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Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
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Opening Reception for the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial

Opening Reception for the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial

MMoCA to Unveil the Best in Wisconsin Contemporary Art

 September 20, 2013

from 6 – 9 pm

MADISON, WI—Widely regarded as the state’s most prestigious showcase of contemporary Wisconsin visual art, the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial presents work by active Wisconsin artists and reflects current directions in contemporary visual art. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) curatorial team reviewed material submitted by more than 530 artists, visited over 100 artist studios across the state, and ultimately selected 35 individual artists and five pairs of artists for inclusion in the exhibition.

With an anticipated attendance of 1,000 visitors, this year's Wisconsin Triennial opening reception invites community members to view the exhibition and engage with the participating artists. Beginning at 6 pm on Friday, September 20, visitors will be able to view and interact with art works installed throughout the museum, including in the lobby, State Street Gallery, New Media Gallery, main galleries, and rooftop sculpture garden. A dynamic event celebrating a major exhibition, the opening reception offers visitors music, refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, as well as exhibition-inspired cocktails by Fresco. The event is free for MMoCA members, $10 for non-members.

A cornerstone of MMoCA's exhibition programming, the Wisconsin Triennial captures the richness and variety of artistic practice across the state and showcases established and emerging artists. The exhibition will be on view September 21, 2013–January 5, 2014. Exhibition artwork images, artist bios, and behind-the-scenes content is available at


The 2013 Wisconsin 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.

The MMoCA curatorial team, consisting of curator Richard Axsom, curator of education Sheri Castelnuovo, director Stephen Fleischman, and associate curator Leah Kolb, selected new bodies of work by artists through a rigorous review process, organizing an exhibition that will provide audiences with a compelling and vibrant experience. Approximately half the artists 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.

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), 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), mixed-media installation 

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

Ash Kyrie (Argyle), photography and installation 

Gina Litherland (Cedarburg), painting

Bird Ross and Tom Loeser (Madison), wood sculpture

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

Kevin J. Miyazaki (Wauwatosa), photography and artist book

Nancy Mladenoff (Madison), painting

Charles Munch (Lone Rock), painting

Jill Olm (Eau Claire), drawing

Gabriel Pionkowski (Madison), painting

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

J. Shimon & J. 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), mixed-media installation

Jason S. Yi (Milwaukee), sculpture




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