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Art Gallery

The Nicolet Art Gallery is celebrating a new season with a new look, new exhibits, and new activities. Visit our new gallery in the Northwoods Center featuring a variety of vibrant shows in range of media: painting, photography, fiber art, pottery, and more.

The Nicolet Art Gallery serves as a teaching gallery with Nicolet art classes continuously using the current displays for reference and study. It also serves as a place for professional artists from the Nicolet District and beyond to display their work.

Gallery hours are listed and the gallery is also open during most Nicolet Live! theatre presentations.


Exhibits and Events


Event 129th Annual
Northern National Art Competition

Monday, September 26 - Friday, November 4

View the selected submissions for the 29th Annual NNAC exhibit.

The Northern National Art Competition is a juried art exhibition co-sponsored by the Nicolet Art Gallery and the Northern Arts Council. Each year, hundreds of artists nationwide submit works to be considered for inclusion. The competition strives to showcase a cross-section of contemporary art in a variety of two-dimensional mediums. The art is always both intellectually stimulating and visually interesting.



Event 2Nicolet College Collection

Wednesday, November 16 – Friday, January 6

Nicolet College has been collecting artwork for nearly 30 years. Each year, the College purchases a new piece from the Northern National Art Competition. Many other works were donated by artists and patrons in the Nicolet district, including some by the well-regarded Midwest oil painter John Tupa. The collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, photography, ceramics, mixed media, and fiber art.

The Launch – digital print – John Miller


Event 3Grittner, Peterson-Grittner, and Wilson

Tuesday, January 17 – Friday, February 10
Closing Reception: Saturday, February 11
2:30 - 4 pm

Three very different artists will grace our walls with their intriguing work. Jami Peterson-Grittner is an art quilter who holds an MA in  photography. She draws inspiration in large part from her Anishinaabe culture, her faith, and nature. Jami’s husband Joseph Grittner is a potter, painter, and art educator at Northland Pines. His art reflects his personal interpretation of the nature of reality. Nicolet College’s drawing, painting, and art appreciation instructor Nathan Wilson will be showing his most recent work. His enigmatic, imaginative images are most often representational and primarily figurative.

Self Portrait – art quilt – Jami Peterson-Grittner


Event 4Nicolet District High School "Varsity" Exhibit

Monday, February 20 – Saturday, March 18
Closing Reception: Saturday, March 18
2 - 4 pm

Attention, high school-age artists: This exhibit will showcase the creative talent of some stellar young adults in the Nicolet district. Area art teachers are welcome to nominate their top students for inclusion in this inspiring and invigorating show. All high-quality, “varsity level”, original work in any medium is welcome. Work does not need to have been completed in class, nor does it need to be framed. Proposals are also requested from musical acts to perform during the reception on March 18. Anyone from solo ensemble students to garage bands may apply. Contact Nicolet Art Gallery Director Katy Ralph for more information.

Owl – white charcoal – Kiara Murphy


Event 5Stephen Wysocki

Saturday, March 25 – Friday, April 21
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 25
2 - 4 pm
The reception will feature classical guitar music played by Stephen’s daughter Sophia Wysocki

Artist Stephen Wysocki says, “I love to paint and I am always painting, even when I don’t have a brush in my hands.” His mission with his colorful acrylic paintings is to reveal the beauty found in the ordinary, and to allow viewers to experience everyday sights in a fresh, new, and unexpected way. Wysocki gravitates toward plain structures; castaway objects and roadside junk, and portrays these subjects in rich, joyful, and remarkable ways. Wysocki was a student at Nicolet College in the early 1990s and continued his education at UW-Green Bay.

The Stand Off – oil – Stephen Wysocki


Event 6Nicolet College Student Art Exhibit

Tuesday, May 2 – Friday, May 19

Nicolet students exhibit their drawings, paintings, ceramics, photography, and graphic design projects. The work is the result of a variety of exercises assigned by their instructors. The students are working with the foundational principles of art: composition, contrast, design, color, line, shape, and value, to name a few. In life-drawing classes, students gain a better understanding of anatomy in order to draw and paint figures.

Sneaking through the Mall – oil – Nate Wilson, Nicolet College Instructor


Event 7Wisconsin Regional Art Program

Entry Form Due: May 12
Tuesday, May 30 – Saturday, June 24
Workshop: Saturday, June 24
9:30 am - Noon; 1:30 - 3 pm
Presenter: Stephen Wysocki, Painter

Anyone 14 years or older is invited to submit art for this exhibit, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (WRAA) and Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) of the University of Wisconsin. This show is for artists who are not necessarily full-time professionals. It is especially designed for those people who are ‘emerging’ artists, or who might not even call themselves “artists.” The exhibit culminates in a day-long workshop including a lecture or demonstration and an educational critique. Meritorious work selected from the WRAP exhibits held around the state will be displayed at the annual state WRAP exhibit.

Back Streets of Eagle River – watercolor – Marlyn Hupperts


Event 8Gehl, Gehl, Arnold, and Virta

Wednesday, July 12 – Saturday, August 19
Closing Reception: Saturday, August 19
2 - 4 pm

Award-winning artists Mary and John Gehl divide their time between Manitowish Waters and Brookings, Oregon. Mary, who studied drawing and painting at UCLA, is an intuitive painter working with watercolor, acrylic, and pastel. John is a metal sculptor and photographer. Jim Arnold, who grew up in the Northwoods, has combined his love of scuba diving with his fascination for photography to capture images taken from a unique perspective. Artist Susanne Virta travels between homes in both Eagle River and Hamburg, Germany. Her evocative and imaginative paintings are influenced by these two distinctly different places.

Motherhood – metal sculpture – John Gehl


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