Martha Coaty

Martha Coaty


Martha Coaty

Artist Statement:

Photography is like a blank sheet of paper to me. I need to fill it up with color or structure or something that rips at my heart. The tools I use have evolved into digital; however, film was my strict starting point.

When I work in my digital darkroom, my photographs are not complete unless I utter the word, “beauty” when I have completed them. All of the dark room training I received comes into play as I strengthen certain areas, and follow my instinct for balance and symmetry.

Where my inspiration comes from is anybody’s guess. I just roam around and see art in everything. This became evident years ago when I enjoyed a rusted safety pin on my walk across the bridge at UW-Eau Claire. My friend told me it was a cry for help. I laugh now because I still see in much the same way. Though, architecture is a good foundation for what I do, the terra firma I spring from.

Martha Coaty is an award winning fine art photographer currently living in Racine. Her photographs reflect a stillness of urban and rural landscape presented in a painterly fashion.

She has a degree in Journalism and Art from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Subjects include agrarian architecture, industrial buildings, objects, people, animals, and the Great Lakes in striking color and black and white.

Her work has been included in many juried exhibitions in Door County. She has received several awards at The Miller Art Museum and her photograph, “Sherwood,” is included in its permanent collection. Her work has been in several shows at The Hardy Gallery including “Picture This” where her photograph, “The Friesian,” earned the Juror’s Award of Excellence. “Hay Bale Carousel” received the Peninsula Pulse’ Hal Grutzmacher Award in 2011 and a Juror’s Choice award at the Miller Art Museum.

“In the last few years I’ve dedicated my time and effort to making photographs. I kept thinking that I had missed my calling. So, I decided to structure my time solely on my artwork to see what would happen. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to receive awards for my photographs and to be included in many juried shows throughout Wisconsin including “Photography 2012″ at Racine Art Museum’s Wustum gallery. I moved from Green Bay to Racine in 2014.”

Honorable Mention Cedarburg Cultural Center, Annual Juried Exhibit, “The Little Show” 2015 (“Industrial Apple”)

First Place Award – Coalition of Photographic Arts 8th Annual Midwest Juried Exhibition 2014, Walker’s Point, Milwaukee (“Industrial Chartreuse”)

Merit Award – Plymouth Arts Center Alive in the Arts 19th Annual Juried Exhibition 2014 (“Fog Induction”)

Best of Show Award – 24th Annual Midwest Seasons Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI 2014 (“Sherwood”)

Special Merit Excellence Award – Miller Art Museum 38th Juried Annual 2013 (“Fog Induction”)

Best of Show – Wet Whistle Wine Festival Art Fair, Algoma 2013 (Body of Work)

Excellence Award – Artstreet, Art Fair, Green Bay, WI 2013 (Body of Work)

Honorable Mention – Trout Museum of Art 33rd Annual Secura Fine Arts Exhibition, 2013 (“Industrial Color”)

Purchase Award – 23rd Annual Arti Gras, Green Bay, WI 2013 (“Yellow Shore”)

First Place Award – Plymouth Arts Center Alive in the Arts 17th Annual Juried Exhibition 2012 (“Hay Bale Carousel”)

Special Merit Excellence Award – Miller Art Museum 37th Juried Annual 2012 (“Sherwood”)

Honorable Mention – 2012 Hal Grutzmacher Photography Jubilee – Peninsula Pulse (“Golden Frond”)

Patricia Miller Friebart Award – 25th Northern National Juried Art Competition, Nicolet College, Rhinelander 2012 (“Sherwood”)

Artistic Excellence Award – Neville Public Museum 67th Art Annual Juried Exhibition 2011 (“Yellow Shore”)

Jurors Choice Award – Miller Art Museum 36th Juried Annual 2011 (“Hay Bale Carousel”)

Jurors Award of Artistic Excellence (First Place) – Hardy Gallery “Picture This!” 2011 (“The Friesian”)

First Place – Hal Grutzmacher Award Peninsula Pulse Photography Jubilee 2011 (“Hay Bale Carousel”)

Honorable Mention – Peninsula Pulse Photography Jubilee 2011 (“White Harbor”)

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