ART+

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 content experts in a discussion on the identified topic, an interactive reception, and a cash bar.

Previous ART+ events have included:

ART+ MASS
Monday, August 21, 2017

ART+ Mass offered a dialogue on art as a lens and tool for exploring and documenting new discoveries in particle physics with a panel featuring artist Sonja Thomsen, whose immersive MMoCA lobby installation transforms a viewer's encounters with light, space, time, and movement; and Professor Wesley H. Smith, Bjorn Wiik Professor of Physics at UW-Madison, who has been deeply involved in work on the Large Hedron Collidor used to discover the Higgs boson particle, believed to be responsible for giving matter mass and shaping the very early universe.

ART+ Mass was generously sponosred by Perkins Coie LLP, and was held in conjuction with the 2017 Forward Fest.

            

ART+ SHE STARTED IT
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
 

MMoCA presented ART+ She Started It in collaboration with Ellevate Madison. This event featured a screening of She Started It, an award-winning documentary following five passionate young women who strive to compete in the tech world. Following the screening, a panel discussion on catalyzing female entrepreneurship in Madison featured Dr. Amy Gannon, co-founder of the Doyenne Group; Simone Doing, artist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of CSArt; and Winnie Karanja, founder Maydm. ART+ She Started It was generously sponsored by Zendesk and Perkins Coie LLP.

ART+ FOOD
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. 

ART+ CODE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2016

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 conjunction with the 2016 Forward Festival  
 
ART+ PLACE
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016

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.

ART+ IDENTITY
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.

ART+ LEARNING
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.

ART+ GEOPOLITICS
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.