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September 6, 2013

Milwaukee Artist Jessica Z Schafer’s photography featured at ArtPrize Showcase Venue

MILWAUKEE, WI –– Photographer Jessica Z Schafer’s series cinephile will be featured at Showcase Venue Cathedral Square during the international art competition ArtPrize, September 18 through October 6, 2013.  Schafer is one of three Plaid Tuba Productions Affiliate artists to participate in the fifth annual event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ArtPrize 2013 will host a total of 1,524 entries representing 47 countries and 45 states at 169 venues in every corner of downtown Grand Rapids.

Located in the Heartside Neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Cathedral Square, 360 Division South is one of a select number of ArtPrize Showcase Venues and the only in Heartside. Schafer’s photography series will be featured alongside the work of 37 artists from around the country in an exhibition that depicts the significance of community and place, curated by Elizabeth Hertl.

Reminiscent of the frames of a black & white filmstrip, Schafer’s series cinephile offers a more complex narrative than a single image. Still, these photographs intentionally leave more to the imagination than the constant stream of video common to modern life. Inspired by a lifelong interest in the careful design of classic films, each work conveys the atmosphere of a few moments in time. These diptychs are composed to mimic how the mind's eye remembers a slice of time, more so than to strictly document reality. Seven pieces from the series are included in Schafer’s ArtPrize entry, many of which feature familiar Milwaukee and Racine street scenes.

For the last decade, Schafer has worked behind, in front of, next to, and beyond the camera. An award-winning photographer, her work has been juried into many regional exhibitions. Schafer’s project, cinephile was also presented as one of four Featured Member Exhibitions in 2013 at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her photography has been highlighted with a solo exhibition at Leenhouts Gallery and has been included in several invitational group shows throughout the Midwest. Schafer is also an independent curator, an arts writer, a community arts advocate, and an affiliate of Plaid Tuba Productions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jessica Z Schafer's ArtPrize voting code is: 54453.

ArtPrize is a radically open, independently organized international art competition with an unprecedented $200,000 top prize decided entirely by public vote. For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Artists will compete for a combination of public votes and juried prizes to secure part of the world’s largest art prize, totaling $560,000. Listed by TIME Magazine as one of “Five Festive Events You Won’t Want to Miss in 2013,” ArtPrize is free and open to the public.

Each year the public engages in two rounds of voting to distribute $360,000, more than half of the world’s largest art prize. First place receives $200,000, second $75,000, third $50,000, and fourth through tenth each receive $5,000. Since its inception, the public has cast more than 1.7 million votes. Participants can vote using either the ArtPrize app or

The fifth edition of ArtPrize is expected to attract more than 400,000 active participants who will vote, discuss and debate today’s contemporary art scene. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.7 million votes for public art.

A complete list of participating artists and venues can all be viewed at


The Shepherd Express, Thursday, June 6, 2013
by Lori Waxman

Jessica Z Schafer: 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC @ INOVA MILWAUKEE,WI 6/2/13 12:30 PM

More often than not, what you think you’re seeing is not actually what you’re really seeing. The tension that arises from this disjunction can be productive, and so it is in Jessica Z Schafer’s “cinephile” series. Read the full review here.

The Shepherd Express, Sunday, March 10, 2013
The Bare Noir of Everyday
The silent images of Jessica Z. Schafer

By Judith Ann Moriarty


"The “Z” in Jessica Z. Schafer’s name surely must stand for “Zowie!” She’s a young photographer enamored with classic film. She lives Downtown and recently rented a studio
(as a Plaid Tuba Productions affiliate) in the Third Ward’s Marshall Building—good news for those who want the best of our hometown talent to stick around..."
Read the full review here.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Monday, May 21, 2012
by Mary-Louise Schumacher

"...'What She Said' is curated by Milwaukee Photographers Jessica Z. Schafer and William Zuback. It opens Thursday at Effjay Projekts,
an increasingly important regional venue founded by former Milwaukee artist Frank Juarez (get it, Eff-Jay?), 605 Erie Ave, Sheboygan."

Sheboygan Press, Thursday, May 17, 2012
Sheboygan Weekend

"...Jessica Z. Schafer and William Zuback co-curated the exhibit..."

Great  Lakes  Photo  Contest  Winners  Announced

Weekly News Article Published: June 7, 2011 by the Central Office

MADISON - Five photographers from Wisconsin earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources’ third annual Wisconsin’s Great Lakes” photography contest. Their photos will be featured in a calendar available this summer at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Carolee Euritt-Salat of Land O’Lakes, Karen Gersonde of Milwaukee, Eric Poggemann of Fredonia, and John M. Glowacki of Carey, Illinois won first place honors in the contest’s four categories.

Tim Feathers of Schofield, Jessica Zalewski of Milwaukee, and John M. Glowacki of Carey, Ill., won second place for their photographs. Feathers, Poggemann, and Euritt-Salat also submitted photos that received “honorable mention” awards.

Their photos will be featured in the 2011-2012 sixteen-month calendar that the DNR Office of the Great Lakes will give out at the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Aug. 4-14, 2011, according to Jo Temte, the Great Lakes office water specialist who coordinates the contest.

Photographers from across Wisconsin as well as from Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Nevada submitted more than 200 photographs. “We received so many beautiful photos for this year’s contest,” says Ken Johnson, Water Division Administrator. “The people of Wisconsin and beyond really value our magnificent Great Lakes, and that is reflected in the images we receive each year.”

The DNR also coordinates a “Wisconsin’s Great Lakes” Writing Project and this year received 14 poems, 11 of which can be found on the Office of the Great Lakes website. Four poems by Mayann Hurtt of Elkhart Lake, Liz Smith of Mellen, Bonnie Dickmann of Cedar Grove, and Karen Gersonde of Milwaukee, will be featured in this year’s calendar.

DNR’s Office of the Great Lakes will begin accepting photos for next year’s contest starting Aug. 1, 2011.



Water, water, everywhere (or what to see this weekend)
Art City, JSOnline, Friday, May 6, 2011
by Lonnie Turner

"...Or, go south to be immersed in art inspired by our Great Lake and all of water's variations such as oceans, rivers and pools. The Aqua Bleu Exhibition at ArtSpace, 316 Sixth St., in Racine opens Friday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The show is curated by Art City contributor Jessica Zalewski and features a variety of painters, photographers and sculptors from Southeastern Wisconsin. " (click on photo below to read more)

Expose Kenosha Introduces Jessica Zalewski, Friday, December 10, 2010 
by Julie Nondorf

"Even though we’ve never met, I know Jessica Zalewski as soon as I walk into Dunn Brothers Coffee in Racine.
She is easy to spot in a khaki coat and patterned tights...'" (click on photo to read more)

Kenosha News, Friday, July 2, 2010 
by Bill Robbins

"Earning second place is a piece by Jessica Zalewski of Milwaukee, titled 'Drifting,' which depicts a nearly surreal seascape - a choppy body of water disappearing into the mist.
'People are drawn to this,' Hoffmann said.
'It's magical, lyrical and mystic-looking. It has a lot going for it.'"

Kenosha News review

Thank you to CoPA Board Member Bill Zuback for the nice welcome in the December 2009 CoPA newsletter!