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Artists Antler and Roy Staab honored by the City of Milwaukee
Every year the City of Milwaukee honors exceptional artists in the community. The 2012 Outstanding Artists have been announced. They are are author and poet Antler and visual artist Roy Staab.
“Antler and Roy are both passionate in their artistic pursuits and are known nationally and internationally for their work,” said alderman Michael J. Murphy, chair of the Milwaukee Arts Board.
Antler’s poems have appeared in periodicals and anthologies, including the Utne Reader and the Kenyon Review. His poem “Somewhere Along the Line,” published in The Sun, was awarded a 1993 Pushcart Prize.
Staab has created elegant, geometric installations from natural materials such as reeds, bamboo and stones, often in shallow waters, in places around the world. These ephemeral artworks are three-dimensional drawings in -- and of -- the landscape. They are gentle interventions that after a time, naturally disassemble and recede back into the natural world.
Though in many ways a very traditional artist, Staab was showcased in an article about Milwaukee's avant-garde in December.
Antler and Staab will be given their Outstanding Artist awards at a reception at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St., on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Previous honorees include Debra Loewen, Richard Taylor, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, John Ruebartsch, Dinorah Marquez, C. Michael Wright, Lee Erickson, Ruth Schudson & Monty Davis, Sarah Price, Jason Yi, Marie Kohler, Ray Chi, JoAnna Poehlmann, Raoul Deal, Berkeley Fudge, Mark Bucher, Kevin Stalheim, Marina Lee Meyer, Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker, James and Rose Pickering, Reynaldo Hernandez, Jill Sebastian, Terese Agnew and John Schneider.