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Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
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Friday, October 5 • 5–9 PM
After Party at MMoCA • 9–11 pm

MADISON, WI—On Friday, October 5, Gallery Night will be celebrated at 65 venues as lovers of art, culture, and community flow into galleries, museums, coffee shops, restaurants, and other local businesses to enjoy a community-wide night out like none other.  Held each spring and fall, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s
Gallery Night celebrates its 30th anniversary this fall. Gallery Night provides a dynamic evening packed with performances, receptions, artist talks, art-making demonstrations, and live music. Gallery Night is from 5 to 9 pm and culminates in a celebratory After Party in the beautiful lobby of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) at 227 State Street, from 9 to 11 pm.

“As the community has grown, so has its love and appreciation for art and culture,” stated Stephen Fleischman, MMoCA director. “In the past 30 years, Gallery Night has become a beloved city-wide event, a unique occasion, bringing people out to connect with artists, artwork, and each other.”

Whether in favorite neighborhood spots or elegant spaces downtown, individuals can experience works by local, national, and international artists. Highlights for this fall include:

  • Four exhibitions are on view at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Additionally, MMoCA offers a gallery talk by Michael J. McClure on Joel Shapiro: The Bronzes at 6:30 and the After Party 9–11 pm.
  • The MMoCA Museum Store hosts a special Featured Artist Event with Scott Simmons’ blown glass works.
  • New, beautiful, and functional work created by local artists available as Midwest Clay Project exhibits ceramics by a selection of studio members.
  • Higher Fire Clay Studio celebrates their 20th anniversary this year. Owner Linda Leighton was a member of the Madison Art Center’s volunteer Art Partners back in 1988 and helped create Gallery Night.
  • Anthology will host a grand re-opening in their new space at 230 State Street.
  • Carefully crafted beverages pair with perusing art at Working Draft Beer Company, State Line Distillery, Dégoba Spirits, and Old Sugar Distillery.
  • The newly opened Spark Building ready for exploration as StartingBlock hosts ArtDeckCo.
  • New participants include The Tin Fox, Megna Painting, American Feral, Robinia Courtyard, Bandung, and Capital Joinery. 

To help visitors plan their Gallery Night excursions, an electronic map of participating venues can be found at The printed guide to Gallery Night, with details about offerings and locations, may be picked up free of charge at participating establishments. 

A map and list of Gallery Night participants will also be available in the October 5 edition of Isthmus.


MMoCA’s Gallery Night After Party

Friday, October 5 •  9-11 pm  •  MMoCA Lobby

After exploring Madison’s vibrant art scene, art-lovers are encouraged to come to the MMoCA After Party from 9-11 pm in the MMoCA Lobby. With a dance party atmosphere created by DJ Millbot, art-making, artisanal pizza samples from The Roman Candle, as well as other snacks and a cash bar, this once-a-year party is not to be missed. As a bonus, MMoCA’s galleries will be open late so that attendees can explore the museum’s newest exhibitions.

Admission to the Gallery Night After Party is free for members and $5 for the general public.

The Gallery Night After Party is sponsored by Design Concepts. Media support is provided by Isthmus.


The Stats: Then and Now

Then: The first event was held on October 28, 1988

Now: Held twice a year (typically on the first Fridays of May and October)

Then: Originally named “Gallery Walk” in 1988; changed to Downtown Gallery Night in 1991; “Downtown” dropped in 1996 to reflect the growth of the event across the city

Now: The name Gallery Night has stuck for 22 years!

Then: Just six art venues participated in 1988, with five additional restaurant sponsors. All venues were within six blocks on State Street.

Now: Between 55 and 70 diverse venues participate in each event, with65 signed up for October 2018, each showing original artwork. Locations range across Madison and into neighboring communities such as Waunakee. 

Then: Gallery Night was originally organized by members of Art Partners, a volunteer interest group of what was at the time the Madison Art Center (now the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art)

Now: Gallery Night is coordinated by MMoCA staff. The Madison Art Center was officially renamed the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in 2006. The Art Partners group is now MMoCA Volunteers.


Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli-designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The museum’s four galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday through Thursday, noon–5 pm; Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm; and is closed on Mondays.



Gallery Night, Fall 2018 Participants

R – Refreshments       A - Artist Talk or Demonstration      M - Live Music 


1     Calming Grounds
3866 Johns St • 608.729.3389 • Facebook: Calming Grounds

We are excited to feature four artists: Josh Kandiko, a designer and creator of fine artistic wooden furniture, Kira Milanich who creates functional, beautiful pottery for everyday use, Maren Anderson, an accomplished quilter and creator of traditional and modern textiles and Terri Messinides a 2-D and 3-D handmade paper artist who explores and integrates the nature of memory. Join us for this unique event! R

2    Capital Joinery
3223 Burke Ave • 608.556.0306 • Facebook: PaulaCooper365

Photographer Paula Cooper’s 365/Thousands of Snaps exhibit pairs with fine furniture maker Chris Jungbluth at Capital Joinery. Portion of proceeds goes to Clean Lakes Alliance. R

3    Tandem Press
1743 Commercial Ave • 608.263.3437 •

Opening reception for Nights & Weekends, a group exhibition by Tandem Press staff. Enjoy the first concert in the 2018-2019 Friday Jazz Series. Studio tour. Refreshments. 5-8 PM. R A M

4    The Gallery at Access Wisconsin
1113 Stephenson Lane, Waunakee •

Timestacking photographer Mark Weller and sculptor Aaron Laux collaborate on art that represents the subtle colors of nature contrasted with the bold contours of timber. R A

5    VSA Wisconsin
1709 Aberg Ave, #1 • 608.241.2131 •

CONVERGENCE: A Mentor Mentee Exhibit Two styles of Abstract Art featuring Pita Daniel and Julius Trees-Parrish’s explorations within Abstract Expressionism along with additional artist’s works. R


1     100state
316 W Washington Ave #675 • 262.353.6437 •

Join us for a night of art and good times! Our space will be filled with prints and paintings from only local artists. Expect live music, food, drinks, live artwork, and a performer! R A M

2    Anthology
230 State St • 608.204.2644 •

Please come for our grand re-opening in a NEW space! See our original Wisconsin-themed designs and enjoy works by over 100 local and regional artists. R

3    Artist & Craftsman Supply
203 W Gorham St #1 • 608.251.2977 •

Stop in for our Gallery Night exhibition featuring artwork by Artist & Craftsman Supply customers and employees.

4    Capitol Lakes
333 W Main St •

Tim Mulcahy: Photographs - Chrysopocia and the Art of Alchemy. Presentation and reception at 7:00 pm. Also featuring a solo exhibition of paintings by Emily Arthur. R A

5    Fair Trade Coffee House
418 State St • 608.268.0477 •

Jan Norsetter, painter; Mary Wright, multi-media portraits; Daniel Constien, encaustic photography; Ben Boyce, watercolorist and illustrator; Charlie Painter, jazz guitarist. M

6    Garver Gallery
18 S Bedford St • 608.256.6755 •

Gregg Kreutz: New Paintings Oct 5 to Nov 3, 2018. The artist will be here on Gallery Night with new paintings. Opening reception, 6-8 pm. R A

7    James Watrous Gallery
201 State St • 608.265.2500 •

The James Watrous Gallery is a place to explore and learn about contemporary art in Wisconsin. We strive to create a welcoming environment that encourages engagement and inquiry.

8    Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State St • 608.257.0158 •

Visit the four exhibitions on view in our galleries and join a gallery talk on Joel Shapiro: The Bronzes. Stay for the After Party 9–11 pm. R M

9    Madison Public Library
201 W Mifflin St • 608.266.5975 •

Join us for dynamic exhibitions featuring work by Guzzo Pinc, Emily Lewis, and Las Hormingas Bordadoras. Hands on activities led by the current artist-in-residence, Jacki Whisenant. R A

10  Madison Senior Center
330 W Mifflin St • 608.266.6581 •

Our exhibit features local talent by folks age 55+. All artists are participants in our annual Artful Affair. R

11    MMoCA Museum Store
227 State St • 608.257.3222 •

Join us for a trunk show at MMoCA’s Museum Store! Featuring blown glass by Scott Simmons from Belleville, WI. 4-9 pm.

12   Overture Center
201 State St • 608.258.4169 •

Gallery I: 10th Biennial PhotoMidwest Exhibition. Gallery II: Studies in Stone, Ice and Memory. Gallery III: Two Selves: Explorations of Personal Experience. Playhouse: Sanctuary—Environmental Land Art at the Farley Center. R A



1     American Feral
2150 E Washington Ave • 608.770.1840

Fantasy and animal based drawings, wood and metal sculptures by Jacob Furnald. Abstract future based oil paintings by Jason Levy. Portraits and other paintings by Philip Salamone. R A

2    Bandung Indonesian Restaurant
600 Williamson St, Ste M • 608.255.6910 •

INDULGE! Featuring the art of Julia Bedford and Momentum Art Tech. Enjoy music from DJ Diva D, with guest DJ The Hermit. R M

3    CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts
849 E Washington Ave #212 • 608.433.9339 •

Encaustic paintings by Chicago-based artist, Marissa Voytenko. Sketchbooks by local artist and graphic designer, David Zentner. R

4    Creative Energy Designs
125 S. Dickinson St • 608.256.7696 •

Watercolors and photography by Paul W Mason. Paintings and sculptures by Tsela Barr. Oil on canvas by Rich Matheson. Acrylic on canvas by Frank Matin. Bags by Monica. Refreshments and live jazz. R A M

5    Fuegos
904 Williamson St • 608.229.692 •

Fuegos will be featuring works by local artists. Offering special priced items for purchase including tapas, margaritas, and sangrias. Vegan options available. R

 6   Hatch Art House
1248 Williamson St • 608.237.2775 •

Ceramics showcase with JD Wolfe, Jenny Blasen, and Madeleine Parker. Hatch is an eco-friendly art gallery and gift shop celebrating our local creative makers and artists. R A

7    Madison Greenhouse Store
1354 Williamson St • 608.819.8822 •

Ceramics by Zach Zitske and Arielle Harmann. Blown glass by Josh McKiernan. Metal by Tim Sprengelmeyer. Paintings and prints by Beth Galantha and Tiffany Olson. R

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9    Old Sugar Distillery
931 E Main St • 608.260.0812 •

3-D sculpture-like mixed media works by 4 Elements Designs. Price range to fit any budget. All are “statement” pieces... a wow factor! Sign up for drawing! R A

10  Pieces Unimagined
1228 Williamson St • 608.280.1155 •

From furniture to jewelry, food and drink...we are all things local tonight! Wine tastings from Table Wine and Bos Meadery. Live music by Old Oaks and talk by Natalie Ergas, collage artist. R A

11    Robinia Courtyard 
829 E Washington Ave • 608.478.0181

Four artists represented in Jardin, Black Locust Cafe, Robinia Commons and Robinia Courtyard - Will Turnbull, Nir Sweetnam, and more! R A M

12   Spark Building 
821 E Washington Ave #301 •

ArtDeckCo will display over 300 original works of art on skateboards from artists all over the world, and feature over 20 local artists, DJs, and more. This will be the first Madison show, originating out of Portland, OR. R A M

13   State Line Distillery 
1413 Northern Ct • 608.240.0099

Wisconsin’s newest grain-to-glass distillery and cocktail lounge featuring vodka, gin, and craft cocktails. Gather around the table, the back patio, or the bar and enjoy a different kind of cocktail experience. R A

14   Willy Street Treasure Shop
1370 Williamson St

Local artists. Featuring Jamie Anderson’s kinetic fine metal work, jewelry, and wearable containers. R

15   Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
754 Williamson St • 608.255.1166 •

Featuring exquisite works by artists who are blind or visually impaired. Gallery talk, refreshments, and live music included. R A M

16   Working Draft Beer Company 
1129 E Wilson St • 608.709.5600 •

Explore the little worlds of Chris Klinge’s photographs, installed throughout the taproom, and create custom coasters with Chroma Press! A



1     Arts + Literature Laboratory
2021 Winnebago St • 608.556.7415 •

Women Against Hate, United By Love: Kelly Parks Snider, Rachael Griffin, and Leigh Garcia showcase powerful stories of Wisconsin women impacted by bigotry, intolerance, and racism. R A

2    Bare Knuckle Arts
1949 Winnebago St • 608.852.1948 •

Go ahead, touch the art. Kinetic art and automatons by various artists. Come play, have fun, and be mesmerized. Also see abstract mixed media by Amy Mietzel. R

3    Barriques–Atwood
2166 Atwood Ave • 608.286.1500 •

Our featured artist is Melissa Jenkins. Melissa makes crafted jewelry, weavings, and fiber designs in Madison; she will do a weaving demo. We will also feature the works of several other talented local artists. R A

4    Dégoba Spirits
2334 Atwood Ave • 608.467.6713 •

A night of local music with craft spirits and cocktail sampling. R M

5    Eyeopia
2134 Atwood Ave • 608.316.7999 •

Grand Eyewear Sale. Art by Gary Scott. Photography by Javier Guerrero. R A

6    Goodman Community Center–Brassworks Building
214 Waubesa St • 608.241.1574 •

Stop by to see more than 20 artists in the event hall of the Goodman Community Center’s new Brassworks Building. Fabric arts, photography, watercolor, jewelry, pottery, and more! R

7    Lauer Realty Group
2229 Atwood Ave • 608.467.3220 •

Connie Morrison creates powerful, engaging pieces combining painting and collage techniques. Steve Swagerle communicates a humorous and cheerful look at life through his acrylic painting. R

8    Marzen, Integrated Art Group’s Showroom
2345 Atwood Ave • 608.709.1453 •

Interaction: Works by Veterans Shawn Ganther and Joshua Zeis is an exhibit that examines the ethereal meaning of the question, “Did you serve?” R

9    Megna Painting
2726 Atwood Ave • 608.438.2845 •

We have the honor of featuring Jen Karpinsky, an abstract painter primarily working with ink, who draws her inspiration from the colors of nature and abstract patterns. R A

10  Midwest Clay Project
2040 Winnebago St • 608.255.9240 •

A community clay studio serving Madison's near-east side since 2011, MCP will exhibit ceramics created by a selection of studio members. R A M

11    Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
2401 Atwood Ave • 608.249.4854 •

An exhibit of art created by students from Lowell Elementary School. All students, kindergarten through 5th grade, were invited to participate. R M

12   Stalzy’s Deli
2701 Atwood Ave • 608.249.7806

Stalzy’s will be featuring the art of Cedric Baetche. Complimentary coffee and sweets will be available. R

13   Stone Fence
2322 Atwood Ave •

We will be featuring two local artists: Sandra Kunkle Schoen and Trista Fitzgerald. Live music and refreshments. R A M

14   Studio Paran
2051 Winnebago St • 608.242.1111 •

Light for Dark Days New functional and sculptural lighting designs by owner Richard Jones. Glassblowing demos. R A

15   Table Wine
2045 Atwood Ave #111 • 608.284.9732 •

Ben Zoltak presents oil paintings that are uniquely fabricated into concave, convex, and asymmetrical forms. Drink specials all night. R



1     Alumni Park and One Alumni Place
650 N Lake St • 608.308.5151 •

Explore Alumni Park with guided tours of artful exhibits. Enjoy refreshments and have a “flash portrait” sketched by a UW-Madison alumni artist. 5-8 p.m. R A

2    Chazen Museum of Art
800 University Ave • 608.263.2246 •

An evening of Renaissance-themed festivities in celebration of the Chazen Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, Life, Love & Marriage in Renaissance Italy. R A

3    Gallery 1308, Union South
1308 W Dayton St • 608.262.7592 •

Stop in for the opening of our newest exhibition. R

4    Gallery 800 UBD
800 University Bay Dr •

Find yourself in art! Chuck Bauer, Reed Michael Jones, and Leila Enseniat can put you there. R

5    Graduate Hotel Madison
601 Langdon St • 917.921.0171 •

Local Art Series featuring Adriana Barrios opening reception with a 6:15 artist talk and complimentary food and beverage from 5pm - 7pm. R A

6    Memorial Union
800 Langdon St • 608.263.4009 •

Exhibitions in the Main and Class of 1925 Galleries. Return of the Paul Bunyan Murals and celebration of LatinX culture and heritage in Wheelhouse Studios. M

7    Ruth Davis Design Gallery
1300 Linden Dr • 608.262.8815 •

Dutch Complex Housing- scarcity of land and high population density in the Netherlands motivates urban planners to pursue different spatial solutions than in the United States.

8    Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State St • 608.264.6450 •

The Wisconsin Historical Society houses one of the nation’s greatest collections of materials related to American history. The imposing headquarters building is one of Wisconsin’s finest Neo-Classical Revival style designs.

9    Allen Centennial Garden
620 Babcock Dr • 608.576.2501 •

Join the Allen Centennial Garden for a celebration of the intersection of art and horticulture. R A M



1     Edgewood College Gallery
1000 Edgewood College Dr • 608.663.3252 •

Edgewood College Arts Faculty Exhibition: David Smith—ceramics, Robert Possehl—handmade paper installation, and Christopher Dunham—theatrical sets and props. R A M

2    Fine Earth Studio and Gallery
2207 Regent St • 608.441.3463 •

Local functional pottery. Featuring new wood fired work by Crystal McParland. R A

3    Higher Fire
2132 Regent St • 608.233.3050 •

TWENTY YEARS! We’re celebrating, and we’d love to have you join us! Did we mention there’ll be cake? And pottery, tiles, sculpture, and handmade jewelry. R M

4    HotelRED
1501 Monroe St, Ste 101 • 608.819.8228 •

Enjoy an evening of local art featuring the photography of Ben Zastrow. R

5    Milward Farrell Fine Art
2701 Monroe St • 608.238.6501 •

Road construction is done, the sun is fading, and it’s time to light up the night with fresh 2D and 3D works. Reception 6-9 pm. R

6    Monroe Street Family Dental
2702 Monroe St #101 • 608.204.0222 •

Featuring prints from local illustrator and maker, Emily Balsley’s 100 Animals in Hats series, plus originals from Cutting Edge students at Edgewood College, Kathleen Coogan. R A

7    The Tin Fox
2616 Monroe St • 608.295.5420 •

See local artist’s work on our gallery style walls. We are forming a collaboration with UW and other local schools to showcase budding professional artists from Wisconsin on a bi-monthly rotating basis.

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