“Carey Watters—Tiny Cuts” – Solo Exhibition Opens June 26

by Jim Dittmann
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Carey Watters – Altar #1, 2020

Collage artist Carey Watters – solo exhibition at the Museum of Wisconsin Art


The Museum of Wisconsin Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Carey Watters – Tiny Cuts on view June 26 thru October 17, 2021 in West Bend.

Watters painstakingly cuts castoff printed materials into thousands of tiny pieces that begin a new life as part of her three-dimensional paper collages. Watters finds inspiration in the histories of saints and the unheralded women who championed feminist causes before they were even acknowledged by society. These historical figures are juxtaposed with snippets of classical statuary and temples, representing past ideals that are often more legendary than real.

“Carey Watters’s ability to recontextualize historic subjects of women that both provoke and stimulate new thinking on the marginalization of women in contemporary society is remarkable and timely,” said Director of Exhibitions Graeme Reid. “Her work draws on the past to speak to the present.”

Carey Watters – Goddess #1 courtesy of the artist

Carey Watters is an artist, designer, and educator who teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside, specializing in graphic arts, book design, and typography.

Cary Watters – Self Portrait #3, 2020

MOWA located in West Bend, Wisconsin is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:30–4:00. Admission as low as $15 provides unlimited visits to the museum for one full year.


The Museum of Wisconsin Art celebrates 60 years of exploring the art and culture of Wisconsin. Founded in 1961, MOWA is one of the top museums of regional art in the United States with over 5,000 works of contemporary and historic art by more than 350 artists.

The building’s modern wedge shape is a striking sight on the west bend of the Milwaukee River and is the centerpiece of the museum’s four-acre campus. With 18 rotating exhibitions and over 175 programs—from talks and tours to making art and meeting artists—MOWA attracts nearly 200,000 visitors annually. There is always something new to explore at MOWA. Visit wisconsinart.org to learn more.

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