THEA KOVAC is a visual artist, writer, private art coach, workshop leader, and art instructor who calls her artistic practice LOST PLAYGROUND STUDIO. She currently teaches adult education courses at MIAD, Cardinal Stritch University, and the Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee. She has taught and led workshops in other settings including Alverno College, Milwaukee; Carroll College, Waukesha, WI; Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI; The Clearing in Door County; The Garden Room, Shorewood, WI; and the UW-Green Bay Weidner Center.
She attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) for 4 years after leaving an established career in social work. She has held several artists residencies in the Milwaukee Public Schools. Under the sponsorship of the Milwaukee Access Telecommunications Authority, she produced an art video with a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board.
She has been on the jury panel for exhibits at area colleges and the Milwaukee Art Museum Scholastic Art Awards, and has given presentation at artist organizations in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Her watercolor and acrylic paintings are in numerous collections locally and internationally and in many corporate collections including Avon Headquarters in New York, Information Resources in Chicago, and Northwestern Mutual, Bank One, Ernst and Whinney, Arthur Young, and St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee.
Since 1990 she has participated in numerous juried and invitational exhibits, including the Lakefront Festival of Art, Milwaukee, WI; Watercolor Wisconsin, Wustum Museum, Racine, WI; and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
Her loft studio is located in the Walkers Point area on the south side of Milwaukee.
Her paintings can be seen at Art and Soul Gallery and Katie Gingrass Gallery in Milwaukee, at Charlenes Gallery 10 in Gils Rock, Door County, WI, The Commercial in Alma, WI, the Wustum Museum Sales Gallery in Racine, WI, and by invitation to private studio sales.
Her paintings have also been juried into the online gallery of www.portalwisconsin.org.