Adam Oldre's Minnesota and Wisconsin roots have lead him to embrace his mechanical and creative skills throughout his life. Born into a loving and supportive family and being raised in smaller towns has paved many avenues on which his skills and creativity have developed. That, being coupled with difficult times and tight budgets, has further encouraged frugal and creative solutions in his art, his tools and various aspects of life.
After high school Oldre served as an auto mechanic and took on several other factory jobs before moving to La Crosse to attend school. After several years of studying art at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse he decided to try and take on an artistic career first hand by displaying in a few local Gallery shows and getting juried into the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis, MN. He quit going to all his classes and used the remainder of the semester, along with the university studio access to create a large volume of work for the Uptown Minneapolis event where he received an award.
Working now as a metalsmith in La Crosse since 2009, he repurposes metals and recyclable materials, he is very thankful for the help and support of the local community as well as the many talented and gracious artist mentors and family who have supported his journey.
Studied art at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, WI
2016 Organized and ran the "La Crosse Pop-up Art Show which showcased eight artists with ties to the La Crosse area.
2013 Judge - Visual Arts Classic hosted at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. The event is a competition for art students from area High Schools.
2010 Represented UW- La Crosse’s art department at the chancellor’s eagle roundtable
2009 - 2013 Gallery Assistant in the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Art Gallery. La Crosse, WI
2009 - 2013 Volunteer at Vitamin Studio LLC; A local art studio gallery. La Crosse, WI
Awards and Grants
2013 Top 25% artist award – Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis
2013 Ruth Ann Knapp award – UWL, La Crosse
2012 Catherine Crail art award – UWL, La Crosse
2011 Anita Malin award from the La Crosse Society of Arts & Crafts – UWL, La Crosse
2016 "In the moment" Two person show with Barbara Essock at the Alexander House 1131 Wisconsin River Dr., Port Edwards, WI
2016 "La Crosse Pop Up Art Show" Pop up show I organized at 901 4th Street S. La Crosse, WI
2013-2014 “People. Places. Things.” A group show at Studio Gallery 1311. 1311 Market St. La Crosse, WI
2013 “Reflections” a two person show with Megan Jensen at Common Ground Campus Ministry 1334 Pine St. La Crosse, WI
2013 Vitamin Studio Five Year Anniversary Celebration Exhibition at the Vitamin Studio, 129 S. 6th Street La Crosse, WI
2013 All - Student Juried Exhibition UW-L Art Gallery, 105 Center for the Arts 333 16th St. N La Crosse, WI
2012 La Crosse Country Club WGA (womens golf association) luncheon vendor, Onalaska, WI
2012 Vitamin Studio 4 year Anniversary Celebration Exhibition Vitamin studio 129 s. 6th street, La Crosse, WI
2012 All-Student Juried Exhibition at the UW-L Art Gallery, 105 Center for the Arts 333 16th St. N La Crosse, WI
2012 “The Art of The Drinking Vessel” juried exhibition in the Kader room of The Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St, La Crosse, WI 54601 La Crosse, WI
2011 All-Student Juried Exhibition at the UW-L Art Gallery, 105 Center for the Arts 333 16th St. N La Crosse, WI
2010 UW-La Crosse foundations exhibiton at the Root Note 115 4th St. South, La Crosse WI
2010 “Meet the Arts” reception at the UW-L Art Gallery, 105 Center for the Arts 333 16th St. N La Crosse, WI
2009 “Books” artists’ book exhibition at the UW-L Art Gallery, 105 Center for the Arts 333 16th St. N La Crosse, WI
2017 ACAC exhibitor, Lincoln Performing Arts Center, Manhattan
2015. Driftless Art Fair vendor
2015. Driftless Art Fair vendor
2013 Vendor – 50th Annual Juried Uptown Artfair, Minneapolis, MN
2013 Accepted by Jury – John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s 43rd Annual Midsummer Festival of the Arts, Sheboygan, WI
2008 Vendor - 25th Annual West Bend Riverwalk Artfair, West Bend, WI
2008 Vendor - Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts, Hartford, WI
Dec. 2012 – Nov.2019 State Street Gallery 1804 State Street, La Crosse, WI
Dec. 2013 – 2018 Nisse House of Art 211 S. Main St. Westby, WI
2013 Metal Enameling workshop under Tedd McDonah, former faculty associate at Arizona State University
2012 Metal Fold-forming workshop under Assosciate Professor Evan Larson at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
2011 Photograph published in Vol.11 #17 for the May ‘12, 2011 edition of the Second Supper publication for “Bike to work week”.
2011 Photograph published in the Myrick Hixon EcoPark Calendar for January
2013 Second Supper publication mentioning my work for “People. Places. Things” group show at Studio Gallery 1311. Vol. 13 #12, Page 13 for Dec ‘13