Wisconsin Triennial 2010
May 22, 2010 to August 15, 2010

The 2010 Wisconsin Triennial, on view at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art through August 15, 2010, is the museum’s twelfth survey of artists living and working in the state. Forty-two individuals and two pairs of artists working in collaboration participate in the exhibition, which is installed in the museum’s lobby, State Street Gallery, New Media Gallery, second floor landing, and main galleries. Complementary programming includes an extensive series of lectures and gallery talks in Madison and other areas of the state; Wisconsin Triennial blog featuring images, videos, recorded commentary from participating artists, and curatorial notes; and the museum’s first-ever cell-phone tour.

Chosen by the museum’s curator of education Sheri Castelnuovo, director Stephen Fleischman, and curator of exhibitions Jane Simon, works in the exhibition represent the varied artistic directions Wisconsin-based artists explore on a daily basis. Mediums include film, installation, painting, performance, photography, video, and works on paper.

Ideas and themes abound in the exhibition. These include the exploration of age-old legends, the latent economies within our global world, the psychology of interaction, the difficulties of bereavement, and the disappointments of failed utopias. According to MMoCA’s curator of exhibitions Jane Simon, the 2010 Wisconsin Triennial “nods to the past, represents the present, and looks to the future. As a whole, the exhibition is a testament to the dedication and sophistication of artists currently working in the state.”

Participating artists were chosen from a pool of more than 480 applicants. Artists in the 2010Wisconsin Triennial are:

ActualSize Artworks [Gail Simpson and Aris Georgiades] (Stoughton), sculptural installation
Sofia Arnold (Viroqua), painting
Tom Berenz (Oshkosh), painting
Derrick Buisch (Madison), painting
Bruce Charlesworth (Milwaukee), video installation
Warrington Colescott (Hollandale), painting
Melissa Cooke (Madison), drawing
Carl Corey (Hudson), photography
Kim Cridler (Mazomanie), metals
Santiago Cucullu (Milwaukee), mixed media
Sarah Pearl Detweiler (Green Bay), photography
Carol Emmons (Green Bay), installation
Nicholas Frank (Milwaukee), performance and text
Martha Glowacki (Sauk City), mixed media
Lisa Gralnick (Madison), sculpture
Karen Gunderman (Milwaukee), ceramic installation
Erik Gunneson (Madison), film installation
Chad Hallblade (Milwaukee), photography
Kitty Huffman (Lyndon Station), video
Chele Isaac (Madison), video installation
Tom Jones (Madison), photography
Toby Kaufmann-Buhler (Madison), sound and video installation
Richard Knight (Milwaukee), drawing 
Gina Litherland (Cedarburg), painting
Nancy Mladenoff (Madison), painting
Frances Myers (Hollandale), photography
John Riepenhoff (Milwaukee), installation
Douglas Rosenberg (Oregon), giveaway and performance
Paul Sacaridiz (Madison), ceramic installation
J. Shimon & J. Lindemann (Manitowoc), photography
Claire Stigliani (Madison), drawing and watercolor
Alison Stehlik (Green Bay), ceramic installation
Laura Stewart (Bailey’s Harbor), film
Marcelino Stuhmer (Milwaukee), sculpture and prints
Marc Tasman (Milwaukee), photography
Sonja Thomsen (Milwaukee), photography
Michael Velliquette (Madison), paper-based installation
Eduardo Villanueva (Madison), site-specific painting 
Babette Wainwright (Madison), sculpture
Curtis Whaley (Madison), prints
George Williams, Jr. (Beloit), painting
Linda Wervey Vitamvas (Bayside), ceramics and sculpture
Jason Yi
 (Milwaukee), performance and sculpture
Xiaohong Zhang (Whitewater), paper cutouts


Through a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the museum employs new technologies to extend the depth and reach of the 2010 Wisconsin Triennial. The museum hosts a blog as a way to encourage comments and discussion about the exhibition. The blog includes curatorial notes, videos by and about the artists, images of artworks, and audio commentaries from artists about their creative processes and the ideas behind their art. These commentaries are also available on-site at the museum through a cell-phone tour.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.


The public is invited to an opening reception for the Wisconsin Triennial on Friday, May 21, from 6:30 to 9 pm. The evening is the first of the museum’s MMoCA Nights celebrations, and features the East Avenue Jazz Group; $5 refreshments from Fresco, the museum’s rooftop restaurant; and a cash bar. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.


Generous support for the 2010 Wisconsin Triennial has been provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services; University Research Park; Mary Ellyn and Joe Sensenbrenner; Hiebing; Associated Bank; MillerCoors; Cosmic Debris; Paula and David Kraemer; Smith & Gesteland, LLP; the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission; Jeff Levy; a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

The MMoCA Nights opening for the 2010 Wisconsin Triennial is generously sponsored by Newcomb Construction Company; media support for MMoCA Nights is provided by Isthmus-TheDailyPage.com.


The following public talks and discussions take place in conjunction with the 2010 Wisconsin Triennial. These events take place at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art except where noted, and admission is free of charge except where noted. Programming questions may be addressed to Sheri Castelnuovo, curator of education, sheri@mmoca.org, 608.257.0158 x 227.

Tuesday, May 25 · 6:30-7:30 pm
Behind-the-Scenes at the Triennial 
Location: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Edition MMoCA will present a behind-the-scenes tour of the Wisconsin Triennial with MMoCA curator of exhibitions Jane Simon. Free for MMoCA members; $5 for nonmembers.

Thursday, June 3 · 12:30-1 pm
Triennial Artist / Marc Tasman
Location: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Literally “a work ten years in the making” Marc Tasman’s series, Ten Years and One Day Every Day on Polaroids, July 24, 1999-July 24, 2009, comprises 4,949 unique self-portraits and is installed in its entirety for the Wisconsin Triennial. In addition to making art, Marc Tasman is a lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Friday, June 4 · 6:30-7:30 pm
Triennial Artist / Kim Cridler
Location: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Kim Cridler has long used urn and vase forms as a foundation for exploring continuity and “as a reminder of the work of making and using.” Her sculptures on view in the Wisconsin Triennialrepresent a new body of work that incorporates imagery of the plant and animal life found in the gardens, fields, and prairies around her Mazomanie home. Cridler is an assistant professor in the Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Saturday, June 12 · 11-11:30 am 
Drop-In Tour / Wisconsin Themes

Location: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Carl Corey, Kim Cridler, and the collaborative team of J. Shimon & J. Lindemann make specific reference to Wisconsin in their work. These artists will be the focus of a discussion by Marie Wunsch, a professor of American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wednesday, June 16 · 6:30-7:30 pm 
Triennial Artists /Sarah Pearl Detweiler, Carol Emmons, and Alison Stehlik
Location: Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI
Sarah Pearl Detweiler, Carol Emmons, and Alison Stehlik will discuss their works in the Wisconsin Triennial; how living in Green Bay has shaped their creative approach, subject matter, and other artistic choices; and their roles in the community as artists and teachers. Detweiler, Emmons, and Stehlik are faculty members in the Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Please note: This 60-minute program will be presented at the Neville Public Museum of Brown County, 210 Museum Place, Green Bay.

Thursday, June 17 · 12:30-1 pm
Triennial Artist / Douglas Rosenberg
Location: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Ritual and forgiveness inform an installation created by Douglas Rosenberg specifically for theWisconsin Triennial. Rosenberg is a multi-disciplinary artist whose recent works have addressed the geography and culture of his local environment. Rosenberg is a professor in the Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wednesday, June 23 · 6:30-7:30 pm
Triennial Artists / Martha Glowacki and Linda Wervey Vitamvas
Location: Discovery World, Milwaukee, WI
Sculptors Martha Glowacki and Linda Wervey Vitamvas will discuss their mutual interest in the history of science, their use of artifacts from the past, and the meanings these objects contribute to their works. Please note: This 60-minute program will take place at Discovery World, 500 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. An informal reception will follow the presentation. Admission to the lecture is free; however, there is a parking fee.

Friday, June 25 · 6-6:30 pm 
Triennial Artist / Carl Corey
Location: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Carl Corey’s recent photographic series, Wisconsin Tavern League, speaks to the importance of the local tavern as a locus for community, interaction, and friendship. As he points out, “Many of these bars are the only public gathering places in the rural communities they serve.” Following his MMoCA presentation, Corey will discuss his Habitat series, which will be on view at the James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters from June 22 to 
August 8, 2010.

Saturday, July 10 · 11-11:30 am 
Drop-In Tour / Capturing Memory
Location: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Susan Hoffman will explore how three prominent Wisconsin artists—Warrington Colescott, Martha Glowacki, and Frances Myers—reconstruct history and capture memory through painting, photography, and assemblage. Hoffman is an artist and reading specialist for the DeForest School District.