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Date of Release: 
Friday, June 3, 2011
Contact Info: 

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information     
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Annik Dupaty, Director of Events
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Art Fair on the Square 2011

Art Fair on the Square 2011
Saturday, July 9  ·  9 am–6 pm 
Sunday, July 10  ·  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 nationally respected, can't-miss-it, summertime destination for approximately 200,000 Madison-area art lovers each year. The present-day version of the fair features music, entertainment, and outdoor dining, as well as more than 450 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and accessories, and fine craft. This year's event--the 53rd annual summer art fair organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art--returns to the Capitol Square on Saturday, July 9 (9 am–6 pm) and Sunday, July 10 (10 am–5 pm).
With three performance stages; menus ranging from brats, gyros, and fajitas to fresh fruit smoothies; and a weekend-long schedule of entertainment and art projects for kids, Art Fair on the Square truly offers something for everyone. And as always, original artworks are the heart of the fair. 

Artists and Artworks

A regular on Sunshine Artist magazine’s list of top-twenty fairs across the country, Art Fair on the Square has grown increasingly competitive in recent years. This year’s fair will present approximately 450 artists chosen from a pool of 1,650 applicants. Selected artists come from across the country, and nearly 30 percent will be exhibiting at the fair for the first time. 
Jurors for this year’s fair were Susan Gardels, artist/writer, and artist services manager with The Guild/Artful Home; Robert Tarrell, professor of art at Edgewood College; Evelyn Patricia Terry, artist, curator, and blog contributor for Portal Wisconsin; and Freida High Wasikhongo Tesfagiorgis, artist and Evjue-Bascom Professor of African-American and African Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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 twelve categories.
Artists chosen for Best of Show awards in 2010 who will be returning to this year’s fair are Matthew Hatala (wood); Janice Ho (jewelry); Bruce Hustad (painting); Richard Judd (furniture); James LaCasse (metal); Natalia Margulis (fiber); Emerson Matabele (photography); Grant Silverstein (prints, graphics, and drawing); and Mark Winter (sculpture and 3D mixed media).
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, when 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. As always, a program booklet listing participating artists and their locations on the Capitol Square will be bound into the July issue of Madison Magazine; copies of the booklet will also be available at the fair.

Featured Artwork

Daryl Thetford, featured artist at this year’s Art Fair on the Square, creates compelling photographs and photographic collages. His works have been featured in exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and are included in important private, public, and corporate collections. His photo collage Madison Bike Lane is featured in this year’s Art Fair on the Square posters, t-shirts, and other event-related materials. 
Silent Auction Tent

Shoppers who wish to support MMoCA’s free-admissions policy--while perhaps finding a bargain in the process--can bid on Madison Bike Lane and many other artworks at the Silent Auction Tent. Located at the Wisconsin Avenue intersection of the Capitol Square, the tent features donated works from hundreds of exhibiting artists. 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. 
The Silent Auction Tent is a project of MMoCA Volunteers, the museum’s auxiliary group.
Collectors’ Breakfast

MMoCA’s annual Collectors’ Breakfast is the perfect kick-off for a day of savvy shopping at Art Fair on the Square. This year’s breakfast will take place at Fresco, the museum’s rooftop restaurant, beginning at 8 am on Saturday, July 9. The breakfast will feature a richly illustrated presentation by Linda Brazill and Mark Golbach, whose eclectic collections encompass many mediums, cultures, and time periods. Reservations are $20 for MMoCA members, $25 for non-members. In addition to the breakfast and presentation, guests will receive an “Insider’s Guide to Art Fair on the Square” and coupons for a complimentary beverage and brat from the fair. Interested parties can call the museum at 608.257.0158 for more information and reservations; the reservation deadline is July 8.

MMoCA Member Oasis

Members of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art will have the opportunity to enjoy a special membership benefit at Art Fair on the Square. The MMoCA Member Oasis, located on E. Mifflin Street adjacent to the Silent Auction Tent on Wisconsin Avenue, provides a pleasant setting where members can relax away from the sun, enjoy a massage and a cool drink, and stow 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 Oasis is sponsored by The Century House and Rejuvenation Spa. 

A Weekend of Music and Performance

Over the years, music and dance have become a major focus of Art Fair on the Square. This year’s fair features performance stages sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio and Triple M. Thirty 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 9
Wisconsin Public Radio Stage
(State Street at the Capitol Square)
9:30-10:30       New Muse
11:00-12:00     Joe Griffin
12:30-1:30       Down From the Hills
2:00-3:00         Caitlin Timmins
3:30-4:30         Mark Kreitzer Band
5:00-6:00         Abstract Giants
Triple M Music Stage 
(Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)
9:30-10:30       Salaam Shalom with Irisee
11:00-12:00     Ryan Mauer & The Angry Fix
12:30-1:30       The Full Watts
2:00-3:00         Elias Tyron
3:30-4:30         TBA
5:00-6:00         The Druthers
North Hamilton Performance Stage 
(Capitol Steps at North Hamilton Street)
9:30-10:30       Italian Folk Dancers of Madison                     
11:00-12:00     Kehl School of Dance             
12:30-1:30       Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Company                     
2:00-3:00         Trinity Irish Dancers               
3:30-4:30         Monona Academy of Dance/Dance Wisconsin                                  
Performance Schedule / Sunday, July 10
Wisconsin Public Radio Stage
(State Street at the Capitol Square)
10:00-11:00     All That Jazz Big Band
11:30-12:30     Paul LeFeber Band
1:00-2:00         Greg Herriges Whirled Music
2:30-3:30         Twang Dragons
4:00-5:00         Canon Ball
Triple M Music Stage 
(Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)
10:00-11:00     Bascom Hill
11:30-12:30     Patchouli
1:00-2:00         The Locals
2:30-3:30         The Big Strong Men
4:00-5:00         Silent Agency
North Hamilton Performance Stage 
(Capitol Steps at North Hamilton Street)
10:00-11:00     Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Company                     
11:30-12:30     Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance Co.                      
1:00-2:00         Accompany of Kids                 
2:30-3:30         Monona Academy of Dance/Dance Wisconsin                      
4:00-5:00         TBA    

A Robust Kids’ Area

Kids are front and center at Art Fair on the Square’s Kids Area, located at the King Street corner of the Capitol Square. Games, contests, and art projects galore include:  

  • an Art Project Tent featuring make-your-own picture frames, screen-printing, and art fair coloring sheets;
  • face painting;
  • an Instrument Petting Zoo organized by Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.


Generous support for the 2011 Art Fair on the Square has been provided by Kashi Real Tour, a natural partnership with Burt's Bees; American Transmission Company; Associated Bank; The Century House; Pepsi Cola of Madison; Wildwood Productions; Dines Incorporated; On The Avenue Marketing; The QTI Group; Rejuvenation Spa; Wisconsin Lottery; Isthmus/; Madison Magazine; Triple M; Wisconsin Public Radio; Wisconsin State Journal; and WKOW Madison.
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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