Friday, July 09, 2021

Maria Anholzer, the 2021 Summer Resident in the Idea Studio at the Fond du Lac Public Library, has set out a busy schedule this summer that includes regular programs online starting July 19 and opportunities to work with her in-person beginning July 29.

Anholzer, an Appleton-based multimedia artist, is an experienced art educator, currently working as a young artist instructor at the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wis. She has exhibited her work nationally at locations such as the Hardy gallery, Laird Norton, Weber Gallery, and the Watkins Gallery. Anholzer is now showing her work in “The Glitch is the Soul in the Machine” exhibition in Minnesota. Past honors include winning a 2019 Winona Fine Art Commission grant and placing second place in the “In It To Win It” 2020 Plein Air competition.

“[I] have many experiences teaching students of all abilities and students with disabilities as well,” she said. “I enjoy experimenting in all art forms and I am always ready to try something new.”

Virtual programs planned for the Idea Studio this summer include:

  • Mondays, July 19 through Aug. 30: Weekly update videos released via Facebook ( Anholzer will be available to answer questions in the Facebook comments. No registration required.
  • Tuesdays, July 20 through Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Art nights on Zoom. Whether you’re an artist or just want to be inspired by others' work, join Anholzer as she facilitates a shared creative work time. Bring projects to work on or bring your questions and curiosity. Register at

Two in-person workshops are planned at this time as well:

  • Thursday, July 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Night Market: Collaborate with Anhozler at the downtown Fond du Lac Night Market. She will start a large, mixed-media piece dealing with her theme of “universal memories'', then invite Night Market patrons to make their own contributions to the piece. This special community collaboration will be donated back to Idea Studio for public display. No registration required.
  • Saturday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m.: Mixed Media Collage with Maria Anholzer (location to be announced). Join Anholzer as she teaches participants how to create mixed-media collages using materials such as acrylic markers, chalk pastels, magazine images, and more. Participants will create an original art piece to take home. For adults and teens 13+; younger school-age children may attend with a caretaker. Register at

As part of her residency, Anholzer will create multiple mixed-media artworks that focus on our relationship to human memory, particularly universal experiences that all people relate to: a child's birthday, young adulthood, the bond of motherhood, family. She hopes to create works that the viewer can connect to, even if their experience/memory was different.