The 4th Annual Milwaukee Domes Art Festival (2013) is pleased to have Shelby Keefe, Michael Flanagan and Rita Maria as jurors for this year's great art festival. These individuals have a strong background in the art industry, making them the perfect choice to jury our great art festival.
Shelby KeefeShelby Keefe is a highly decorated contemporary impressionistic painter, teacher and performance artist. She has been the poster artist for some of the largest and most prestigious art festivals in the country including the Cherry Creek Festival of the Arts and the Milwaukee Lakefront Festival of the Arts. Shelby was also chosen as the Channel 10 Great TV Auction Featured Artist for 2010. Graduating in 1981 with a BFA from Cardinal Stritch University, and retired from a career in graphic design, she now operates her own art studio and exhibition space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her award-winning urban landscape paintings have earned her participation in prestigious national juried shows and arts festivals as well as garnering commission work for a variety of corporate clients and private collectors. Her oil paintings are found in collections such as The Bradley Foundation, Acuity, Northwestern Mutual, in many other businesses around Milwaukee, and in private collections around the nation. Her individual awards, honors and accolades are too numerous to list.
Learn more about Shelby at www.studioshelby.com
Michael Flanagan is currently the Director of the Crossman Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he has been working since 1995. In addition to managing the gallery, he teaches a General Education class and a basic art course in the Department of Art and Design. Flanagan is a member of the Board at the Walker’s Point Center of the Arts where he chairs the Exhibition Committee.
Recently he has been the juror for the Beloit and Vicinity Exhibit; the Madison Art Fair; the Hidden River Arts Festival; the Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Membership Show; the Oconomowoc Art Fair; the 61st Annual Art Competition, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay; the1st Southeast Regional Collegiate Competition, Rahr West Art Museum; and the Marshfield Art Fair.
He presented “University Museums and Galleries in the Community,” for the Midwest Museum Conference and published an article under the same title for the Midwest Museum Association News Brief. He has also exhibited his own work at the Common Wealth Gallery in Madison, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Gallery 218, DeLind Gallery, the Crossman Gallery and Fiskum Gallery at UW-Whitewater, and Walker’s Point Center of the Arts.
Learn More at http://blogs.uww.edu/crossman/
Rita Maria was born in 1977 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received a BFA in Illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1999. She has developed her passion for art not only by constantly challenging her painting techniques and skills, but also by finding new ways to express her feminine ideas and insights. Rita Maria’s work is a synergy between painting, collaging, writing and photo transferring mixed media pieces. She is continually inspired to bounce between her life as an artist, writer, tutor of arts and entrepreneur. Her credo is to intentionally live her life with purpose, passion and creative authenticity. Expressing her truths through her artwork and encouraging others to do the same. Elaine Erickson Gallery, Grace Chosy and the Delafield Arts Center currently represent Rita Maria’s artwork.
Read more about her on her website RitaMariaGallery.com.
Read about our 2010 art festival jurors.
Read about our 2011 art festival jurors.
Read about our 2012 art festival jurors.