Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Wisconsin Percent for Art Direct Purchase of Judith Reidy's work "Looking up into Nicolet Forest"

January 9, 2008
Judith Reidy has more great news. One of my artworks have been selected for permanent display through the Percent for Art Direct Purchase Program. My piece, Looking up into Nicolet Forest, has been chosen by the DNR's North East Regional Headquarters located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. My artwork will join The State of Wisconsin Collection, a growing collection of publicly owned artworks acquired since the Percent for Art Program began in 1980.

I can’t tell you how delighted I am by the news. I have been told that the piece, with my name plate near the bottom of the frame will hang in the public eye for over 30 years, viewed by thousands of people.

I have had this piece in several shows and have always kept it in my favorite viewing place. Being one of my favorite pieces because I can get lost in the tree tops, I was a bit sad that I was going to lose this “ friend.” I am happy that it will be going to a new home at the DNR office headquarters in Northeastern Wisconsin in Green Bay. Knowing the forest will be enjoyed by those who love the woods, gives me untold pleasure.
Wed 1/16/2008 8:29 AM

Dear Judith,

Congratulations on the purchase. In the interests of full disclosure, I was on the selection panel that chose the works that were available to state agencies! Your work was well deserving of selection and that it was purchased was a testament to its quality: we looked at almost 900 works by 186 artists in 5 1/2 hours! Our selections were then made available to the agencies.

Thanks for all your help with the LMA show. The reception was well attended and went well. I'm very happy with the show.

With best wishes,


Graeme Reid
Assistant DirectorMuseum of Wisconsin Art
300 South Sixth Avenue
West Bend, WI 53095