Now in its 56th year, Watercolor Wisconsin was started in 1966 to honor the depth and breadth of watercolor in the State of Wisconsin. This year’s show at RAM’s Wustum Museum features 106 works by 95 Wisconsin artists.
Jurors for the 2022 competition are Ratindra Das and Gail Ana Gomez. Das is both a Dolphin Fellow and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, a Master Signature member in Watercolor West, and a Distinguished Master in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Das has served as a juror for the American Watercolor Society’s annual exhibition and for many national organizations. He has conducted watercolor workshops and classes throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, China, Singapore, and Italy. Further career accomplishments include winning over 80 national awards, being featured in several books and magazines, and published two books, Watercolor with an Eye for Design and Watercolor Beyond Obvious Reality. Presently, Das is represented by the Blue Dolphin House and Gallery, Ephraim, Wisconsin, and Mullaly’s 128 Gallery, Elk Rapids, Michigan.
Gomez is the Associate Director of Exhibitions and Publications at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art. There she has managed numerous projects since 2014—from locally focused, historic exhibitions such as The Time is Now! Art Worlds of Chicago’s South Side 1960–1980, to exhibitions with a global reach such as The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China. With a background in studio art and art history, she also works as an independent curator and researcher with a special interest in self-taught and neurodiverse artists. Her newest research explores inclusive language and inclusive interpretative practices in museums.