Artist Tom Berenz Wins Award

This past weekend was exciting as we were present at the Wisconsin Visual Artists Biennial Exhibition as Tom Berenz was honored with the top award for “Non-Objective Art”.  We are fortunate to have many of Tom’s works in our gallery now through July 30.

Please enjoy the press release below and come see Tom’s work firsthand at River Edge Gallery in Thiensville. The gallery will be closed July 2 in celebration of Independence Day.


Tom Berenz Wins at Wisconsin Artists Biennial

June 30, 2011

KENOSHA, Wisconsin — Madison artist Tom Berenz has won the Best Non-Objective Art Award during the 2011 Wisconsin Artists Biennial. The winning acrylic work, Pile 5, is an abstract depiction of a structure in the aftermath of an unknown disaster. “This painting was the first painting in response to the earthquake in Haiti.” Berenz explains. “I was interested in the concrete architecture, massive rectilinear forms, hard-edge debris and moments of high key color.” “To be recognized and selected for such an award is humbling,” he adds. ”Things like this keeps an artist going.”

Berenz’s work is now being featured at the River Edge Gallery in Thiensville. His exhibition, Remnants, will continue through Saturday, July 30. “We are so pleased about Tom’s award,” said Kathleen Tatterson, River Edge Gallery director. “It is an honor to promote his work and that of other great Wisconsin artists.”

Biennial is presented by Wisconsin Visual Artists, an organization of artists and members  advocating Wisconsin art. “Our distinguished juror Ellen Lanyon from New York found Tom Berenz’s work worthy of a state award at the recent WVA biennial,” said Anton Rajer of the WVA Biennial Committee. “Tom’s work is both well painted and innovative in content and well crafted.”

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