Artists often teach others to paint, sculpt or draw. They might do it because they love it or because they need to supplement their income, or a combination of both. But as anyone who teaches knows - skill, dedication, and a significant time commitment are required to do it well. That often means artists don’t have enough time or energy to devote to creating their own work.
The Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art, or MATA, was formed to help local artists balance their teaching with their art making, and every year they produce a curated show displaying the diverse work of its members.
"The MATA Group wanted to make sure there was an outlet for exhibiting your work as well as promoting good classroom pedagogy," says MATA president, Jim Toth.
The 76th annual member exhibition opens at the main branch of the Milwaukee Public Library on Tuesday and runs through May 19th. There will be an artists' reception at the Library on April 22nd from 3-4:30.