Green Bay’s Dane Schumacher Wins 2nd Place in ‘Wisconsin Artists Biennial’

Artist Dane Schumacher is on the rise.

The Green Bay native won second place in the “Wisconsin Artists Biennial” at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, an exhibition that drew works from nearly 400 artists from across the state. He was one of 50 selected for the exhibition and one of six to receive an award.

Schumacher received $2,000 for his oil on canvas, “Unsaid,” which shows two figures in a snowy parking lot.

“It was meant to be a painting to project regret for unspoken feelings and thoughts,” he said. “What I’ve realized is that as the distance increases between interactions, I’m able to see the weight of past moments from a distance, and then you’re able to reflect on what you might have had. be had to say or things you would have liked to happen.

The strong vertical element of the painting creates tension between the two people, Schumacher said, and the vehicles lining them form a valley to cross.

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The recognition for “Unsaid” follows two other recent honors at juried exhibitions for 2106 Ashwaubenon High School and the 2020 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduate.

Last fall, he won first place for his “Impetus for the Whatif” in the “Roots: Transplanted” exhibition at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau. He also received the Gerhard CF Miller Achievement Award for “Hear, no evil. See no harm. Talk, no harm. at the Miller Art Museum’s 46th Juried Annual in October in Sturgeon Bay.

Schumacher, 24, has been submitting to juried exhibitions for six years, since reaching the eligibility age of 18. His first was the “71st Art Annual” at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay. He continues to gain recognition across the state with exhibits at the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Born and raised in Green Bay, Schumacher’s parents, John F. and Vicki A. Schumacher, allowed him to turn his bedroom into a studio and gave him access to John’s carpentry shop downstairs. He mainly works in painting, but he also does woodwork and photography. With his art based on realism, he draws a lot of his paintings from photos.

Schumacher graduated with a double major in art and graphic design. He recently moved to Appleton, where he works as a graphic designer at Appleton Sign Co.

To see more of his work, visit

The “Wisconsin Artists Biennale” is on view from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday through April 24.

Contact Kendra Meinert at 920-431-8347 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @KendraMeinert.

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