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Museum Announces ART IN BLOOM Award Winners

Posted on April 17th, 2008

Milwaukee, WI, April 15, 2008—
More than 8,000 people visited the Milwaukee Art Museum during the inaugural Art in Bloom, April 10-13, 2008. In all, 32 floral designers participated in the exhibition’s installations. Presented by the Museum’s own Garden Club, Art in Bloom also included lectures, workshops, docent-guided tours, book signings, mother-daughter teas, a multi-vendor indoor marketplace, a one-day outdoor sculpture sale, and refined dining in the Café Calatrava Garden Room.

The Museum is pleased to announce the three winners of the professionally judged Art in Bloom awards, and the popular-demand People’s Choice Awards for which more than 400 visitors cast ballots. Pam Borgardt of Mileagers in Racine and Terri Madison of the Bayside Garden Center won awards in both contests.

Art in Bloom Awards

Best in Show
Pam Borgardt, Milaegers Inc. Racine
Inspired by Red, Yellow, Blue II by Ellsworth Kelly 

Best Creative Design
Alka Bhargava and Helen Surridge, Ikebana International Chapter 22
Inspired by Study for Three Portraits by Fernand Léger

Best Traditional Design
Terri Madison, Bayside Garden Center
Inspired by Portrait of Miss Frances Lee by Francis Cotes

The Art in Bloom Awards were judged by a three-person panel:

Laurie Winters
Curator of Earlier European Art
Milwaukee  Art Museum

Kitty Larkin
Past president of the National Garden Club Federation, 2004-06
Accredited Flower Show Judge
Menomenee Falls, WI                                               

Elaine Burke
Accredited Flower Show Judge, Garden Clubs of America
Hartland, WI

People’s Choice Awards

Best in Show
Pam Borgardt, Milaegers Inc. Racine
Inspired by Red, Yellow, Blue II by Ellsworth Kelly

Best Creative Design
Mary Strachota Jahnke, Grasch Floral
Untitled by Simon sparrow

Best Traditional Design
Portrait of Miss Frances Lee, Francis Cotes
Terri Madison, Bayside Garden Center

Images of these award-winning installations are available upon request.