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Date of Release: 
Friday, June 5, 2009
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Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information
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Katie Hunter, Art Fair on the Square Coordinator
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Art Fair on the Square 2009

Art Fair on the Square 2009
Saturday, July 11  • 9 am–6 pm 
Sunday, July 12 • 10 am–5 pm
MADISON, WI – Since its first appearance as a sleepy sidewalk sale in 1959, Art Fair on the Square has grown into a can't-miss-it summertime destination for approximately 200,000 visitors each year. The present-day version of the fair features music, entertainment, and outdoor dining, as well as nearly 500 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and accessories, ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, and wood. This year's event--the 51st annual summer art fair organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art--returns to Madison's Capitol Square on July 11 (9 am–6 pm ) and 12 (10 am–5 pm).
With three performance stages, menus ranging from brats to gyros and empanadas to root beer floats, and a weekend-long schedule of entertainment and art projects for kids, the fair truly offers something for everyone. And as always, original artworks are the heart of the fair. 
Artists and Artworks
Artists from 34 states were selected for this year's fair by a jury of art professionals who evaluated more than 1,450 applicants. This year's jurors are Hanna Cook-Wallace, jeweler and owner of Studio Jewelers, Madison; Melanie Herzog, professor of art history at Edgewood College, Madison; Annik Novelle DuPaty, art marketing consultant and former director of Guild Sourcebooks; and Christina West, studio artist and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jurors will also evaluate artworks during the fair to select the 2009 Best of Show winners. 
Eleven artists chosen for Best of Show awards in 2008 will be returning to this year's fair. These artists include: Jim Arnold (Metals);  Jennifer Chin (Jewelry);  Leah Dziewit (Fiber / Leather);  Delores Fortuna (Ceramics);  Dehanna Jones (Glass);  Steven Kozar (Painting);  Jay Long (2D Mixed Media);  Lance Munn (Wood);  Steven Pflipsen (Sculpture);  Steve Terlizzese (3D Mixed Media);  Philip Thompson (Graphics). 
Works by these and other participating artists may be viewed on the museum's website, (click Events/Art Fair on the Square/Artists). Images are organized by medium and linked to artists' websites, where available. The site also shows an Art Fair on the Square map that allows shoppers to locate their favorite artists' booths in advance of the fair.
A program booklet for the fair will be bound into the July issue of Madison Magazine. The booklet will include a map identifying the location of individual artist booths, photographs of selected artworks, and performance schedules. Copies of the booklet will also be available to shoppers at the fair.
Featured Artwork and Silent Auction Tent
Madison-based artist Nick Wroblewski, featured artists at the 2009 Art Fair on the Square, specializes in colored woodblock prints featuring stylized landscapes, flowers, and other natural elements. As the fair's featured artist, Wroblewski was commissioned to create a print to be used in promoting the fair. Elements of the print, titled Waterline Meets Skyline, are featured on the fair's promotional posters and program booklet, and on t-shirts available for purchase at the fair. 
Wroblewski's original print will be among the items available to the highest bidder at the Silent Auction Tent, an annual project of the Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The tent, located at the Wisconsin Avenue intersection of the Capitol Square, features donated works from many exhibiting artists. Revenue from the Silent Auction Tent supports the museum's free exhibitions and education programs, so shoppers can support the museum­and perhaps find a bargain in the process.
A Weekend of Music and Dance
Over the years, music and dance have become a major focus of Art Fair on the Square. This year's event features performance stages at State Street (sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio), Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (sponsored by Triple M), and North Hamilton Street (sponsored by Taco Bell). Twenty-nine groups and individuals will perform at this year's fair, including out-of-town acts and home-town favorites. Visitors can rest and watch performances while enjoying a meal at food courts on State Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.  
Performance Schedule / Saturday, July 11

State Street WPR Stage
9:30–10:30      The Nefrons 
11:00–12:00    Todd Lorenz 
12:30–1:30      King Cruiser 
2:00–3:00        Abstract Giants 
3:30–4:30        Doko Benjo 
5:00–6:00        Kingfinger 
MLK Triple M Music Stage
9:30–10:30      Steve Suvada 
11:00–12:00    The Paul LeFeber Band
12:30–1:30      Mark Croft 
2:00–3:00        The Radio Hour 
3:30–4:30        Selfish Gene 
5:00–6:00        The Locals 
Capitol Steps Taco Bell Stage
9:30–10:30      Italian Folk Dancers
11:00–12:00    West Bend Tumbling Troupe
12:30–1:30      Kehl School of Dance
2:00–3:00        Madison Professional Dance Center
3:30–4:30        Trinity Irish Dancers
5:00–6:00        Kanopy Dance Company
Performance Schedule / Sunday, July 12
State Street WPR Stage
10:00–11:00    All That Jazz Big Band
11:30–12:30    Sean Michael Dargan Band
1:00–2:00        Salaam Shalom 
2:30–3:30        Highway to Heaven Gospel Project
4:00–5:00        Dizastro 
MLK Triple M Stage
10:00–11:00    Mad Fusion 
11:30–12:30    Ryan Mauer 
1:00–2:00        Natty Nation 
2:30–3:30        Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo
4:00–5:00        Vibe Syndicate 
Capitol Steps Taco Bell Stage
10:00–10:30    Oak Apple Morris Dance Group
10:30–11:00    Mad City Tango
11:30–12:30    Tania Tandias Flamenco and Spanish Dance
1:00–2:00        Monona Academy of Dance
4:00–5:00        Accompany of Kids 
A Robust Kids' Area
Once again, Art Fair on the Square will feature extensive activities for kids and families. The Jump and Shout Kids' Area, located at the King Street corner of the Capitol Square, will keep kids entertained with games, contests, and art projects galore, including:

  • An Art Project Tent featuring make-your-own picture frames and art fair coloring sheets;
  • balloon animals
  • face painting;
  • Hula Hoop contests;
  • A toddler area featuring a rubber duck pond and parachute play; and
  • A “Dragon 4-in-1 Inflatable Bouncer” with areas for jumping and climbing, an obstacle course, and a slide.

An Environmentally Friendly Fair
The 2009 Art Fair on the Square will also continue recent initiatives designed to highlight sound conservation practices while reducing the event's environmental impact. 

“Working Bikes” Bicycle Drive and Demonstration
Working Bikes Cooperative ( is a Chicago-based nonprofit that diverts bicycles from the waste stream and repairs them for sale and charity. At Art Fair on the Square, Working Bikes will be accepting donations of used bikes, to be refurbished and shipped to developing and Third World countries for transportation or as a power source. Working Bikes will demonstrate this capacity during the fair by showcasing a water fountain powered entirely by “pedal power.”

Isthmus Bike Corral
In an effort to minimize energy used in transportation to and from the Square, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Isthmus| urge visitors to hike, bike, or bus to the fair. Those who arrive by bike are invited to use the Isthmus Bike Corral, located at the intersection of King Street and the Capitol Square. Bikes in the corral will be monitored for safekeeping. 
Go Green Challenge
Once again, artists exhibiting at Art Fair on the Square have been invited to participate in a Go Green Challenge. Participating artists will display one or more artworks related to the theme of “art in motion”; each work must be constructed entirely of recycled materials. Art Fair jurors will evaluate the works and choose a winning artist, who will be invited to participate in next year's fair free-of-charge. Approximately 40 art fair exhibitors plan to participate in the challenge, with artworks ranging from a jacket made with recycled vintage tablecloths to mixed-media works framed with wood once used in older buildings. 
Generous support for Art Fair on the Square has been provided by Burt's Bees; Johnson Bank; The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times; Jump and Shout; Madison Gas and Electric; Pepsi of Madison; Associated Bank; Wildwood Productions; Dines, Inc;; Taco Bell; Wisconsin Lottery; Whole Foods; Stoddard's Meat Market; Madison Magazine; Triple M; Wisconsin Public Radio; WKOW TV; American Style; and Isthmus 
Art Fair on the Square is organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and is the museum's most important annual fundraiser. Revenue from the fair supports the museum's free exhibitions and education programs year round.

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