Arts & Culture

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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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

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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


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

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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

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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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Wisconsin Public Television and Radio are back under the UW-Madison umbrella. But you probably won’t notice. Read more



John Riggs

“The 602 Club in the Sixties” captures rare images of a hangout for artists, intellectuals, draft dodgers and protesters. Photographer John Riggs also captured rare photos of gay men out in public from the pre-Stonewall era. Read more

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Ryan Minard

As Madison’s biggest music venues consolidate under corporate ownership, a group of local artists and musicians is creating an all-ages, alcohol-free creative space on the city’s east side. Read more


“Taking Flight” is a new book from historian Michael Edmonds. It combines field adventures with a cultural history of how Midwesterners have interacted with birds. Read more



Mary Dickey

Here’s a cure for winter cabin fever: A drive to the excellent “Wings & Water” exhibition at Sauk Prairie River Arts Center. Read more

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Experts agree: Artists, local organizations and city government need to work together to help link artists with opportunities and funding. Read more

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Dan Myers

Isthmus theater critic Gwendolyn Rice looks back at the moments that stand out in a crowded field in 2017. Read more



Chris Winterhack

International Festival at Overture Center on February 25, 2017. Read more

Photo Galleries

Joel Plant, a city of Madison alcohol policy coordinator and staffer under Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, will run Frank Productions, Inc. starting in January. Read more



Steven Potter

A new mural created by LGBTQ youth will soon be visible on the side of Art In, 1444 E. Washington Ave. Its message is a tribute to the late street artist Brendan Scanlon, aka SOLVE. Read more

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