William Suys, OPA
"I believe a successful piece of art – whether it be subjective or abstract, painting or sculpture – creates its own special environment.
You do more than simply view the work, you become personally involved in it. The most successful work can be measured by its ability to compel the viewer into this environment and to touch their emotions in a unique and timeless way. The best work will stay fresh and compelling forever.
The blank canvas gives me absolute freedom to create. I have the same opportunity afforded past artists from Leonardo to Sargent. I plan to take maximum advantage of this opportunity to deliver work that possesses its own artistic heart and soul."
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Oil on Canvas Commissions
2018 Best Body of Work - awarded by Tim Newton of the Salmagundi Club, Seth Hopkins of the Booth Western
2018 Art Museum and the painter Ken Backhaus – The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational
2018 Second Place – the Matisse Award – The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational
2018 Second Place, Richeson75 Small Works Exhibition
2018 Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center International Salon
2017 Awarded Signature Membership in the Portrait Society of America
2017 First Place, Richeson75 Animals, Birds & Wildlife Exhibition
2017 Honorable Mention – Animals (2nd Place Wildlife) – Oil Painters of America National Exhibition
2017 Finalist, Portrait Society of America Members Only competition
2017 Second Place, Richeson75 International Still Life and Floral Exhibition
2016 Award of Excellence - Animal, Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition
2016 PleinAir Magazine Award, Best Sense of Myster, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational
2015 Award of Excellence, Best Wildlike, Oil Painters of America Salon Show
2015 Judge's Choice Award from Steve Doherty, Editor, Plein Air Magazine-Olmsted Plein Air Invitational2015
2014 Awards Juror for 2014 Richeson 75 Figure & Portrait competition. $10,000 top prize
2014 "BoldBrush Award" BoldBrush painting competition
2013 Winner, Best in Show- Salon International at the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art
2013 "Editor's Choice Award" - American Art Collector Magazine, Salon International 2013
2012 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition
2012 First Place, Jack Richeson "Animals, Birds & Wildlife" Exhibition
2011 Arti et Amicitiae Exhibition, Amsterdam, Holland. In conjunction with the Salmagundi Club, NY
2011 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition
2011 Richeson International Figure/Portrait competition--Dual Finalist Selected for 2012 Western Masters Art Show & Sale
2011 Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art-Legacy Gallery
2010 Winner, Best in Show-Quick Paint, Cedarburg Plein Air Competition "The Briar Patch"
2010 People's Choice Award, Cedarburg Plein Air Competition "Alfresco at the Anvil"
2010 Honorable Mention-6" x 6" Show, Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
2010 Invited artist-Howard/Mandville Small Works show, Seattle, WA
2010 Featured Artist-Door County Plein Air Event
2009 Winner, Best in Show-Wauwatosa Plein Air Affair
2009 Honorary Artist's Chair-Open Canvas Event MIAD
2007 Featured Artist, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Barns & Farms, National Juried show
2006 Award Winner-Juried Exhibition, Artpost Gallery, Grafton, WI
September, 2006. Featured Artist, Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Door County, WI
Award-Winner, Cedarburg Plein Aire Art Festival. Cedarburg, WI
2005 Milwaukee Art Museum, featured artist for "Degas Sculpture Show" opening weekend, Milwaukee, WI
"The Solace of Art" Art Escape Gallery, Thiensville, WI
"Moonstruck" February 27. Group show, Santa Fe, NM
"Soul INsight" March 11. Two-person show, Delafield, WI
Cedarburg Plein Aire Art Festival, Award Winner
"William A. Suys, Jr." June 11. One-man show at George Williams Campus, Aurora University, Williams Bay, WI
August 26. Two-person show, Santa Fe, NM
Christmas show. Featured artist, West Bend, WI
2004 "Abbondanza: The Art of William A. Suys, Jr." one-man show, Santa Fe, NM
Cedarburg Plein Aire Event, First Award-quick paint
Group show, Art Escape Gallery
One-man show, The Frank Allen Gallery (Sept. 2004)
2003 Premiere Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
"Spirit" Group show, Thiensville, WI
Salon International 2003, International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art.
Northern National Arts Competition, Nicolet College
"Pursuit of Passion" One-man show, Art Escape Gallery
Barns & Farms, National Juried show.
Culture & Agriculture, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield Clinic. Selected for Calendar.
Cedarburg Plein Aire Event, Second Award.
Cedarburg Art Show – First Award
2002 International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America
Racine Area Arts Competition – First Award
Northern National Arts Competition, Nicolet College
Artist in Residence – St. Richard's School
2001 International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America
Public CollectionsCornell University
SC Johnson & Son
The Prairie School
Jefferson Lighthouse School
The Kaiser Corporation
The State of Wisconsin
TeachingMilwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD)
Peninsula Art School
The Art Escape Compound
Artist-in-Residence programs and lectures
AwardsThe Portrait Society of America
Northern National Arts Competition
Racine Area Arts
Anderson Art Center
Noll Suitcase Fellowship
Selected to International Salon, 2003
International Museum of the Masters of Contemporary Fine Art
Signature Member of Oil Painters of America
The Portrait Society of America
American Society of Portrait Artists
League of Milwaukee Artists
Salmagundi Club- New York
CuratorJohnson Diversey Commercial Markets collection. Worked with directors and curators of the major and regional museums, along with galleries and individual artists in each of 50 countries to compile a heartfelt and profound collection of Art. This Family Company has a tradition of artistic excellence, commissioning Frank Lloyd Wright to design their Administration Building, and sponsoring the exhibitions, Art:USA and Objects:USA.
Experimental Aircraft Association Museum (Chapter 318) Trustee, Museum Board of Directors.
Exhibitions chairman, Village of North Bay Trustee, Village Board. Director of Public Works
EducationWilliam was hired as a commercial artist while attending school as an art major/business minor, and completed his degree as a Business major.
University of Wisconsin, Parkside, B.S. Business Management/Art, 1984
Attended: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point, MATC (commercial & graphic art).
Keller Graduate School of Management (finance).
William received extensive business, communication, and interpersonal training through dozens of internal and external corporate seminars and sources.