August 11, 2010

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear nationally recognized artist Jon Wos and view award-winning artwork by 30 Wisconsin artists with disabilities. Enjoy refreshments and a special performance by the VSA Choir of Appleton, September 16th 5:30-7:30.

The reception celebrates Creative Power: VSA Wisconsin’s Traveling Exhibition. Each year, VSA Wisconsin issues a Call for Art inviting all Wisconsin artists ages five and older with disabilities to submit artwork for review by arts professionals, who look for originality, creativity and craftsmanship. Ten pieces are chosen to be added to Creative Power, and ten pieces retire each year. The exhibition generates increased public awareness of the artistic and creative talents of artists with disabilities

Jon Wos, whose glass sculpture and realistic paintings have been exhibited nationwide, was born in Lena, Wisconsin in 1981 and diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. His childhood was filled with fractures, body casts, surgeries, and hospitals. He spent most of his time in bed drawing or making something with his hands. He developed his artistic skills in high school and college, and in 2003 he received the grand prize in the VSA arts/Volkswagen of America contest entitled Road trip: A Journey of Discovery. His work was also selected for a VSA arts international juried exhibition presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2006. Wos’s work is in many private and public collections, including the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Ripon College, and the offices of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. Wos has had two works included in VSA Wisconsin’s traveling exhibition by two works. In his haunting self-portrait Calm After the Storm, Wos depicts himself resting on a broken human bone in a landscape of leg and arm bones standing upright in the earth. His Cosmic Glass sculpture represents the frailty and power of life, best expressed with glass given its brittle nature and beautiful, translucent qualities. Wos’s presentation will highlight how living with a disability has influenced and informed his art.

The VSA Choir of Appleton provides ongoing music education and performance opportunities for community members with and without disabilities. The VSA Choir of Appleton will perform under the direction of choir director Tiffany Vollrath.

View the exhibit August 9th-September 24th at the Menasha Public Library.
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