To Be Seen and Heard

 Prophet William J. Blackmon (American, 1921-2010).  The Family Path of the Whole Earth to Heaven , n.d. Latex and enamel paint on plywood. Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of the artist. M1988.179

Prophet William J. Blackmon (American, 1921-2010). The Family Path of the Whole Earth to Heaven, n.d. Latex and enamel paint on plywood. Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of the artist. M1988.179

March 23-June 10, 2018
Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 22, 5-8 p.m.
Curated by Matt Arient and Tim Bruce


In 2018, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art will feature two major exhibitions focusing on place, To Be Seen and Heard, highlighting Wisconsin as a place where art was made, and Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow, which explores the role of Chicago in the critical reception of outsider art.

On view at Intuit from March 23 – June 17, 2018, To Be Seen and Heard brings attention to 5 Wisconsin artists: Prophet William J. Blackmon, Josephus Farmer, Simon Sparrow, Albert Zahn, and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. These often under-recognized artists/preachers/environment builders created works, not in isolation, but “To Be Seen and Heard.”  

This exhibition will feature nearly fifty paintings, photographs, sculptures, and reliefs. From the signs and religious imagery of Prophet J. Blackmon and Josephus Farmer, to the mixed media constructions of Simon Sparrow, to the carvings of Albert Zahn, and paintings and photographs by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, the exhibition will highlight the important contribution these artists have made to the art world. Wisconsin has produced and fostered a great number of artists and creative thinkers. To Be Seen and Heard highlights a select few who deserve a wider audience.

Press coverage of this exhibition:
The best art exhibits to see in Chicago in March (TimeOut Chicago)
62 Things to Do in Chicago in March (Chicago Magazine)