The two-day event featured a Preview Night Party, with food and libations, and a chance to speak with the artists and designers.
The art sale allowed students and alumni to exhibit and sell their work, but also provided an opportunity for them to interact, both with each other and the public.
“It’s a great, neat thing, to bring in those with experience and offer your life as proof of what can happen when you believe in yourself,” John Casper ’71 said.
Students said the ability to talk with alumni while promoting their own work spurred their participation.
“It’s a chance to see how everyone works, to see what to work up to, to see how the work differs and to see what sets us apart as artists,” freshman Daniel Chow said.
Another draw was the show’s diversity. From photography, prints, paintings, and sculpture to holiday cards, stained glass coasters, woodworked tables, and hand-printed totes, all genres of works were represented.
“There’s no gallery in the city of Milwaukee, or the state of Wisconsin, that has this much diversity in a show,” freshman Ben Christianson said.
The show’s variety did not go unnoticed.
“What a great concept,” said one attendee, “and I love seeing the different age groups.”