About the Confluence of Art Annual
Juried Annual Exhibit Featuring Recent Works from Regional and National Artists
Confluence of Art Annual Exhibition: Homecoming resides in each fall in the James W Hansen Gallery at Pablo Center at the Confluence. Regional and national artists submit their work for review for display in the exhibit with over 50 works crossing different media, techniques, and motifs selected for display in the exhibit each year.
Year after year, the volume and quality of works submitted continue to grow and is a testament that arts scene in the Chippewa Valley and beyond is thriving, alive, and well. We welcome guests and artists alike to participate in the exhibit and share in artistic excellence of our region.
2021 Confluence of Art Annual
September 17 - November 14, 2021
James W Hansen Gallery
*A virtual exhibition of the Confluence of Art Annual may be created in the case that Pablo Center cannot safely open to the public due to COVID-19 pandemic and gathering restrictions.
How to Participate
Become a participating artist. All recent original works by artists of all visual mediums are accepted for submission. Entrance to exhibit and awards are selected by the juror. Learn more about entry requirement and how to apply below.
- Application Deadline - June 25, 2021 at 10 a.m.
- Notification Acceptance - By July 30, 2021
- Receipt of Accepted Works for Exhibit - By September 14, 2021
Peterson received her MFA degree in Ceramics, Drawing, Art History and Museum Studies from Texas Tech University and holds a Bachler’s degree in Art Education from UW-La Crosse. Peterson served as a faculty member in Art/Art History Dept at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she served as a Professor for 27 years and was the founder of the Arts Administration Program. Peterson’s art is exhibited nationally and regionally, her work has been recognized and supported through grants from the Blandin Foundation and the MN State Arts Board. Peterson currently works from her private studio in Dakota, Minnesota.
"Prairie landscapes, flowing rivers and night skies all provide spaces of quiet mystery for me and it is here that I search for clues of the elusive. Through drawing I attempt to make visible a belief that there exists something beyond what can be seen. My work provides for me a vehicle to research and envision the non-physical. I attempt to envision that which I hope to understand, that which language cannot explain and what science and mathematics seek to discover, a knowing that exists beyond one’s limits."
Flow by Lois Peterson
Explore Previous Exhibitions
Each juror, artist, and year brings new experiences and perspectives to the Confluence of Art Annual. Explore our previous exhibits to view the history of the Confluence of Art Annual at the confluence.
2020 Confluence of Art Annual
Originally released virtually: September 2020
This exhibit ushered in our third season at Pablo Center at the Confluence. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this exhibit was held in a virtual format. Juror David Brock had the unique challenge of evaluating and selecting these works virtual, evaliuating the works on the narraitve, contemporary nature, and strong visual impact.
To be sure, viewing art in this format has its limitations: there is an appreciation of artwork that can only be gained by seeing it with our own eyes... In this virtual format, the art comes into your home and on the go. We can reach audiences from across the world and also those communities close to home that might not get to come into Pablo Center that often." - Visual & Literary Arts Manager Rose Dolan-Neil
2019 Confluence of Art Annual
Originally on display: September - November 2019
"It was wonderful to get to know Eau Claire’s artistic community, and be engaged with such inspiring and enthusiastic conversations during the reception. Every participating artist’s creative contributions really made the exhibition strong, and I believe Pablo Center at the Confluence provided an impactful platform for artists through this competition.” - 2019 Confluence of Art Annual Juror, Yoonshin Park
Over 75 regional and national artists submitted 203 unique works of art for review by juror, Yooshin Park. Of these 203 pieces, 53 works crossing different media, techniques and motifs were selected for display in the Homecoming exhibit.