Milwaukee Art Student’s Work Exhibited at UW-Whitewater Gallery This Month | Parker

WHITEWATER — A student created the mystical, eye-catching art on display during ‘Beyond the Waves and Into the Stars’ at Roberta’s Art Gallery.

Pieces by Ashlyn Bledsoe, a sophomore at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, are on display at the gallery until March 30.

Bledsoe’s work is full of scenes inspired by imagination and fantasy, often composed of vibrant blues, purples and pinks tied to the theme of the sea and space.

This is the first professional art exhibition for the illustration major.

“Art is literally who I am,” Bledsoe said. “Without that, I don’t know what I would do. My room is surrounded by pieces of me that I hung up. I wake up and see it every day, I have this drive and passion and love for it.

Bledsoe’s exhibition features work made using mixed media, with most of his pieces using acrylic paint, ink, markers and colored pencils in the creative process. She draws inspiration from fantasy and sci-fi scenes to create her own intriguing scenes through vivid colors and intricate details.

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Roberta’s Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition reception featuring Bledsoe speaking about his work and experiences as a young artist, Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m., in person at the gallery.

You will be able to meet the artist, chat and enjoy light refreshments. To learn more about Bledsoe’s work and experience, visit her Instagram at art.with.ashlyn.

Roberta’s Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the James R. Connor University Center at UW-Whitewater. The gallery hosts several exhibitions each semester collaborating with artists, both locally and regionally. Many of our events will take place in person this semester, with the option of a virtual exhibit. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Roberta’s Art Gallery at (262) 472-3193, email [email protected], or search for “Roberta’s Art Gallery” on

Kayleen C. Rice