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Artists for 2013 Wisconsin Triennial Announced

Artists for 2013 Wisconsin Triennial Announced

the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art will present the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial

September 21, 2013–January 5, 2014


MADISON, WI—The 2013 Wisconsin Triennial, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s survey of art statewide, will feature works by 35 individual artists and five pairs of artists working in collaboration. The curatorial staff of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) selected new bodies of work by established and emerging artists through a rigorous review process, organizing an exhibition that will provide audiences with a compelling and vibrant experience.

This year's Triennial will open with a reception beginning at 6 pm on Friday, September 20, and will be on view in the museum's lobby, State Street Gallery, New Media Gallery, and main galleries through January 5, 2014. A cornerstone of MMoCA's exhibition programming, the Triennial captures the richness and variety of artistic practice across the state and showcases emergent trends that speak to the spirit of the larger contemporary art world.

The 2013 Triennial will feature several site-specific sculptures and installations constructed at the museum, as well as completed works transported from artists’ studios. Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and video are among the media represented, with exhibiting artists employing diverse approaches to process and content. The included artworks will address topical issues such as politics and environmentalism, the staging of social and cultural identity, and the proliferation of information systems and digital communications—all hallmarks of artistic concerns in the 21st century.


Artists participating in the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial:

Robert Atwell (Menomonie), painting 

Paul Baker Prindle (Milwaukee), photography

Michael Beitz (Oshkosh), wood and sculpture

Justin Bitner (Madison), multimedia installation

Tyanna Buie (Milwaukee), printmaking

Derrick Buisch (Madison), painting

James Cagle (Sturgeon Bay), photography

Jill H. Casid (Madison), photography

Tony Conrad (Appleton), painting

Carl Corey (Hudson), photography

Santiago Cucullu (Milwaukee), site-specific multimedia installation

Kristy Deetz (De Pere), painting

Sarah FitzSimons (Madison), textiles and sculpture

Teresa Getty (Fitchburg), painting

Lisa Gralnick (Madison), ceramic sculpture

Benjamin Grant (Madison), painting

Kimberly Greene (Kenosha), ceramic sculpture

Stephen Hilyard (Madison), photography and video

John Hitchcock (Madison), printmaking

Chele Isaac (Madison), multimedia installation

Richard Knight (Milwaukee), site-specific installation  

Debbie Kupinsky and Craig Clifford (Appleton), ceramic and found object installation

Ash Kyrie (Argyle), photography and installation

Gina Litherland (Cedarburg), painting

Thomas Loeser and Bird Ross (Madison), wood sculpture

Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg (Milwaukee), photography and video

Kevin Miyazaki (Wauwatosa), photography and art book

Nancy Mladenoff (Madison), painting

Charles Munch (Lone Rock), painting

Jill Olm (Eau Claire), drawing

Gabriel Pionkowski (Madison), painting and textiles

Paul Sacaridiz (Madison), ceramic and mixed-media sculpture

Shimon and Lindemann (Appleton), photography

Spatula&Barcode (Madison), performance

Fred Stonehouse (Slinger), painting 

José Carlos Teixeira (Madison), video and performance

Lynn Tomaszewski (Milwaukee), interactive multimedia installation

Jason Vaughn (Madison), photography

Eddie Villanueva (Milwaukee), site specific mixed media installation

Jason S. Yi (Milwaukee), sculpture

The jury process involved a careful review of material submitted by more than 530 artists, followed by visits to 113 artist studios across the state. The MMoCA curatorial team, consisting of curator Richard Axsom, curator of education Sheri Castelnuovo, director Stephen Fleischman, and associate curator Leah Kolb, selected 35 individual artists and five pairs of artists for inclusion in the exhibition.

While some exhibiting artists are native to the Midwest, others were born as far away as Portugal, Korea, or Argentina, and have chosen to make Wisconsin their home. Approximately half are participating in the Triennial for the first time, with the final roster including a diverse mix of artists at all points in their careers, from professional artists with national reputations to emerging graduate students.



Among the distinctive works that will be on view in this year's Triennial:

Tyanna Buie’s mixed-media prints are portraits of members of her family. Although they serve as deeply personal memorials to her complicated childhood, Buie’s works-on-paper are universally resonant as mediations on memory, history, and familial loss.

James Cagel documented the demolition of the Portland Cement Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, a once proud but now decaying monument to the city’s industrial past. Suggestive of time’s passage, Cagel’s photographs also function as purely formal explorations: the interaction of colors, shapes, and textures create dense abstract compositions.

Kimberly Greene’s jewel-toned “bricks” are hand crafted in porcelain and, when arranged as interlocking forms, create three-dimensional floral patterns. Inspired by masonry and other building blocks of construction, Greene ultimately undermines the functionality of her brickwork through the playful use of curvaceous shapes and positive and negative space. She fuses ideas rooted in architecture and utility with the more ornamental concerns of pattern and décor.

In his Chemically Wasted series, John Hitchcock depicts the stylized skulls of buffalo, horses, deer, and other wild fauna. The animal heads, which can be linked to Native American mythology, ceremonial dances, and the other aspects of the artist’s Kiowa/Comanche heritage, are metaphors for life and death. Reflecting on communities dislocated and disrupted by war and genocide, Hitchcock enlists the print medium to critique social and political systems.

Although her artwork has been often aligned with the conventions of Midwest surrealism and magic realism, Gina Litherland also draws inspiration from European Gothic painting. Litherland’s meticulously rendered and inventive paintings are replete with symbols firmly grounded in the history of art, as she continues to explore age-old themes with contemporary resonance.  

Charles Munch uses strong shapes, bright colors, and bold lines to render quintessentially Midwestern scenes. With an overarching concern for the ongoing destruction of our environment, Munch’s paintings read as thoughtful reflections on the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Fred Stonehouse populates his canvases with mythical creatures, religious symbolism, and biographical anecdotes. Rife with both satire and despair, his painted world is at once a fantastical dreamscape and a prescient exploration of the human experience and its attendant charms and disillusions.

Jason Yi will create a site-specific installation in MMoCA’s galleries using orange plastic fencing. Although he constructs installations from discarded and man-made objects, Yi’s work alludes to earthly phenomena—most frequently, to mountains and other rocky formations. In using unexpected, utilitarian material to build awe-inspiring sculptures that mimic the natural landscape, Yi plays with viewers’ expectations and creates momentary slips between visual perception and intellectual reality.



The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is offering many opportunities for audiences to engage with the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial, beyond simply viewing the exhibition at the museum. A multi-faceted on-line experience will be available, as will many artist talks in Madison and around the state.

The schedule of lectures, to-date:

  • September 16, lecture by Carl Corey, cosponsored by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Art Department to be held in River Falls,
  • September 26, 12:30 pm, Gallery Talk with John Hitchcock to be held at MMoCA,
  • October 3, 12:30 pm, Gallery Talk with Kimberly Greene to be held at MMoCA,
  • October 7, 4:45 pm, Debbie Kupinsky and Craig Clifford; lecture co-sponsored by Lawrence University Art and Art History Department to be held in Appleton,
  • October 11, 6:30 pm, Gallery Talk with Michael Beitz to be held at MMoCA,
  • October 25, 6:30 pm, Gallery Talk with Sarah FitzSimons to be held at MMoCA,
  • November 7, 12:30, Gallery Talk with Kevin Miyazaki to be held at MMoCA,
  • November 8, 6:30 pm, Gallery Talk with Paul Baker Prindle to be held at MMoCA,
  • November 14, 12:30 pm, Gallery Talk with Chele Isaac to be held at MMoCA,
  • a panel discussion with several Triennial artists, cosponsored by the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, will take place in Milwaukee with a details soon to be announced.


The 2013 Wisconsin Triennial is supported in part by a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The lead corporate sponsor of the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial is BMO Harris Bank.

Additional generous support has been provided by the David and Paula Kraemer Fund; J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.; Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale; the Terry Family Foundation; Potter Lawson, Inc.; Smith & Gesteland, LLP; the Madison Arts Commission with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board; a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; and MMoCA Volunteers.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Hours at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are Tuesday–Thursday (noon–5 pm); Friday (noon–8 pm); Saturday (10 am–8 pm); and Sunday (noon–5 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays. 

Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. MMoCA is supported through memberships and through generous contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, agencies, and foundations. Important support is also generated through auxiliary group programs; special events; rental of the museum’s lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop garden; and sales through the Museum Store.

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