13 – Saturday, September 8
Closing Reception: Saturday, September 8, 2 – 4 pm

A group of twelve nontraditional quilt artists from Northern and North Central Wisconsin display their widely varied fiber creations, twenty-four of which were created in response to two specific challenges in 2017 and 2018. Pieces range in size from potholder-tiny to bed-size large. View works that are dyed, painted, hand-sewn, machine-stitched, fused, and/or embellished, and enjoy the many talents these women share that have expanded their artistic horizons and supported their friendship.

Definitely Not Georgia O’Keefe – fiber – Gale Willcox, Rhinelander, WI


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