It has been decided by the Friends group, that the art contest will be suspended for a period of time, with further consideration being made in the future as to whether to resume the past format, make changes to the contest, possibly convert it to a display only show, or some other option.

For the past 10 years, the Friends have held an annual Purchase Art Contest for the purpose of encouraging and spotlighting the fine arts in Germantown, while acquiring an original piece of art created by a Washington county non-professional artist.

In 2018, the contest winners were announced at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Germantown Community Library on Wednesday, October 10.

Junior Division

In 2018,  a junior division, open to students in grades 6 through 12, was included. Students were able to enter one piece of artwork.

Past Winners of the Friends’ Annual Juried Art Contest

2008 “School Days” ––Rick Sachse

2009 “Knowledge is the Window to the World” ––Kathy Lammert

2010 “Village Street 1” ––Everett Powell

2011 “Merritt the Muse” ––­Sandra Butz-Seibers

2012 “Autumn Leaves”­­ ­­––Linda Derrick

2013 “Bus to MWA” ––Everett Powell

2014 “Bog Lake Morning”–– Bob Christian

2015 “#57” ––Bob Schaar

2016 “I am” ––Marco Mendoza

2017 “Daddy’s Girls” ––Susan Dechant

2018 “Musical Smokestack”—Karin Corteen

The 10th Annual Friends Purchase Award Art Contest First Place art was purchased for $300 and gifted to the library. It will be displayed behind the circulation desk. Second place award is $75 and third place award is $50. All art is displayed in the library during the month of October.

• 2018 Purchase Award Art Contest •

This year’s contest judge was Barbara Reinhart, an art professor emeritus at UW-Waukesha, specializing in painting and sculpture. Awards were presented on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Friends’ Annual Meeting in the Library Community Room. The evening began with a Gallery Browse and an opportunity for all to vote for their favorite picture, “The People’s Choice Award”.

2018 Purchase Award Art Contest prizes:

First place winner was Karin Corteen for her mixed media piece, ” Musical Smokestack.”
Richard Blend received second place for his watercolor, “Hobbs Woods Fond du Lac”.
Third place went to Kathy Toyer for her digital photo, “Night Train.”
“Bhutan-Vertical Climate” by Polly Edgar received honorable mention.
Rachel Womack received honorable mention for her acrylic on board, “Pumpkin Patch”.
Pat Gertgez received honorable mention for her watercolor, “Morning”.
The Peoples’ Choice award went to Joni Fletcher for her photo, “Old as Time”.
Honorable mention went to Linda Derrick for “Cedarburg Charm”.
First place junior division went to Sydney DeChant for “Same But Different,” pencil and markers.
Aaron Reid was second place junior division winner for his acrylic, “Mountains.”