2015 Artist Selection Jury
A Panel of Artists, Curators, & Art Appreciators
For our 2015 pilot program, ARTiculture is fortunate to have a team of five jurors to select a strong group of artists for the community to choose from by vote. We put together a group of community leaders, artists, gallery curators, and other artistic thinkers to help select the group of ARTiculture finalists.
John Adams is an Appleton native, graduating from Appleton North in 2000. He went on to earn an Associate Degree in Film & Video Production from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. After six years of steady work in the Chicago production community, he moved home to Appleton to pursue various projects, while still commuting to Chicago for his primary source of work. He is a proud member of the DGA (Directors Guild of America) as an Assistant Director (AD) in the commercial industry, working primarily on national and international commercials. He also produces his own content, shoots photography and dabbles in visual arts. His new project, The Draw, is set to open this summer in downtown Appleton. It’s a creative space for artists to work and socialize. The Draw will be home to a modern art gallery (feather and bone) as well as photographers, videographers, a tattoo artist, web designer, graphic artist, textile artist, stain glass artist, life management service, daily yoga, private brass and woodwinds lessons, painters, printmakers, sculptors, and installation artists, and is sure to evolve over time. John lives near downtown Appleton with his wife, Lindy, and daughter, Hazel. He’s proud to be an active member of Appleton’s thriving creative community.”
Chris Dearing is a business sponsorship account executive with Wisconsin Public Radio, serving the communities of Northeast Wisconsin. He enables local businesses to reach WPR’s audience, regionally and/or statewide. He builds these partnerships with a wide variety of businesses and non-profit organizations including arts, museums, educational, medical, financial, community organizations, foundations and more. In his two plus years in this position he has greatly increased WPR’s revenue, presence and impact within the Fox Cities and Oshkosh, in particular.
Previously Chris Dearing worked as an Account Executive with Fox Cities Magazine for seven years, where he was responsible for all aspects of ad sales. He was often an editorial contributor for article ideas and sources, as well as being a frequent photographer for both articles and ads. This position enabled him to interact with, and be involved in, the local arts scene.
Chris Dearing graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Photography from The Ohio State University in 1998. His own photography work was in large format pinhole photography and alternative processes. While his work is now purely recreational, he has a keen appreciation of art, art history and cultivating the arts in Northeast Wisconsin. In addition to those interests he also thinks of himself as a connoisseur of the Wisconsin dining scene, he enjoys brewing beer and he loves to laugh.
He has lived in downtown Appleton since 1998, where he is now raising two daughters with his wife, Sarah.
A 2008 graduate of Lawrence University, Nathan Litt is a Project Director at Willems Marketing & Events in downtown Appleton where he manages client projects and project staff and assists with the day-to-day operations of the firm. Litt was recently named a 2015 Fox Cities Future 15 award winner by Pulse Young Professionals, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Fox Cities Regional Partnership, in collaboration with Post-Crescent Media. Nathan is one of the core team members who helped launch Mile of Music in 2013 and currently serves as the festival’s coordinator of operations. Litt also serves on the Creative Downtown Appleton, Inc. board, which is dedicated to placemaking initiatives and the development of the creative economy in downtown Appleton.
Mary Jo Weidert worked as a graphic designer and art director in the advertising world for 24 years. In 2004 she began working with kiln formed glass. She opened Wild Apple Glass Studio & Gallery in 2007 where she teaches glass working and displays and sells her work along with many other talented artists. She is the currently owner of the Wild Apple Glass Studio and Gallery, Menasha, WI
As a graphic designer her works were on display from 1989-91 at The New York Art Directors Gallery in Soho as part of the DESI Awards Exhibit. Mary Jo also received two awards in 1998 from Print Magazine for Logo Design and Outdoor Billboard design. Her glass work has been shown internationally as a participating artist in the exhibit, “Two Cultures, One Spirit” held at the MOMA in Saitama Japan in 2009.
Mary Jo’s art glass can be found in galleries and retail gift stores across the U.S. and on her website at wildapplegallery.com
Robin Janson is president and co-owner of Urban Evolutions, Inc. along with her husband and vice president, Jeff. A California native, Robin grew up in Sacramento and graduated with a BA in Political Science from UCLA before moving to Wisconsin and receiving her MSW from UW Milwaukee. She and Jeff met while working in local youth ministry and went on to share a common love of antiques.
In the eighties the couple became pioneers in architectural salvage. After a fire nearly destroyed their 1890s farmhouse, they began a hunt for architectural materials to restore their home to its original character and integrity. As their collection of doors, moldings, and tin ceilings grew, they found themselves helping friends and downtown business owners with their own restoration projects. This local success, a longtime love of antiques, and their passion for creating something new and surprising out of vintage materials propelled them into launching Urban Evolutions, Inc. Urban now sources an amazing array of reclaimed building materials and furnishings for residential and commercial locations around the world. The Jansons still live in that Appleton farmhouse with their kids, Ella and Liam, and their yellow lab Britta.