Accomplishments

 

I received a research grant from UW-SP to teach myself how to paint with encaustic. I began primarily using encaustics thirteen years ago because I was captivated by its ancient history, and I was challenged by its process of heating and cooling which captures the dynamic of chaos and demands control unlike that of any other painting medium.

 Education:

        Graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts May 2006

        University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

 Experience:

             Current-2006 Owner of Jessie Fritsch Encaustics

             Participated in over 100 art fairs and festivals in the Midwest

             Chair of Stevens Point Festival of the Arts Council

             2013-2009 Painted beer tappers for Central Waters Brewing Co.

 Awards and Grants

             -2017-

                 Purchase Award- ArtiGras Green Bay, WI

               -2016-

                 Best of Show - Waupaca Art Fair on the Square

                Charolette Fung Miller Legacy Award - Madison Art Fair off the Square

                 Award of Excellence - Marshfield Art Fair

                 1st Place in 2-D Professional - Waupaca Fine Art Exhibition

                 Award of Excellence - Stevens Point Festival of the Arts

              -2015-

                 Award of Excellence - Marshfield Art Fair

                 Award of Excellence - Stevens Point Festival of the Arts

              -2014-

                  Best in Painting Category Award - Ocononmowoc Festival of the Arts

                  Invitational Award - Powderhorn Art Fair-Minneapolis

                 2nd place - Waupaca Fine Arts Festival

                 2nd place in Painting - Spring Green Arts & Crafts Fair

             -2013-

                Merit Award - Wausau Festival of the Arts

                Merit Award - Green Bay ArtStreet.

                Best in Painting Catagory- Madison Art Fair Off the Square.

                Best in Painting Catagory - Spring Green Arts and Craft Fair

               Award of Excellence - Stevens Point Festival of the Arts

                3rd Place - Waupaca Fine Arts Festival

             -2012-

               The Painting Award - Madison Art Fair Off the Square

               1st place - Waupaca Art Fair on the Square

               Honorable Mention - Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair

               Best of Show - Secura Insurance Fine Art Exhibition, Appleton,WI

               Merit Award - Waupaca Fine Arts Festival

             -2011-

              Honorable Mention -Wausau Festival of the Arts

              2nd place - Waupaca Art on the Square

              Best of Show - Baraboo Art Classic

              Merit Award -  Waupaca Fine Arts Festival

             -2010-

             2nd place - Baraboo Art Classic

             3rd place - Waupaca Arts on the Square

             -2009-

             1st place 2-D - La Crosse Art Fair on the Green

             Award of Excellence - Winnebagoland Art Fair-Oshkosh

             1st Place - Waupaca Fine Arts Festival

             -2008-

               Merit Award -Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair

               Award of Excellence -  Marshfield Art Fair

               Award of Excellence - Stevens Point Festival of Arts         

               Award of Excellence - ArtiGras Art Fair Green Bay, WI

             -2007-

                2ndplace - Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival

                2nd place - Waupaca Arts on the Square

                Newbie Award - Madison Art Fair off the Square

                1st place & Milo Cushman Award - Winnebagoland-Oshkosh

                2nd place - Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair

                Best of Show -  Marshfield Art Fair

                2nd place- Waupaca Fine Arts Festival

                Best of Show -Festival of the Arts-Stevens Point

                Award of Excellence - ArtiGras Art Fair Green Bay, WI

             -2006-

                Judges’ Choice Award -Summer Art Classic Art Fair Baraboo, WI

                Artist Merit Award Neville Public Museum 62nd Juried Exhibition Green Bay, WI

             -2004-

                “Festival of the Arts” Award, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

                “Cityscapes with Encaustics” Student Research Fund Grant,

                    University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

                “Midwest Printmakers Conference” Student Research Travel Fund Grant,

                    University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

                                  

Exhibitions

-2017-

Solo Exhibition at The Chestnut Art Center, Marshfield  Feb 1st -March

-2016-

Exhibits at Evergreen, Oshkosh Dec-Feb 2016

-2015-

Exhibits at Evergreen Dec-Feb 2016

5th Annual Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibition. The Encaustic Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

-2013-

Featured artist at the Secura Fine Art Exhibition, Trout Art Museum Appleton July 29th-Aug. 5th

Exhibition at Alexander House -Center for Art & History, Port Edwards Jan 11th-Feb 26th

-2012-

Exhibition at Absolutely Art Gallery, Madison Dec 7-31

-2010-

Exhibits at Evergreen, Oshkosh Jan 15-March 25

-2009-

Lucille Tack Center of the Arts, Spencer  Feb. 6-27

-2008-

Portage Center of the Arts, Portage Jan 4-26

Wild Apple Gallery, Menasha Feb 19-April 13

                                                                    

Professional Affiliations

Wisconsin Visual Artists

The Wisconsin Alliance of Artist and Craftspeople, Inc

Co-Chair of Festival of the Arts Council-Stevens Point

 

Published Work

Werner Electric Supply, Neenah, WI - 2010 promotional art calendar – 3 works

Werner Electric Supply, Neenah, WI - 2011 promotional art calendar – 1 works

 

Public Works

Marshfield Clinic-Stevens Point-6 works

Marshfield Clinic- Weston,WI-4 works

Marshfield Clinic-Marshfield,WI – 4 works

University   of Wisconsin-Marathon-Wausau, WI - 2 works  

West Bend Mutual Insurance- West Bend, WI - 3 works  

Northwest Mutual Insurance-Milwaukee, WI - 8 works  

Marathon Public Library, Wausau, WI - 1 work  

Fox Cities Children’s Hospital, WI - 2 works 

Aspirus-Wausau,WI - 2 works

 

 Media Coverage

Work on cover of Uptown Art Fair Program 2016 Minneapolis, MN

 Wausau WAOW Television- " Alexander House Showcase Art & History" - 01/13

Stevens Point Journal- "Alexander House Kicks off New Year with New Show" - 01/13

Baraboo News Republic-Featured Artist in "The Square will be Buzzing" - 08/12

La Crosse Tribune- Featured Artist in “Abstracts to Zippers” – 07/12

County Post East- “Encaustic Artist to speak at WRAL meeting” -11/11

Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine- “Eye of the Beholder-organic materials create and interesting  

  pieces of art”- 09/11

The Portage County Gazette-Featured Artist for “UWSP will host Festival of the Arts”- 3/10

Marshfield News Herald- Featured Article “Encaustic: An Endurance in Time” - 02/09

Waupaca County Post- Young Artist employs ancient encaustic method” 06/08

The Portage County Gazette-Featured Artist for “UWSP will host Festival of the Arts”- 3/08

Portage Daily Register- Feature Article “The mummy's legacy: Encaustic paintings 

   recapture an ancient art form” - 1/08                                                                                                                                                                              

Wausau WAOW television-“Someone you Should Know” segment - 11/07
Wausau WAOW television-“Encaustic Painting at Art in the Park - 9/07

 

Demonstrations & Teaching

Art Demo - Retirement Community Brookfield , WI 2016

Art Demo " Brush and Palette Club" WI Rapids-2013

Art Demo for Arts Unlimited Green Bay- 2012

Art Demo for Wolf River Art League - 2011

UWSP-Art after college-Senior seminar- 2011

Appleton Children’s Museum- 2 day encaustic demo-2010

WI Beekeepers convention-encaustic demo- 2010

UWSP-Art after college-Senior seminar- 2010

Pittsville High School-encaustic demo- 2009  

UWSP-Art after college-Senior seminar- 2009               

UWSP-encaustic demo- adv. painting class- 2008  

Portage High School-encaustic demo- 2008                  

Pardeeville High School-encaustic demo- 2008                     

UWSP-Art after college-Senior seminar- 2008