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People on the Periphery celebrates the work of David Lenz, whose passionate and intimate depictions of inner-city children, people with disabilities, and rural farmers have made him one of America’s preeminent portrait painters. The artist’s remarkable Photorealist technique enhances the authenticity of his subjects—not portraiture’s traditional powerful and famous sitters but the poor, disabled, and marginalized—those on the periphery of society. Decisive recognition of his talent came in 2006, when Lenz won the Natio nal Portrait Gallery’s first Outwin Boochever Portrait Award. This major retrospective spans three decades of Lenz’s career and includes many paintings that have rarely—or never—been exhibited in public.
The new Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend, Wisconsin is one of the top regional art museums in the country. It is the primary venue nationally for the exhibition of historic and contemporary Wisconsin art, including holdings of more than 300 artists, over 4,000 works of art, and a sizeable archive/ library. Each year, MOWA presents 12-14 exhibitions, numerous weekly educational and public programs targeted to all ages and interest levels, and a series of special events. In April 2013, MOWA celebrated a major milestone with the opening of a new building on the Milwaukee River that doubled the gallery square footage and expanded its capacity to offer public programs and educational activities.