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Artist Spotlight

Emily Willey

Oshkosh native Emily Willey is no stranger to aircraft and art. Her passion for planes has become the creative inspiration for her work. “My father was a pilot and my mom had her license, so I was always surrounded by [aviation],” Willey says.  Willey’s painting career began at age 14 when she asked her mom READ MORE

Carissa Sosnowski

Posted on May. 1, 2019 by Sarah Wells

For self-taught Appleton collage artist Carissa Sosnowski, intuition has played a major role in her art career. Having enjoyed arts and crafts since childhood, Sosnowski found her interest in collage through a daily journaling class in high school. Students had the option to either write or create a collage about their day in their journals. READ MORE

Dave Razor

Appleton artist Dave Razor works with new media, sound and artificial intelligence (AI) to create interactive works of art. His immersive experiences challenge the passive viewer relationship of traditional art by asking viewers to impact and influence the finished product. Razor has exhibited work at art shows and nonprofit events throughout the Fox Valley. His READ MORE

Jamison Glisczinski

Jamison Glisczinski, owner of Jamison Studios in Neenah, is relatively new to the art scene after becoming a full-time artist in April 2017. However, Glisczinski stands to show it is never too late to follow your dreams. As a child, Glisczinski was always drawing or creating something, especially with Legos. He studied fine arts at READ MORE

Todd Richardson

Posted on Jan. 31, 2019 by Sarah Wells

“I always wanted to be in the art world; I didn’t know how exactly. I turned it into teaching my junior or senior year [of high school], and I decided I wanted to do that. That’s what I went to school for, to be an art teacher. And that’s what I’ve been doing for 10 READ MORE

Patt Huss

After 30 years as a muralist, Kaukauna artist Patt Huss traded in 20-foot ceilings for canvases in 2008. She began painting representational and still life portraits, but Huss’s current passion consists of abstract works made with layers of oil paint and cold wax mixed together.  “I love it because I can build the layers,” she READ MORE

Sonja Oldenburg

Raised in a creative family, Sonja Oldenburg was introduced to the arts by her parents while growing up in Oshkosh. She was supplied with the tools to make art since she could hold a pencil. Although it was mostly scribbles at first, this was the start of Oldenburg’s art journey.  Now living in Menasha, Oldenburg READ MORE

Zane Statz

Green Bay graphic designer and muralist Zane Statz creates work in all shapes and sizes, but his heart belongs to multistory murals.  “My main passion is large-scale work,” he says. “The bigger the canvas, the more freedom I have. It lets me be more creative.” Last fall, the St. Norbert College grad was contracted by READ MORE

Tyla Hilfreich

In many ways, the work of 26-year-old artist and curator Tyla Hilfreich defies definition. The Appleton resident works in a variety of mediums, from printmaking and graphic arts to sculpture made from trash found on the street.  In July, Hilfreich participated in UW-Manitowoc’s Really Big Prints 3.0, a gathering of printmakers creating relief prints so READ MORE

Julie Jilek

By now, Julie Jilek could be considered a founding member of the Fox Cities’ new creative class. The claim would surely cause the Appleton native to blush and protest, but neither make it any less true. Jilek graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, but she spent her childhood growing up in Appleton. READ MORE