about

COLLEEN E. GUNDERSON
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“There are moments when distractions fade, accentuating connections to and within our surroundings. Highlighting a few elements at a time seeks to draw out the poetic within the everyday.” – Colleen Gunderson

Colleen Gunderson is an award-winning photographer best known for her images of the natural world. Originally from Milwaukee, she currently resides in central Wisconsin. Visits to Door County art studios, while she was growing up, had a formative influence on her art. Happiest by the water, she is either planning – or enjoying – a visit to a lake.


Selected Exhibitions

2021 – Art of Water V. James May Gallery. Algoma WI
Curator: Kendra Bulgrin, Owner and Director, James May Gallery, Algoma WI

2019 – Art of Water III. James May Gallery. Algoma WI
Curator: Kendra Bulgrin, Owner and Director, James May Gallery, Algoma WI

2018 – Peninsula Pulse Hal Prize. Door County WI (Honorable Mention)
Judge: Carl Corey; photographer, Guggenheim Fellow, author; River Falls WI

2016 – 26th Annual Midwest Seasons. Center for the Visual Arts. Wausau WI
Juror: Diane Canfield Bywaters, Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, WI

2015 – MANimal – Creating Connections. Center for the Visual Arts. Wausau WI
Juror: Mark Mittlesteadt, Art Director and Owner, 2nd Nature Creations LLC, Weston WI

2015 – For the Birds. Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Brookfield WI
Juror: Charlotte Fung Miller, Chinese brush painter, Mukwonago WI

2015 – 25th Annual Midwest Seasons. Center for the Visual Arts. Wausau WI
Juror: Helen Klebesadel, Director of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

2014 – CoPA: The People in Your Neighborhood. Museum of Wisconsin Art. West Bend WI
Juror: Graeme Reid, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend WI

2014 – Visions XVI. Riverfront Arts Center. Stevens Point WI (Honorable Mention)
Juror: Susan Morrison, Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, WI

2013 – The Spring City Fine Art Photographers Show. Studio 723. Waukesha WI
Four-person exhibition.

2013 – CoPA 7th Annual Juried Exhibition. Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. Milwaukee WI
Juror: Karen Irvine, Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography
at Columbia College, Chicago IL

2013 – Visions XV. Riverfront Arts Center. Stevens Point WI (Honorable Mention)
Juror: Daniel John O’Neal, artist, Stevens Point WI

2013 – Super-“Calatrava”-Listic. Art*Bar. Milwaukee WI
Curator: Donald Krause, Owner, Art*Bar, Milwaukee WI

2012 – CoPA 6th Annual Juried Exhibition. Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. Milwaukee WI (First Place Award)
Jurors: Annemarie Sawkins, PhD; independent curator, art historian, art consultant; Milwaukee WI
and Graeme Reid, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend WI

2012 – Visions XIV. Riverfront Arts Center. Stevens Point WI
Juror: Diana K. B. Hoover, Professor of Graphic Design, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, WI

Bibliography

2018 – “2018 Hal Prize Poetry, Prose, and Photography Winners.” Peninsula Pulse, 3 Aug.
2018 – Peninsula Pulse Hal Prize. Peninsula Publishing & Distribution.
2015 – “Local Artists Accepted for Midwest Seasons Exhibit.” Central Wisconsin Hoopla, Jan.
2013 – Midwest Juried Exhibition Catalog. Coalition of Photographic Arts.
2012 – “CoPA’s sixth annual juried show at Walker’s Point.” Urban Milwaukee, 26 Dec. link
2012 – “CoPA’s 6th annual Midwest juried photo exhibition.” Walker’s Point Center for the Arts (blog), 7 Dec. link
2012 – Midwest Juried Exhibition Catalog. Coalition of Photographic Arts.
2011-2012 – Portage County Gazette. Contributing photographer / writer.
2011-2012 – Stevens Point Journal. Contributing photographer / writer.
2011 – Wisconsin Through the Eyes of Wisconsin Photographers. Pediment Publishing.

Professional Service

2013-2016 – Advisory Board, Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point WI
2013 – Gallery Assistant, Ellison Bay Pottery Studios, Ellison Bay WI
2012-2014 – Exhibitions Committee, Coalition of Photographic Arts, Milwaukee WI
2012-2014 – Web Editor, Coalition of Photographic Arts, Milwaukee WI
2011-2012 – Communications Liaison, Stevens Point Area Public School District, Stevens Point WI

Memberships

Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA), Milwaukee WI
Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend WI link