Arts & Culture

An essential stop on May 3 Gallery Night is West High School’s Colucci Gallery, where longtime ceramics instructor Phil Lyons has a retrospective. Lyons’ storied career includes visual art, music, building and coaching. Read more

Visual Arts


Jim Escalante

“Secrete, Augment, Testify” is an exhibit of fungus photos and metalwork by Chloe Darke, winner of the 2019 Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize. It’s at the Chazen Museum of Art through June 16. Read more

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Eric Baillies

There’s a psychedelic exuberance to “Evocative Mechanisms of Art,” a three-artist show on display in the atrium of Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center. Read more

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Althea Dotzour

A visit to a Tucson gift shop sparks a collector’s passion for the pottery from the village of Mata Ortiz, Mexico. Now Terry Haller’s collection is being displayed at the Monroe Arts Center. Read more

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UW-Madison’s school of music celebrated the 80th birthday of composer John Harbison with a marvelous chamber concert featuring the Pro Arte Quartet and violist Sally Chisholm on Feb. 17. Harbison was there to take his bows. Read more



Peter Krško

Artists Peter Krsko and Robert Anderson explore the repeating patterns of nature in “LOOK: Tropical Tessellations,” an exhibit opening Feb. 16 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Read more

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A friend and former bandmate says goodbye to Madison-area musician Lou Cruz, who died on Feb. 1. Read more

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Gillian Laub

“Southern Rites,” a photography exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art by UW alum Gillian Laub, documents the segregation practices of a Southern town. Read more

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Leaders of Children’s Theater of Madison and Madison Youth Choirs are ecstatic about the $20 million pledge from Pleasant Rowland that will launch the state-of-the-art Madison Youth Arts Center. Read more

A & E

A joint show at Paoli’s Abel Contemporary Gallery displays work of handbuilding and woodblock printing. Read more

Visual Arts

Multimedia artist Helen Hawley’s multimedia exploration at Arts + Literature Lab draws, in part, on her recent residency in Senegal. Read more

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Ross Zentner

And the award for best categories goes to … Isthmus theater critic Gwendolyn Rice, who looks back at an exciting year on Madison stages — from “best big musical in a small space” to “best use of a sandwich as a dramatic device.” Read more


From Frida Kahlo’s mysterious cactus fruit to neon lights displayed inside the historic stock pavilion, 2018 was a wild, fun-filled year for the visual arts in Madison. John McLaughlin recounts shows that moved him. Read more

Visual Arts

The Chazen Museum of Art displays 16 prints from the late great printmaker Warrington Colescott, who died in September. Read more

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“Plutonium,” the epic new suite of jazz pieces from longtime Madison drummer Michael Brenneis, is a gorgeous, thrilling and sometimes terrifying examination of industrialization and its impact on the human condition. Read more

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Artist Katherine Steichen Rosing captures the cryptic beauty of the life-and-death cycle of ash trees in “Emeralds to Ashes,” an exhibit at Madison College. Read more

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Inspired by cartoons and skateboard designs, an enigmatic street artist has been decorating Madison’s east side with surrealist nostalgia. Read more

Visual Arts

After the Storm

Michael Knapstein

Some of the season’s more interesting art exhibits are lining the corridors of the Overture Center, writes Michael Muckian. Read more

Visual Arts

When it comes to the arts, Madison keeps upping the ante. Our arts writers help you narrow it down with their picks for the most promising events in theater, comedy, dance, visual art and classical music. Read more

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Michael Kienitz

A new exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art features stunning photography by Michael Kienitz. The artist culled 30 images from more than 14,000 he has taken in Iceland over the past five years. Read more

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