Nohl: Suitcase Export Fund 2010

January 10, 2011

Congratulations to the first eight awardees in the 2010 cycle of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund. The fund provides support to greater Milwaukee artists who are exhibiting or screening work outside the immediate four-county area. This group of artists will be taking work to Georgia, Ohio, New Mexico, Oregon, Illinois, Thailand and Italy.

Will Pergl: To participate in an exhibition at ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Artin Athens, GA, a non-profit art space. Pergl is transporting multiple large elements to install a sculpture that will be 30’ x 10’ x 20’.

John Ruebartsch: To travel his solo exhibition of 33 recent photographs, Here, There and Elsewhere: Refugee Families in Milwaukee to Bowling Green State University Student Union Art Gallery in Bowling Green, OH. The exhibition, a photo-documentary of refugee households in Milwaukee, originated at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. Ruebartsch will participate in a panel discussion with local scholars sponsored by the Ethnic Cultural Arts Program and School of Education.

Sonja Thomsen: To exhibit a 12-panel photographic piece entitled “Petroleum” in the New Mexico Museum of Art’s survey, Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment.

Valorie Schleicher: To exhibit two photographs in the juried group exhibition Fish & Fishing Art at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon. The work, in all media, is exhibited along items from local tribes reflecting the long tradition of fishing on the Oregon coast.


Faythe Levine: To attend the first screening of Handmade Nation (a film completed while Levine was a Nohl Fellow) in Thailand at Free Size just outside Bangkok. This will be Levine’s first appearance in southeast Asia, and she will follow the screening with a discussion that covers such topics as the empowerment of working with one’s hands, reclaiming craft and making it your own, and the politics of the handmade. She will also lead a workshop on “any skill-level” embroidery and a roundtable discussion about craftivism.

Christopher Willey: For a solo exhibition at the Prairie Street Gallery in Rockford, IL. The gallery is run by the Art Matters Co-op, an artists’ cooperative. The show will include paintings, drawings, prints and an installation, and represents the culmination of three years’ work. Willey, who received a Suitcase award in 2006, noted that it “was a fantastic experience which propelled my career.”

Santiago Cucullu: For a solo exhibition at Galleria Umberto DiMarino in Naples, Italy. Cucullu will be showing several watercolors and two videos, and will also make a sculpture and wall piece while he is there.

Kim Miller: For two programs that will be offered while she is participating in the ComPeung Artist-in-Residence Program in Doi Saket, Chiang Mai Province, in Northern Thailand. The ComPeung Village of Creativity program is designed to bring together local and international artists and the community; the project team is made up of professional artists and local tribal people. Miller will screen her latest work (much of it created while she was a 2009 Nohl Fellow) in conjunction with an exhibition of work by local artists. At the end of the residency, Miller will show the live performance and videos she has created with Thai artists; it will be part of a community presentation. Miller has a particular interest in popular forms of movement and performance in Thailand (from talok sporting events to likay and bar karaoke); she will be seeking out Thai dancers and performance artists while she is there.
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