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Date of Release: 
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
608.257.0158 x 237 or erika@mmoca.org

Art Fair on the Square Best in Show and Invitation Award Winners Announced

Art Fair on the Square

Best in Show and Invitation Award Winners Announced

Saturday, July 11 (9 am–6 pm)

Sunday, July 12 (10 am–5 pm)

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art has announced the 2015 Best in Show and Invitational Award winners for Art Fair on the Square. This year’s event is showcasing the work of nearly 500 artists displaying original fine art and craft, handmade clothing, original photography, jewelry, and much more.  The Art Fair on the Square jury, made up of local fine art experts, visited all the artist booths and made their determinations at the end of the first day of the fair.

Beloved by the Madison community, drawing people from across the region, generating nearly $25 million for the local economy and elevating art; the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents this major event each year.

Art Fair on the Square continues to be one of the largest art fairs in the Midwest, and is rated in the top 20 of fine art fairs in North America. Hours for this year’s fair are: Saturday, July 11 (9 am-6 pm) and Sunday, July 12 (10 am-5 pm).

Best in Show

2015 Art Fair on the Square

 
Glass: Robin Kittleson (676)
Sculpture and 3-D Mixed Media: Nicario Jimenez (622)
Wood: Steve Frank (242)
Fiber / Leather: Martina Celerin (345)
Ceramic: William Kidd (641)
Metal Works: Randall Riemer (552)
Photography: Michael Bryant (564)
Jewelry: Susan Frerichs (156)
Mixed Media 2-D: Aaron Hequembourg (234)
Furniture: James Pearce (262)
Printmaking, Graphics, and Drawing: Nick Wroblewski (847)
Painting: Phill Singer (522)
Digital Art: Jason Brueck (639)

Invitational Awards

2015 Art Fair on the Square

First Name

Last Name

Medium

Booth Number

Dawn

LaGrave

Mixed Media 2-D

128

Jill

Bedford

Photography

132

Greg

Gawlowski

Photography

133

Kent

Ambler

Printmaking, Graphics, and Drawing

134

Armando

Pedroso

Mixed Media 2-D

140

Melanie

Ebertz

Fiber / Leather

158

Giampietro

Filippetti

Glass

165

Eric

Grimes

Wood

168

John

Mascoll

Wood

241

Valerie

Hector

Jewelry

251

Hilary

Hachey

Jewelry

254

Dakota

Pratt

Sculpture and 3-D Mixed Media

271

Michele

LeVett

Jewelry

337

Paul

Jeselskis

Ceramics

340

Paul

Lambrecht

Wood

347

Terry

Habeger

Ceramics

348

Tiara Sunkyung

Kim

Jewelry

354

Jill

Wagoner

Fiber / Leather

364

Jaana

Mattson

Sculpture and 3-D Mixed Media

367

Brad

Goddard

Photography

369

Patricio

Ferreira

Jewelry

377

Keith

Bradley

Metal-Works

414

Thomas

Maras

Glass

424

Nathan

Hunter

Wood

432

David

Royce

Glass

436

Thomas

Harris

Ceramics

453

Michael

Schwegmann

Ceramics

463

Trish

Stevenson

Jewelry

466

Nick

Molignano

Wood

467

Julie

Berndt

Ceramics

468

Thomas

Wargin

Sculpture and 3-D Mixed Media

470

Samuel

Yao

Fiber / Leather

520

Rachel

Derstine

Fiber / Leather

526

Julie

Seymour

Jewelry

529

Amy

Gillespie

Fiber / Leather

531

Mark

Winter

Sculpture and 3-D Mixed Media

536

John

Herbon

Ceramics

565

David

Barkby

Sculpture and 3-D Mixed Media

572

Warner

Whitfield

Glass

624

Jean

Wells

Ceramics

625

Ron

Dekok

Furniture

633

Michele

Friedman

Jewelry

647

Robert

Slater

Jewelry

648

Larry

Brown

Wood

657

emerson

Matabele

Photography

716

John

Scanlan

Photography

719

Geoff

Buddie

Sculpture and 3-D Mixed Media

731

Richard

Jones

Glass

738

Gregg

Palm

Wood

740

John

Ruff

Jewelry

741

Scott

Hartley

Glass

755

Paul

Eshelman

Ceramics

759

Aletha

Jones

Painting

764

Adam

Crowell

Wood

767

Tim

Brudnicki

Furniture

772

Steve

Uren

Wood

820

Reza

Pishgahi

Sculpture and 3-D Mixed Media

839

Mike

Bose

Ceramics

840

Clifton

Henri

Photography

842

Seth

Katz

Wood

849

Deb

LeAir

Ceramics

850

Steven

Spiro

Wood

868

Angie

Pickman

Mixed Media 2-D

875

 

Art Fair on the Square Overview

As the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s most important annual fundraiser, Art Fair on the Square is the largest event produced by the museum and it generates financial support for the museum’s free exhibitions and education programs. MMoCA is the oldest cultural organization in Madison and this event has been enjoyed for 57 years.

Artists and Artworks

Participation in Art Fair on the Square is highly competitive, with approximately one-in-four applicants accepted through a jury process. Selected artists mainly come from across the United States, yet two exhibitors hail from Canada- and this year one artist will be coming from Argentina. Nearly 20 percent of participating artists will be exhibiting at the fair for the first time.

In addition to selecting participating artists for this year’s fair, jurors will review artists on-site during the fair to select Best of Show winners in each of thirteen categories.

Featured Artist

Angie Pickman, from Lawrence, KS, is a nationally-recognized, cut-paper artist who combines traditional paper cutting with collage to create intricate art and animation. MMoCA selected Pickman as the 2015 Featured Artist, and images of her work, Summer Song, are being used to draw interest in the Art Fair.

Pickman was moved to learn the art of paper cutting in 2003 after seeing The Adventures of Prince Achmed – a cut paper stop-motion silhouette animation from 1926 by Lotte Reiniger. She knew from a very young age that being an artist was her life’s calling, but it took her some time to figure out in which medium this would manifest itself. The traditional forms of artwork taught in school never felt quite right, but when she saw Lotte’s work, something clicked. Pickman, says, “I picked up my craft knife and black paper and never looked back.” “My life philosophy revolves around achieving simplicity, winnowing away at all the things that are not needed so that the individual can be reduced to the rawest, purest being possible. Cutting paper is metaphorical for this – the cutting away of all that is unnecessary to reveal the subject in a simple, bold form.” Summer Song, the featured artwork, will be on display in the silent auction tent over the weekend of the fair.

Art Fair Extras

Art Fair on the Square truly offers something for everyone, with four performance stages; cuisines ranging from Asian dumplings, Greek gyros, and Mediterranean sandwiches, to Wisconsin brats and beer, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free specialties; and a weekend-long schedule of entertainment and art projects for kids. Shoppers can bid on works from hundreds of participating artists at the Silent Auction Tent, and MMoCA members can pause for a cool drink and a massage at the MMoCA Member Oasis.

Silent Auction Tent / Art Fair on the Square shoppers can bid on Angie Pickman’s Summer Song and other works at the Silent Auction Tent. Located at the Wisconsin Avenue intersection of the Capitol Square and a long-standing project of MMoCA Volunteers, the tent features donated works from hundreds of exhibiting artists and all proceeds directly support MMoCA. A visit to the Silent Auction Tent also lets shoppers sample the variety of works available at the fair and determine their personal list of must-see booths.

MMoCA Member Oasis / Members of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art will enjoy a special membership benefit at Art Fair on the Square. The MMoCA Member Oasis, located on East Mifflin Street adjacent to the Silent Auction Tent on Wisconsin Avenue, provides refreshment and relaxation in a stylish setting where members can rest out of the sun, enjoy a massage and a cool drink, and check packages while they shop.

Shoppers who are not museum members can join on the spot. Memberships support the museum’s free programs and exhibitions throughout the year.

The Kids Area / Located at the King Street corner of the Capitol Square, MMoCA invites families to drop by and enjoy games and art projects galore. This year, activities will include garden art, beading, animal mask making, a mixed media magnet project, screen-printing, coloring, button jewelry making, and more.

A related note: While kids are quite welcome at Art Fair on the Square, the Madison Common Council bans dogs at the fair and at the city’s other major street events.

A Weekend of Music and Performance / Fans of music and dance will find another reason to enjoy this year’s Art Fair on the Square. Thirty groups and individuals will perform at this year’s fair, including out-of-town acts such as the Radio Hour’s Chicago Acoustic Showcase, and local favorites such as Madison Contemporary Vision Dance. Visitors can rest and watch performances while enjoying a meal at food courts on State Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, or at the seating area on the Capitol Steps at North Hamilton Street. The student stage at East Washington Avenue will showcase the talent of young classical musicians all weekend.

Sponsors / To date, generous support for Art Fair on the Square has been provided by MINI of Madison, American Transmission Company, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, Pepsi Cola of Madison, Wildwood Productions, Artful Home, Associated Bank, Dines Incorporated, Domain Apartments, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, On the Avenue Marketing, Whole Foods, Wisconsin Lottery, The Century House, Aveda Institute Madison, Econoprint, Powerkeg Web Design, Madison Magazine, Isthmus, Magic 98, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin State Journal, and WKOW TV.

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