Awards and Exhibitions

In 2013, the Society of American Graphic Artists awarded Thrall a Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2011, the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) gave him the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award. MOWA, the Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Art and Letters collaborate to make these annual awards. Also he was the SAGA featured artist in a members show in Milwaukee and his print was included in the SAGA 78th Member Exhibition at the Prince Street Gallery in New York City. He has been exhibiting with them since 1951. Over the years their membership has included most of America’s foremost printmakers including Mary Cassatt, Joseph Pennell, John Marin, Lee Chesney, Alfred Sessler, June Wayne and Childe Hassam.

He was also included in Boston Printmakers 2013 thINK Show, a traveling exhibition, and in 2010–2011 he was in the Ronald L. Ruble Collection – “The Printmaking Revolution in America and the Wisconsin Presence” at the Kenosha (WI) Public Museum.

Over the years, Thrall has continued to have an active exhibition schedule with solo and group shows at a variety of galleries in New York, the National Printmakers Show in Hilo Hawaii, Chicago, and Rockport, Massachusetts, in Door County, Wisconsin, New Visions Gallery at the Marshfield Clinic and the Appleton Art Center’s exhibition entitled “Symphony: Art and Music.” Special exhibitions have been “150 Years of Wisconsin Printmaking” at the University of Wisconsin at the Chason Art Museum, “The Art in Music” exhibition at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, a solo show at Lawrence University’s Wriston Art Center and many other college and university galleries nationwide. He was commissioned to produce an edition of prints for the Wisconsin Governor’s Award for the Arts.

In 2014, he was included in MOWA’s “Fresh Impressions: Contemporary Wisconsin Printmakers” and also “Art in Music” at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, both in Milwaukee.   In 2013 he had a solo exhibition “Orchestrated Lines: Engravings & Paintings by Arthur Thrall” also sponsored by MOWA in Milwaukee.