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Wisconsin Triennial 2013

September 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Fred Stonehouse, Trying To Be A Problem, 2012. Acrylic on canvas banner, 55 x 67 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Triennial represents the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s much anticipated and celebrated survey of current directions in Wisconsin visual art. The 2013 Triennial—the latest in an ongoing series of triennials and biennials presented by the museum since 1978—is on view in the museum’s lobby, State Street Gallery, New Media Gallery, main galleries, and rooftop sculpture garden 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 in the larger contemporary art world.

The jurying process involved a careful review of all submitted material, followed by visits to a select number of artist studios across the state. The curatorial team, consisting of curator Richard Axsom, curator of education Sheri Castelnuovo, director Stephen Fleischman, and associate curator Leah Kolb, considered the work of more than 530 artists. Traveling across the state—from Beloit to Door County and from Kenosha to Hudson—the curators conducted studio visits with 113 artists. Ultimately, thirty-five individual artists and five collaborative pairs were selected for inclusion in the exhibition. The 2013 Wisconsin Triennial serves as a platform to engender and celebrate artistic invention in the state, and stands as a testament to the dedication and sophistication of the artists working throughout Wisconsin.

View the calendar of public programs organized for the Wisconsin Triennial, including on- and off-site artist talks, drop-in tours, and children’s workshops. Gallery activities, children’s books, and the Let’s Look family guide are available in the exhibition’s learning center. Families may also borrow the ArtPack, which includes a special take-home activity based on a work of art in the Triennial. Resources for teachers include guided exhibition tours and a teaching page for pre- and post-visit classroom discussion.

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 exhibition is BMO Harris Bank. Additional generous support has been provided by the David and Paula Kraemer Fund; Ellen S. Rosner and Paul J. Reckwerdt; Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.; Gina and Michael Carter; J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.; Dane Arts with additional funds from The Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of The Capital Times; 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; with design provided by Hiebing.