Jan. 3, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in
put out the call asking people from around the country to submit postcards they thought best represented the
that most people never see. An overwhelmingly positive response resulted in more than 600 submissions – from across the nation and around the globe – revealing "secret" sides of the Badger State. The collection is on view in
Wisconsin Confidential: An Exhibition without Borders
at the Arts Center.
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People from as far away as
shared original, vintage, altered and store-bought postcards. Some cards are weird and wacky, while others are nostalgic and beautiful. They were submitted by people of all ages from all walks of life, from postcard collectors to accomplished, emerging and amateur artists.
The cards cover a wide variety of topics including cityscapes, off-the-wall attractions, local mascots and lore, and everything in between. There are some very personal stories shared through the exhibition, including a man who submitted a postcard he'd created with a ring on it and used as a way to propose to his girlfriend at the Arts Center.
complements the upcoming residency of renowned
. While in residence at the Arts Center over the coming year, the pair will travel the state connecting with people to explore the sense of identity that comes from inhabiting a single place over a long period of time. A culminating exhibition titled
The Wisconsin Project
will be on view at the Arts Center in
ABOUT THE JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER
Established in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a nationally acclaimed visual and performing arts complex in downtown
The Arts Center is a nonprofit organization devoted to innovative explorations in contemporary American art. Its exhibitions focus on a wide range of art forms, with particular emphasis on and the work of self-taught artists, and folk artists as well as the breadth of contemporary work. Visit
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John Michael Kohler Arts Center
WISCONSIN CONFIDENTIAL: An Exhibition without Borders