Our 2024 juror will be Marcia Gorra-Patek. Marcia Marcia Gorra-Patek is an award-winning artist and teacher, having work shown and recognized in Japan, France, Germany, and throughout the United States. Marcia Studied Art in Wisconsin, (her native state), Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Minnesota, New York, Georgia, Washington D.C., as well as in France, Italy and Germany. She holds several degrees and certificates, including an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Marcia has taught art on every level, from preschool through college. She has been a guest art teacher and lecturer at many institutions including the University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Michigan State University, Concordia University, John Michael Kohler Art Center, and many more. She is also a certified Suzuki Music Teacher.
Besides maintaining her active jewelry/metals, music and art studio over the past 40 years, she taught for 17 years, locally, for the Grafton School District. During her time at Grafton, Marcia won several awards, and was continuously nominated by her colleagues for art teacher of the year.
After retiring in 2022, Marcia has continued to teach art and music to community groups, as well as for many art centers and museums. She is a member of many professional art organizations, and is the current president of Wisconsin Pastel Artists.