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Riverwest Artist Takes Top Prize in 2018 Wisconsin Biennial

Photo courtesy of Museum of Wisconsin Art
Mark Klassen - Air Conditioner

There are still a couple of weeks left to visit the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend to see the 2018 Wisconsin Biennial exhibition. The statewide competition is open to artists working in all media. The prize selections are made by an outside jury.

Credit Courtesy of Museum of Wisconsin Art
Artist Mark Klassen with his winning work, 'Air Conditioner'

Mark Klassen is the grand prize winner of the 2018 Biennial. The Riverwest artist is an associate professor of art at Beloit College and the owner of The Ski Club Gallery.

Klassen submitted a piece simply called Air Conditioner.

He says his choice of subject matter is part of his larger art practice: "I’m really interested in these things that are in our world that are so pervasive that they become invisible to our consciousness."

Lake Effect's full conversation with him is here:

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.