Vlasta Polacek

My art education started in Europe and continued in the United States. At a very young age I started drawing and painting whenever I could, although that wasn’t always possible in the war and then during the Communist regime. Fortunately my artistic ability opened doors to employment for me once in the United States, where I was free to paint again and pursue more education. While attending Fine Art at Triton College in Illinois, I found a new passion in printmaking. This led to a number of awards.


  • FIRST PLACE  awards at Downers Grove Arts Festival
  • and at Annual Fine Arts Show, North Riverside
  • 3rd PLACE award at Yorktown Art Festival
  • HONORABLE MENTION at Berwyn Fine Art Show
  • COLLECTOR’S AWARD purchased by an art Collector in Oak Brook.

In 1989 when we moved to the beautiful Northwoods I again felt inspired to paint. Instead of portraits and still life I got the courage to paint the wildlife for the first time in my life. I took my own reference photos on our property. But I still loved to do etchings as well.


  • Numerous HONORABLE mentions, Manito Annual Art Exhibit
  • Numerous WRAA STATE Awards and HONORABLE mentions
  • Award for outstanding work at the annual WRAA State Exhibit at UW Madison.
  • SOLO Exhibit at New Visions Gallery in Marshfield, Wi. 55 pieces of artwork.
  • SOLO Exhibit at Nicolet College, Rhinelander, Wi.
  • BEST OF SHOW, awarded by fellow artists, at Nicole College
  • AWARD OF EXCELLENCE at M&I Bank in Ashland, Wi.
  • FIRST, SECOND and THIRD place,  at People’s Choice Award Show for Lakeland Art League.

After becoming a member of the Artists Palette, in 1996, I purchased the Condo Unit that the gallery is in.

Vlasta Polacek Gallery