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Date of Release: 
Monday, March 26, 2007
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Jennifer Wolf, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator 608-257-0158 x 231

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Out of the Box Show & Auction

Out of the Box Show & Auction
An Art League Fundraiser for MMoCA
April 20-24, 2007

MADISON, WI—The Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) invites the public to a new fundraiser, the Out of the Box Show & Auction, featuring works by artists who have transformed the common box in surprising and delightful ways. Artists from Madison and beyond were challenged to create artworks retaining the functionality of a box. The resulting collection of more than 50 donated boxes will be auctioned April 20-24 to raise funds for the museum's exhibitions and education programs. 

While most participating artists are from Wisconsin, some hail from as far away as California and Hawaii. The donated boxes include: 

• Who is Stealing Paradise? Recalling a traditional Mexican retablo, Sharon Kilfoy's antique tea box holds a detailed scene, complete with Elvis. Kilfoy is a community artist who recently founded the Williamson Street Art Center where she offers art classes. 

• Advice From a Small White Bird  Linda Leighton's ceramic box serves as a pedestal for a little man and tiny white bird. Inside the pedestal drawer are two dice, customized to remind him of the pleasures that enrich his life. Leighton is the founder and owner of Higher Fire Clay Studio. 

• Untitled  Tom Loeser's wood box is painted with carved geometric elements, slightly offset to enhance its appeal. Loeser, whose carved and painted furniture is nationally recognized, is a professor in the UW-Madison School of Education.

• The Softer Side(s) of MMoCA  Aimee Reid-Rice interprets MMoCA's new home in fiber. From its quilted exterior to its photograph-lined interior, this piece is a beautiful commemoration of the museum's architectural presence in downtown Madison. Reid-Rice is a mixed-media artist with a strong foundation in textiles.

• Globalization  Andrew Rubin carved his vision of the world sectioned into corporate quadrants into a pyramid-shaped box. This multi-faceted vision includes big business, global interests, an island getaway, and an unspoiled place. Rubin is a master printer at Tandem Press. 

Boxes may be previewed now at, and will be on display in the museum's State Street Gallery from April 20 to 24. Silent auction bids may also be placed on those days during these hours:

Friday, April 20 • 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday, April 21 • 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday, April 22 • Noon – 5 pm
Monday, April 23 • 11 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, April 24 • 11 am – 5 pm

The gala closing event—including the live auction—will take place on Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30 to 8 pm. Celebrity auctioneer Mitch Henck whose “Outside the Box” radio show airs on WIBA, will entertain guests and accept bids. Attendees will also enjoy the jazz music of Paul Hastil, creative hors d'oeuvres from Fresco, and a cash bar.

Tickets to the live auction on April 24 are $35 and may be purchased online at, by calling the museum at 608.257.0158, or at the door. 
All proceeds from the Out of the Box Show & Auction will support the exhibitions and education programs of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum offers free admission to its exhibitions, as well as an active education program that includes discussions with artists and curators, an independent film series, and a variety of children's programming. The museum depends on support from businesses, foundations, and individuals—including members and volunteers. 

The Art League was established in 1970 to promote the mission and programs of the museum through education, service, and fundraising. Other fundraising events organized by the Art League include the Holiday Art Fair and Art & Architecture tours.

Generous support for the Out of the Box Show & Auction has been provided by Virchow Krause & Co. LLP, and Madison Magazine.

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