ART+ is an event series that offers engaging content and unique networking opportunities. The series uses art as a pivot point to explore a diverse range of topics. Each event features an uncommon pairing of content experts in a discussion on the identified topic, an interactive reception, complimentary hors d’ouevres, and a cash bar.
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The ART+ series is presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and is made possible through the generous support of Johnson Bank.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
ART+Food explored culinary endeavors as artistic pursuits, with a particular dialogue around process, the role of time, elements developed, and creative constraints. The panel featured Laurie Beth Clark and Michael Peterson, UW Art Department faculty and collaborative duo behind Spatula & Barcode, a “social practice art” group whose primary focus is movements of food and food culture; Jonny Hunter and Mel Trudeau, co-founders of Underground Food Collective; and Tory Miller, Executive chef and co-owner of L'Etoile, Graze, Sujeo, and Estrellòn Restaurants.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2016
Presented in conjunction with The Forward Festival
ART+ Code explored the impact and influence of programming, new media and of-the-moment technologies on the work of artists, designers, and front-end developers, and featured panelists
Stephen Hilyard, professor of art at UW-Madison with a focus on digital media practice and theory; Dan Merfeld, founder of TheoryThree Interactive and president of Design Madison; and Kelly Rauwerdink, digital artist and front end-developer for Adorable.io.
Presented in partnership with the Madison Arts Commission
Public art is a way to feature public spaces; increase beauty, value, and overall livability in a community; attract visitors to an area; and pave paths toward long-term, sustainable enhancements of a city’s public places. The ART+ Place panel discussion - featuring artists Brenda Baker, Thomas Ferrella, and Niki Johnson, and City of Madison Arts Program Administrator Karin Wolf – focused on the way public art projects highlight the potential of public spaces and result in transformative placemaking.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015
ART+ Identity featured a dialogue and Q&A on brand identity and visual communications with Sean Mullen, VP and Creative Director at Hiebing, and Nancy Mladenoff, Artist and Professor of Painting and Drawing at UW-Madison. Both speakers address issues of identity in their work each day – Mullen as a branding expert for his corporate clients, and Mladenoff, a highly regarded painter. The engaging conversation included topics such as collective interpretations of visual cues, the challenges of developing a distinctive visual identity, and creating visual communications with meaning.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015
Presented in conjunction with Young at Art, an exhibition celebrating the achievements of Madison's many talented young artists, the ART+ Learning dialogue featured Jennifer Cheatham, Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent, and Aaron Olver, Managing Director of University Research Park. Cheatham and Olver discussed the role of arts education, the need for creative exploration to initiate innovation, and the benefits of these to creating a dynamic business environment and strong economy. The event was profiled by The Capital Times.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015
ART+ Geopolitics featured Narayan Mahon, an internationally acclaimed photographer who artfully explored five unrecognized countries in Narayan Mahon: Lands in Limbo; and Robert Kaiser, a professor in the Geography Department at UW-Madison, specializing in the intersection of cultural and political geographies.