ARTservancy began in September of 2018 and has now grown to include five partnerships with the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, the River Revitalization Foundation, the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Tall Pines Conservancy and the Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy.
Artist Residents create a body of artwork inspired by the property, culminating in a month-long exhibition at Gallery 224. Programming is offered throughout their residency year, include an ongoing blog featuring the artist on A Wealth of Nature, on-site tours, performances, workshops and demonstrations.
ARTservancy encourages collaborations with community partners to highlight access and give permission to create in natural spaces, breaking down the gates of a metaphorical Walled Garden. ARTservancy's mission is to protect and establish empathetic roles in these spaces, while advocating for equal, safe and innovative artwork.
Frankie Suzanne Garr
Angela and Justin Bitner
Karen and Patrick Robison
Jaymee Harvey Willms
Patricia Bertha Mattingly
Reflections from Artist Residents
I am not educated in native plant species and my knowledge of trees is limited, so my appreciation of Sidney Woods was one of color, shape and texture.
My work with Zinn preserve encapsulates my unique perspective as I walk down the path through the conifers, through the marsh, and let the preserve teach me as I bridge the worlds of science and art.
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Make sure to tag and follow @ARTservancy to keep up with Artist Residents as they share creative practices, programs, exhibitions and news.
Why Support ARTservancy?
Visibility: ARTservancy fosters increased awareness of the value of green space on a creative, personal and experiential level. while providing visibility for both artists and conservationists. It is an opportunity to reach an audience who might not be aware of the ongoing and difficult tasks of preserving green space. Artists are able to tell a story and inspire in a way that information alone does not.
Fiscal Partnerships: Partnerships increase and build a more diverse audience for the cause. Financial support for ARTservancy drives the continuation of deep collaborative partnerships and provides artists the freedom that allows creativity to bloom. With your support, Gallery 224 will be able to provide direct financial support to ARTservancy artists for programming and projects. Sponsoring one or more artists is a special way to support ARTservancy while providing a unique opportunity to get to know the artists who bring ARTservancy to life.
Sharing Information: ARTservancy helps create a more informed audience by providing an educational and interpretive component for audience engagement. The more we know about these sacred places and the animals, birds and insects that inhabit them, the better we can appreciate and protect them.
Artist Support: ARTservancy provides artist support through a rotation of exhibitions at Gallery 224. All of the art represented at Gallery 224 is created by ARTservancy artists both past and present, providing ongoing visibility for ARTservancy programming.