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Call for Art

2022 Jurors

Visual Art

Katherine Alcauskas has served as Chief Curator at the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison since September 2019. Previously, she was Collections Curator and Exhibitions Manager for the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. She has also held positions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT.




Laura Bickford is Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center where she oversees the Art Preserve and related exhibitions at the Arts Center. She has had a lifelong love of all things handmade, embellished, encrusted, fried, miniature and oversized which has led to her professional pursuit of the vernacular, the extraordinary every day, and objects created on the margins of culture. She holds a BA in Art History and Folklore from the University of North Carolina and a Dual-Masters in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Sherrye Smith is a multi-media artist and educator currently living in southeast Wisconsin. She enjoys taking bits and combining them into a finished piece (small sculpture, bas-relief, jewelry, quilts, cards, wall art). She also finds joy, as an educator, in helping others explore their artistic expression using their known and unknown talents.






Richard Vargas was born in Compton, California. He earned his B.A. at Cal State University, Long Beach, where he studied under Gerald Locklin, and his MFA MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2010. He edited/published five issues of The Tequila Review, 1978-1980, publishing early works by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Alberto Rios, Nila Northsun, and many more. His first book, McLife, was featured twice on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac in 2006. A second book, American Jesus, was published by Tia Chucha Press in 2007. His third book, Guernica, revisited, was published in 2014, by Press 53, and was also featured on the Writer's Almanac. He was the recipient of the 2011 Taos Summer Writers’ Conference’s Hispanic Writer Award, was on the faculty of the 2012 10th National Latino Writers Conference and facilitated a workshop at the 2015 Taos Summer Writers’ Conference. Vargas also edited/published The Más Tequila Review from 2009-2015, featuring poets from across the country. He has read his poetry to audiences in Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Madison, Albuquerque/Santa Fe, Indianapolis, and Boulder. His fourth book will be published this summer by MouthFeel Press. Currently, he resides in Monona, Wisconsin.

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