Accomplishments

I am an encaustic artist and have been working with the molten beeswax medium for 13 years. I received a research grant in 2004 while attending UWSP as a fine art major because encaustic was not taught at the university.  I was instantly intrigued and attracted to the luminous medium.   It took me two years to figure out what I was doing but I graduated in 2006 and jumped right into the art world.  I actually skipped my graduation ceremony and exhibited my beeswax paintings at an art fair instead.

I have participated in over 150 art festival and fairs across the Midwest and have completed over 85 commissioned beeswax paintings. I also enjoy teaching others about encaustic through demos and private lessons. I am also the Chair of the Stevens Point Festival of the Arts that is at the UWSP Noel Fine Art Building in April.

 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

            Co-owner of Q Artist Cooperative Gallery in Stevens Point

             Participated in over 150 art fairs and festivals in the Midwest

             Completed over 90 commissoned encaustic paintings

             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

-2018-

Solo exhibition Lucille Tack Center of the Arts, Spencer  Feb 2nd-27th

 -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

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

The Pineries Bank-Stevens Point- 7 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