‘Inspired by La Crosse’ art contest winners get year’s display at City Hall

Pump Jason Stuempges
Tom Balko of Knotty Willow in La Crosse, whose wood sculpture is titled “Currents.” (Pump House newsletter)

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Artwork of the three winners of the “Inspired by La Crosse” juried art competition will be displayed at City Hall for a year.

The Pump House Regional Arts Center in La Crosse sponsors the annual competition with support from the city’s Arts Board. The Pump House featured the winners, who were announced during Artspire on June 11, in its July newsletter.

The victors, who received $200 apiece and a ribbon, are:

  • Tom Balko of Knotty Willow in La Crosse, whose wood sculpture is titled “Currents.”
  • Susan Fox of La Crosse, whose rendition of a crane is titled “Hiding in Plain Sight.”
  • Jason Stuempges of Jason Ray Photography, a landscape photographer in Sparta, Wis., whose winning entry is an panoramic photo of the city titled, with appropriate simplicity, “La Crosse.”

“Inspired by La Crosse” is coordinated in conjunction with Artspire La Crosse, the largest annual arts celebration in downtown La Crosse. It is intended to cultivate awareness of and appreciation for the arts.

Also during the arts celebration, four Artspire Artist Awards were presented in a competition that Altra Federal Credit Union sponsored. A panel of jurors picked the winners, based on originality, quality and presentation in their booths.

They are:

  • First, Johnathan Lawson, “Roadside Paintings,” received $1,000.
  • Second, Tyler Voorhees of Tyler Voorhees Art, $500.
  • Merit Award, Jenna Hestekin, The Cozy Red, $100.
  • Merit Award, Will Brzezinski, Positive Spin Ceramics, $100.

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