Get to know our line-up for 2017.
Jason S. Yi ‘s works across artistic disciplines: photography, video, sculpture, drawing, multimedia and interactive installations. The expanded notions of culture, time and history play a critical role in the creation of his work.
ERIC ADJETEY ANANG
Eric Adjetey Anang is a Ghanaian sculptor and fantasy coffin carpenter. He was born in Teshie, Ghana, where he lives and runs the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop.Anang has become, one of Ghana’s leading contemporary artists, recognized both locally and internationally. In 2009, his work was featured in a television commercial for Aquarius (sports drink). Additionally, he has collaborated with the Oregon College of Art & Craft, by organizing a two-month residence in Ghana for artist and Senior Lecturer Michael de Forest and in a photographic project Please, do not move! with French photographer Guy Hersant. He was invited to the Black World Festival in Dakar as representative of designers from Ghana.
Erica Hess is an artist and designer living in Madison, Wisconsin. She is currently working towards her M.F.A at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, focusing on printmaking, textiles, and sculpture. She is a co-founder and President of the collective printmaking space, Polka Press.
Michael Duffy is a Madison graphic artist. He makes posters and artisinal agit-prop, and sometimes posts images to the street and in other unsanctioned venues in the hopes of perturbing peripheral perception. He has produced large scale graphics for the Bookless and Stackedevents at the Madison Public Library and recently for the on-site, pop-up events Municipal (in the vacant Madison Municipal Building) and Forge (in the defunct Brass Works.)
"The development of my work is part of a larger idea of wanting to create a bridge to understanding Native American traditional practices through nontraditional forms of art. It is through the continuation of understanding my Native heritage through my lens as well as through the loom that I am understanding the connection between the weaver and the materials. The ultimate goal is to bring an awareness to the development of Native American art and bring tradition into the Fine Arts world."
Tom Loeser has been head of the wood/furniture area at UW-Madison since 1991. He holds a BA from Haverford College, a BFA from Boston University’s Program in Artisanry and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Loeser designs and builds one-of-a-kind functional and dysfunctional objects that are often carved and painted and always based on the history of design and object-making as a starting point for developing new form and meaning.
Alex is an artist living and working in Chicago after recently graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters in studio art. Alex makes paintings, sculptures, and installations with the intent of creating imagery and spaces that encourage an examination of feminine power.
Helen is the featured artist in Arts + Literature Laboratory's mobile gallery. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of Glass in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison having held various teaching positions throughout the country including Rhode Island School of Design and MIT Glass Lab. She has exhibited nationally having build an artistic practice out of a material lust for glass and an insatiable curiosity around language.
the warming hive
The Warming Hive is an airy collaboration among 11 School of Architecture and Urban Planning students instructed by assistant professor Whitney Moon, as well as artists Katy Cowan and Nicholas Frank of The Open, a multiplatform art gallery. Students in Moon’s inflatable architecture seminar designed the pneumatic (air-inflated) hive as a portable installation that can host a variety of art programs. The Hive is adaptable to a variety of site and seasonal conditions, and offers capabilities that cannot be matched by traditional construction.
Jeremy Wineberg is a designer, educator and visual artist working in painting, drawing, sculpture, video and installation media. He grew up in Pennsylvania and studied art at the University of Delaware. His work connects every day observations of cardboard, snowflakes, leaf piles, scientific diagrams, maps and tree branches with larger events like time, space and gravity as a way stretch imagination and experience. Mapping, synesthesia, psychogeography, divination, accumulation and story-telling have been methods he has used to estrange the ordinary and open up new points of view.
"As a woman struggling with the expectations of gender performance and age related “female” achievements, it is clear to me that my desire to create a space of domestic comfort for my viewer is informed by my struggle with achieving societal norms for my age and gender. There is a tension for me in that desire – to both push toward and pull away from the expectations of others. I want to explore that space. " Jennifer Bastian received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Gabe Strader-Brown is a sculptural artist who resides in New York City. Strader-Brown works with a variety of methods and materials and often sets a focus on objects, forms, and materials used in our common everyday environments. This ranges anywhere from utilitarian objects and fixtures to vernacular building techniques and re-interpreted construction materials. He is an artist intrigued with visual culture and the intentionally designed pieces of urban settings.
Tri Ngo [ Ngô Hứa Minh Trí ] (b. 1990) is a Vietnamese-American visual artist and designer based in Chicago, IL. Tri Ngo creates installations, sculptures, paintings and design objects that explore the concept of home through the examination of architecture forms, furniture and everyday objects. He is current a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Holly is a painter based in Madison. She painted live at last year's first annual Picnic in the Park fundraiser held in Tenney Park. The pieces she created during that event will be exhibited at Olbrich Park's Makeshift and likely for many Madison Parks Foundation events to come.
Gail Simpson is a sculptor and public artist who works on projects individually and as part of Actual Size Artworks, a collaborative team. She has an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her public art projects can be seen in Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Kansas, North Carolina, Illinois and other locations nationally. Her recent projects reflect her interest in landscape materials and the natural environment and her involvement with local community issues.
Thomas Ferrella is a Wisconsin-based artist who uses his work to comment and respond to social and environmental causes. He incorporates a variety of media into his practice, from natural materials such as willow branches to manmade constructions to painting. The material often guides the message, and in this way can be seen as a vessel for the purpose the work ultimately serves.