While the planet heats up, glass artist Richard Jones decides to cool down Studio Paran to focus on less carbon-intensive work. Read more

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Andrew Gibbs

As we begin a new decade, Madison’s creatives have big dreams for the future. We surveyed some movers and shakers, and found that their responses fell into several broad and significant categories. Read more

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The east-side Arts + Literature Laboratory has always had a much larger impact than its tiny space would indicate. In 2020, the multimedia hub will expand into new digs near The Sylvee. Read more

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Increasing visibility for artists of color and an explosion of multimedia works defined 2019’s visual highlights. Read more

Visual Arts

Don’t let a glimpse through the glass windows be your only experience of this year’s MMoCA Triennial. Read more

Visual Arts

With Gallery Night coming right up, it’s just the beginning of an exciting fall for arts and culture in our fair city. Read more

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Stephanie Hofmann

When Madison Circus Space reopens in October, it will reflect the growing popularity and expanded definition of the circus arts. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “Fences” is full of emotionally wrenching moments. It’s led by David Alan Anderson and Karen Aldridge, portraying African Americans striving to live the American Dream. Read more

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With slight increases in budget and some marketing schemes in place, there might be hope for renewed arts funding in Wisconsin under Gov. Tony Evers’ administration. Read more

A & E


Linda Falkenstein

In life drawing, it is folly to try to make your sketches “too human, too soon.” This and other artistic advice is available free at the Chazen Museum of Art. Read more

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Surprises are in store if you open up the drawers in Phil Heckman’s “On Ouisconsin: An Illustrated Historical Catalog” at Sequoya Library. Read more

Visual Arts

Harold Schmitz, a Milwaukee-based artist, was drafted into the Army Air Corps as an artist in World War II. “In My Spare Moments” at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum displays his art an his tools, giving a special glimpse into an unusual assignment. Read more

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RDG Dahlquist Art Studio

“Both/And — Tolerance/Innovation” is a new sculpture unveiled on lower State Street, near Library Mall. It was Plan B for the city, which scrapped plans for a different piece of art. Read more

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Dylan Brogan

After some unfortunate renovations of the Madison Municipal Building over the years, the city spent $30 million to restore the historic building to its original architectural splendor. “Municipal Restored” — a grand opening and art event — is Dec. 8. Read more


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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Throughout November, the work of veterans will be featured at 11 venues throughout the city as part of a month-long exposition. Coordinator Yvette Pino says she hopes the works will spark conversations on the role of the military and treatment of vet Read more

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Carolyn Fath

Planning the Monroe Street reconstruction meant paying attention to public art. By next spring, the street will have poetry in the sidewalks, mosaics by Marcia Yapp and sculptures by Harry Whitehorse and William Turnbull. Read more

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Barry Phipps

“New Midwest Photography” at the James Watrous Gallery explores the dark and the light, the sad and the hopeful, in our varied region. Read more

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Brian Rieselman

It’s like a scene from a Georges Seurat painting. Brian Rieselman roams the 800 acres of Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate during the inaugural “Taliesin Plein Air” event. Read more

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An expert at all things related to a certain boy wizard, scenic designer Pamela Price sets up shop in Verona, in close proximity to Epic Systems. Her company, F5 Theming, recently unveiled a whimsical new addition to the Epic campus. Read more

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