Billy Wenner

920 . 284 . 5834
billy@billywenner.com

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About

Artist Statement

In the 1990's, I sat myself down in from the television and consumed a large quantity of cartoons. The quirky and anthropomorphic imagery imbedded itself in my mind. In more recent times my midwestern upbringing and my occupation as a bartender has kept me quite occupied with beer. I began to work these two influences together through wood and paint. Working with wood on the lathe allows me to mill bottles and cans with precision. I then alter the form by hand to bring these fantasy objects to life. Painting allows me to use contorted perspectives and infuse strange narratives that reflect on some of the common midwestern experiences. The following works are the formalities of art, altered with my own dark humor, under influence of 90's cartoons.

Exhibitions

Education

  • 2014 BA in Studio Art, University of Wisconsin Green Bay

Scholarships/Awards

  • 2016 3rd place, Year of the Monkey Print Exchange, The Lion’s Nest, Austin, TX
  • 2015 2nd place, There's no place like home, Artscenetoday.com
  • 2014 Class Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
  • 2014 Best in Show, Senior Show 2014, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2014 Academic Symposium, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Green Bay, WI
  • 2014 Runner Up, Creative Quarterly 35, Creative Quarterly Journal, New York, NY
  • 2014 David Damkoehler Scholarship, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Green Bay,
  • WI
  • 2014 Second Place Award, Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Westbend, WI
  • 2013 Award for Excellence - 2D, 41st Annual Juried Exhibition, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2013 Arts and Visual Design Award, 41st Annual Juried Exhibition, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2013 Craig Mueller COA Scholarship, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Green Bay, WI
  • 2012 Excellence in Painting, 40th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2012 Provosts Award, 40th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI

Exhibition Record

  • 2016 Waysides, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
  • 2016 Year of the Monkey Print Exchange, The Lion’s Nest, Austin, TX
  • 2015 Time Print Exchange, Juried by Tyler Helfreich, Menomonie, WI
  • 2015 The Bed Show, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2015 The Art of Our Consumption, Foundry Arts Center, St. Louis, MO
  • 2014 Members Show, Muesum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI
  • 2014 Forward 2014, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2014 Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Muesum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI
  • 2013 41st Annual Juried Exhibition, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2013 Drink n' Draw, 407 Gallery, Green Bay, WI
2013 Art Agency Salon Show 2013, 407 Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2013 Solo Show, A Drawing, 407 Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2013 Theft in the Gallery, 407 Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2013 Extraordinary Gentleman, 407 Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2013 Sculpture 2013, 407 Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2012 40th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI
  • 2012 Art Agency Copper Rock Show, Copper Rock Cafe, Appleton, WI
  • 2012 Art Agency Common Grounds Cafe Show, Common Grounds Cafe, Green Bay, WI
  • 2012 Art Agency Salon Show 2012, 407 Gallery, Green Bay, WI

Related Experience

  • 2016 Really Big Prints, University of Wisconsin Manitowoc, Manitowoc, WI
  • 2016 Internship, Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Two Rivers, WI
  • 2015 Studio Assistant, Kate Borcherding, Kohler, WI
  • 2015 Exquisite Corpse Steamroller Print Event, The Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, WI
  • 2015 Tom Huck's Woodcut Bootcamp, St. Louis, MO
  • 2015 Carnival of Ink, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
  • 2015 Curator, Summer Art Camp, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
  • 2014 Small Scale Bronze Casting, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
  • 2014 Assistant Curator, Summer Art Camp, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
  • 2014 Studio Assistant, Bryan Shoneman, Kohler, WI
  • 2014 Painting Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
  • 2013 President, Art Agency, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
  • 2013 Studio Assistant, Celeste Roberge, Kohler, WI
  • 2013 Studio Assistant, Beth Lipman, Sheyboygan, WI
  • 2013 Studio Assistant, Tom Joyce, Kohler, WI
  • 2012 Shop Attendant, University of Wisconsin Green, Bay Green Bay, WI
  • 2011 Sculpture Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Green Bay, WI