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.
Gallery hours are listed and the gallery is also open during most Nicolet Live! theatre presentations. The gallery schedules shows each year which function as a learning service to the area's elementary and secondary school students.
In 1988, Nicolet and the Northern Arts Council began hosting the Northern National Art Competition, which draws works from top artists across the country.
2015 - 2016 Exhibits and Events
Saturday, September 19 - Saturday, October 17, 2015
Reception: Saturday, October 17
2 - 4 pm
In the spring of 2012, ten nontraditional quilt artists from Northern and Central Wisconsin formed the group Fiber Friends to learn new techniques together, critique each other’s work, and enjoy the company of like, creative minds. Every year, they challenge themselves with a new learning opportunity. This year’s exhibit will debut the members’ art quilts that meet their 2015 challenge. The exhibit is intended to help viewers appreciate the wide variety of techniques applied to fiber art.
Saturday, October 24 - Saturday, November 21, 2015
Reception and Woodturing Demo: Saturday, October 24
2 - 4 pm
Woodturning involves spinning wood on a lathe while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. The gallery will display a variety of inspiring pieces produced by Northwood Turners, a group started in 2005 that is now a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Some of the pieces are purely artistic. Others combine both art and function. You will be surprised and amazed at what the Northwood Turners produce using only wood, a basic machine, and a few simple implements.
That Tree: Shades of Wisdom
Thursday, December 3 - Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Reception: Tuesday, December 8
6 - 7:30 pm (Precedes artist's presentation)
Using only his iPhone, photographer Mark Hirsch captured the ever-changing world of a bur oak tree in a cornfield. The photos, taken daily for a year, revealed a universe of subtle wonders and a therapeutic adventure of self-discovery, inspiration, and enlightenment. Hirsch posted the evolving photo journal on Facebook, attracting thousands of followers. The images are the subject of the widely loved photo book, That Tree. Visit the gallery and experience That Tree’s edifying life lessons.
Three Visions: Oil Painting by Jaron Childs, Photography by Craig Pilecky and Benjamin Tatrow
Monday, January 11 - Saturday, February 20, 2016
Reception: February 20
5:30 - 7 pm (Precedes "Primitive Culture")
Three Visions showcases the captivating work of three area artists. Painter Jaron Childs, of Rhinelander, works from photographs of people and places and then interprets freely to convey the world that he sees. Photographic artist and retired Army sergeant Benjamin Tatrow, also of Rhinelander, reflects a fascination with the beauty of the accessible world and the natural light. Antigo artist Craig Pilecky specializes in creative digital photography. His images, which include astrophotography, capture a variety of subjects but the unifying theme is light.
Lakeland Art League
Friday, February 26 - Saturday,
March 19, 2016
Reception: Saturday, March 19
2 - 4 pm
The Lakeland Art League, Inc. (LAL) is a nonprofit organization promoting the visual arts in the Lakeland area by offering educational programs, workshops, scholarships, and art events. Members meet once a week in Woodruff to create, discuss, and critique artwork. This exhibit will feature a wide variety of different mediums and styles of work including photography, painting, pastel, and many others. Enjoy fascinating works done by members from this area of our state.
Manito Art League
Thursday, March 31 - Saturday,
April 23, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 23
2 - 4 pm
The Manito Art League in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin was founded in 1965 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and appreciation of the visual, creative, and performing arts in Northern Wisconsin. Over the years, the League has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships for study in the fine arts. This exciting exhibit will include the work of eighteen league members with many examples of oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media paintings, photography, jewelry, and fiber art.
Nicolet College Student Art Exhibit
Saturday, April 30 - Saturday,
May 21, 2016
Student Portfolio Show:
Tuesday, May 10
4 - 6:30 pm
Nicolet students showcase their work from classes in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and graphic design with examples of exercises in life drawing, portrait painting, color theory, and basic compositional techniques. The exhibit will also highlight computer-generated artwork, pen-and-ink designs, and 3D assembled projects. Held in conjunction with the exhibit, the Student Portfolio Show displays two years of work by Nicolet students graduating with Graphic Design associate degrees.
Wisconsin Regional Art Program
Friday, June 3 - Friday, July 1, 2016
Workshop: Saturday, June 25
Entry Form Due: May 14
Anyone 14 and older is invited to submit work for this exhibit, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (WRAA) and the Wisconsin Regional Arts Program (WRAP) of the University of Wisconsin. This exhibit is designed to encourage emerging artists. Participants attend a one-day workshop that includes a lecture or demonstration and an educational critique. Meritorious work selected from the WRAP exhibits held around the state will be displayed at the annual state WRAP exhibit.
WRAP judge and presenter: Karen Lenhart, watercolorist
Northern National Art Competition
Monday, July 18 - Saturday, September 10, 2016
Reception: Saturday, July 16
Entry Form Due: May 7
Contact Katy Ralph at firstname.lastname@example.org for an entry form or more information.
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.
Opening Reception: Includes music, wine, and a light buffet dinner, followed by the judge’s commentary in the Nicolet College Theatre.