Member Profile: Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
(posted: Apr 01, 2014)
What does your company do?
Now in its 12th season, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary cultural arts center that presents performances by world-renowned artists and ensembles, offers myriad arts education opportunities, and curates an ever-changing art gallery featuring nationally renowned artists. Recognized as one of Southeast Wisconsin’s most important cultural anchors, the Wilson Center has achieved widespread recognition for its eclectic programming featuring internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles.
Integral to its mission, the Wilson Center promotes lifelong learning in the arts, offering innovative programs and classes for children, teens, and adults of all abilities in state-of-the-art studios and classrooms. Many of southeast Wisconsin’s finest arts organizations have partnered with the Center to offer professional instruction on-site, including First Stage Theater Academy, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
The Center’s acclaimed Ploch Art Gallery presents five rotating exhibitions each year, showcasing Wisconsin fine artists that have achieved national acclaim. The Wilson Center also presents one of the Midwest’s most distinguished art festivals, the Hidden River Art Festival, which features 100 of the Midwest’s finest artists.
What’s new for your company in 2014?
The Wilson Center’s new Family Series features high-quality, engaging programs which are designed to capture the imagination and inspire the next generation of arts lovers. The inaugural 2014-2015 series showcases the spellbinding Spencers’ Theatre of Illusion and world-renowned mime-masque theatre troupe Mummenschanz
What opportunities do you have for Milwaukee creatives?
The Wilson Center engages many Milwaukee-area artists as teachers for the Center’s arts classes, through exhibitions in the Ploch Art Gallery, and as part of the Center’s Hidden River Art Festival each September. The Center also engages actors and musicians for our family programming and showcase performances, including the Starry Nights summer concert series, Starry Nights Orchestra, Wilson Center Big Band, and more.
Do you have any upcoming events?
The Wilson Center recently announced its 2014-2015 season, which features 19 artists and 14 ensembles, six free Starry Nights series outdoor performances, the Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival, and the Hidden River Art Festival. Season highlights include GRAMMY®-winning band Los Lobos, GRAMMY® award-winner singer-songwriter Richard Marx, Cantus – All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 (commemorating the 100th anniversary of the World War I truce between the Allied Forces and German soldiers); Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops; electric dance ensemble KEIGWIN + COMPANY, featuring Brookfield native Emily Schoen; “maverick organist” (The New York Times) Cameron Carpenter performing on his pioneering digital touring organ; Ellis Marsalis, Jr. and Delfeayo Marsalis, and much more.