Sep 212014

Photo by Jenna Knapp

On September 21st, 2014 Milwaukeeans gathered for the second annual Blue Dress Cup Competition. Through a series of athletic events, artists from around the city battled for the title of Best Artist in Milwaukee. The competitors tested the time-honored artistic qualities of Sensitivity, Judgement, and Authenticity in a game of basketball, a performative interpretation of the park, and a role-swapping event in which they had the opportunity to judge the judges. In the end, Tia Richardson was awarded the cup and the title.

The group of competitors was comprised of Tia Richardson, Alice Waraxa, Neil Gasparka, Kathryn Wilson Elisabeth Albeck, and Jeff Suddendorf.  The event was judged by Dana Basset from Bad At Sports, Jeremy Fojut from Newaukee, Renato Umali of the Umali Awards, and Murray the Best Artist in Milwaukee of 2013. MC Adam Carr hosted the event. Blue Dress Cup was in coordination with Doors Open Milwaukee.

The Best Artist Reception will be held later in 2014 to honor the achievements of Richardson and the other constants.

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Photos by Jenna Knapp


Dec 152013

secondThe Friends of Blue Dress park newsletter is now available! Take a look at the digital version on our Newsletter page, or if you would like to request a print version email us at

Sep 212013


Each year, from the vast reaches of our city’s cultural geography, six highly-talented individuals are called to compete for the cup, the title, and the legacy that can only belong to the Best Artist in Milwaukee. There can only be one, and this fact is made only too clear as Blue Dress Cup Talent Analysts scour the city in search of those worthy to test their skills. Only those exhibiting the highest concentrations of Sensitivity, Individuality, Social Capacity, and Patience make the cut. Maybe it can be you.

On September 21st, 2013 the The first annual Blue Dress Cup competition was held, in cooperation with Doors Open Milwaukee. The BDC committee was proud to award the title of ‘Best Artist in Milwaukee’ to Murray, who fought fiercely against his competitors Elisabeth Albeck, Jacob Goudreault, Ashley Coffey, Christopher McIntyre, and Emmett Gross in a battle that will be remembered for years to come.

Blue Dress Cup is a board initiative founded by Sara Caron and led by the Blue Dress Cup Committee, which consists of Chairpersons Brad Fiore and Monica Miller as well as a roster of subcommittee heads including Adam Carr, Jenna Knapp, and Oliver Sydello.

Nov 092012

The Friends of Blue Dress are happy to present WC Tank’s independent production, Spending Time With Blue Dress Park. The video is inspired by the physical space of the park as well as the Friend’s bonus checkpoint at the RW24. WC Tank says of the work, “ … [the] absurdist documentary treats the park itself as a full character. … [the work] combines invented histories, imaginative descriptions and footage of events and un-events, painting a portrait of poetic potential for a marginalized anti-place.”

The video premiered at MDW Fair in Chicago Illinois in 2012.

Anyone can be a Friend of Blue Dress Park Associate. Let us know if you have an idea or project of mutual interest.