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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction........................................................................ 3

Furthering the Wisconsin Idea.........................................11

Welcome Letter & Diversity Statement

Wisconsin Film Festival

Mission & Vision

Wisconsin Film Festival Outreach

By the Numbers

Madison Early Music Festival

Arts on Campus & Recruitment

Engaging Students............................................................. 6

The Studio: Creative Arts Community

Appendix............................................................................ 15

Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program

Arts Business Competition


Supporting Arts Research................................................. 9

Arts Research

Awards in the Creative Arts

Staff List

Media Mentions

2017–18 Contributors

The Arts Institute’s name changed to Division of the Arts effective July 1, 2018. As this report comprises the 2017-18 academic year, the former unit name “Arts Institute” will primarily be used.

University of Wisconsin–Madison Arts Institute | Annual Report | 2017–18

WELCOME LETTER & DIVERSITY STATEMENT Looking back at the past academic year I am proud to report that as of July 2018, we are now the Division of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Our work as the Division of the Arts is characterized by three main areas: 1) Engaging Students in the academic disciplines that constitute the field of interdisciplinary creative arts, design, and performance; 2) Supporting Arts Research and increasing its role in interfacing with other disciplines; and

activities bringing together the work of UW– Madison’s community of students, faculty, and staff. As the Arts Institute has done over its years of dedicated work, the Division of the Arts remains deeply committed to the diverse communities that sustain the city of Madison and the state of Wisconsin, through festivals like the Wisconsin Film Festival, which commemorated its 20th year, and the Madison Early Music Festival will celebrate its 20th year in 2019.

3) Furthering the Wisconsin Idea through the creative arts.

I want to thank all of those who have supported us over the years, and whom we celebrate and recognize in this report.

As this annual report shows, these three areas of focus are the basis on which we continue to support a growing number of initiatives, programs, residencies, seminars, and other

John Baldacchino, Director

Diversity Statement The Division of the Arts’ affiliate faculty, staff, guest artists, and students promote the importance and power of art as a vital platform to inquire about the world, illuminate and address injustices, challenge points of view, and to celebrate all aspects of humanity. We respect, advocate, and fully promote the diversity and inclusivity of artistic expression and its important connection and impact on audiences and the community—especially as an agent for cultural competency. We remain steadfast in our mission to embrace all members of our diverse community and to promote civil discourse and freedom of speech as guiding principles and values in arts education.

Pictured: The Studio’s “Youth Culture” – an evening of visual art, music, and performance. Photo by Aliza Rand.



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MISSION & VISION By working with faculty and staff in a wide range of departments encompassing both arts and non-arts related fields, the Arts Institute (now the Division of the Arts) is in a position to create conditions for bold thinking and creative problem solving across campus. Together with our partners we can further develop and support a vibrant arts community as well as enhance and enrich the campus-at-large.



We believe that designers, artists, architects, performers, and creative scholars are essential to solving complex problems and advancing society. Creativity not only enhances our culture, it broadens our perspective, deepens our understanding, and enables us to innovate, grow, and change. Our vision is underpinned by the notions of freedom of thinking and the sustenance of a healthy democratic environment through the “continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”

To harness the power and potential of artistic explorations and expressions for the benefit of the university, the state of Wisconsin, and the world.

Pictured Left to Right: Interdisciplinary Arts Residency workshop; The Studio’s “Youth Culture” artists and Marina Kelly (middle). Photos by Junlin Ou and Aliza Rand.

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BY THE NUMBERS The UW–Madison Arts Institute provided a number of resources to its community and campus partners. The following facts and figures highlight achievements during the 2017–18 academic year.

100+ 80 100+

31,400+ Attended, followed, and participated in Arts Institute’s specific programs

Guest artists brought to campus


Faculty & staff affiliates

Media mentions

Volunteers As part of the Madison Early Music Festival and Wisconsin Film Festival

100+ Partners

Number of campus and community partners we supported


Enews Subscribers


Social Media Followers


YouTube Viewers



Amount distributed to 3 students and 5 faculty/staff as part of the Arts Institute’s Awards in the Creative Arts



Million The 2018 economic impact report of the Wisconsin Film Festival – determined by the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau



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THE STUDIO: CREATIVE ARTS COMMUNITY The Studio is a residential learning community located in Sellery Hall for incoming first-year students with expressed interest in the arts, including the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) First Wave scholars. The Studio is co-sponsored by the Division of University Housing; the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement; and the Arts Institute. The Studio offers residents access to art and performance spaces as well as programming directed toward their interests in a range of arts and design disciplines. Students take advantage of opportunities to use their artistic skills to serve the community as a whole through projects, collaborations, and exhibitions. In addition, The Studio provides numerous opportunities for residents to attend cultural events both on campus and in the community. Residents participated in a 1-credit course, “Mapping Your Creative Practice,” in the fall and

a production class, “The Studio Presents...” in the spring, which culminated in the pop-up exhibition Youth Culture at the Chazen Museum of Art.

Key Highlights

Additionally, The Studio funds two to three Creative Arts Awards each year to current residents.

ff The Studio Welcome Week events ff Monthly community dinners and conversation series ff “Project Thrift” fashion event ff Alumni-led sound design workshops ff The Nutcracker, Tyler the Creator, and Lizzo performances ff Visual and performing arts showcases ff College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) qualification ff Creative Arts résumé workshop with Successworks

The Studio Creative Arts Awards: Research Duncan Slagle, First Wave Scholar Intended majors: Classics–Ancient Greek, Classical Humanities, and English–Creative Writing

40+ arts and culture events:


Shasparay Lighteard, First Wave Scholar Intended major: Theatre and Drama

2017 Photos | 2018 Photos Videos

Pictured Left to Right: The Studio’s welcome and orientation; Close-up of “Youth Culture;” Welcome and orientation event in the music studio. Photos by Aliza Rand.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM Funded through the Office of the Provost, the Arts Institute’s Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) brings innovative, world-class artists to campus for semester-long residencies. Artists teach an interdisciplinary course, present public events, and participate in community outreach. The program gives students exposure to working artists, provides course credit, and strengthens programmatic ties across disciplines.

Ama Wray | Spring 2018

Residency Activity

Dr. S. Ama Wray is an associate professor of dance at the University of California, Irvine and self-titles as a “neo-African Performance Architect.” Wray received her PhD from the University of Surrey where she developed her theory and practice of Embodiology®, an approach to creating contemporary performance, shaped by the deep structures that have been identified within African practices.

During the spring residency, Dr. Wray taught “The Art of Improvisation: From Phronesis to the Production of Practical Knowledge.” The course combined practice-based workshops, interdisciplinary guest lectures, fieldwork, and performance. Experimental movement classes were held at the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, the Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Laboratory, and the Chazen Museum of Art.

In lieu of a Fall 2017 residency, an IARP retrospective exhibition (September 30-October 12) and presentation were held in the Mosse Humanities Building. Photos, video footage, and printed materials were selected from twenty years of program archives with the help of a student jury.

Wray’s residency was presented by the Arts Institute and hosted by the Art Department with Associate Professor Faisal Abdu’Allah as lead faculty. Co-sponsors included the departments of Art History, Dance, Afro-American Studies, and African Cultural Studies.

ff Mojisola Adebayo ff Daniel Avorgbedor ff Charles Limb ff Fleeta Siegel

Wray along with some of her guest artists presented at the Visiting Artist Colloquium, dance conference, and a symposium. The semester culminated in two final performances that were free and open to the public on May 2 and 3. The Chazen event was an interactive, multi-modular show. The second improvisationbased performance at maiahaus featured an abridged version of the piece with local spoken word artist Rob Dz.

Dr. S. Ama Wray | Photos Video

Guest Artists

Pictured Left to Right: Final Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program event “Embodiology® at Work, Embodiology® at Play;” Detail of Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s residency poster, Spring 2007; Dr. S. Ama Wray; Final event. Photos by Mary Ladoni and Aliza Rand.



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ARTS BUSINESS COMPETITION The Arts Business Competition, formerly the New Arts Venture Challenge, is a campuswide competition to encourage new thinking and innovative ideas, and to provide support for student-driven projects. Entrants develop a thorough proposal for an arts event, exhibition, series, commercial venture, or other artistic project. Out of all the submissions, three student proposals were invited to participate in the final round, where each proposal was evaluated on both the written plan and a public oral presentation. A judging panel deliberated and selected a winner on April 27 in Grainger Hall in the Wisconsin School of Business. Photos

Jurors ff Meghan Blake-Horst, Street Vending Coordinator, City of Madison ff Abigail Rindo, Art Director, Per Blue Entertainment, Inc. ff George Tzougros, Executive Director, Wisconsin Arts Board

Winners 1st Prize ($2,000) Gaining STEAM! Khoa A. Tran, Bayleigh E. Benner, and Holly Walter Kerby A project teaching scientists how to convey their research through stories, including through comics. Additional participants will include graduate students and community artists.

2nd Prize ($1,000) LunART Festival Dr. Iva Urgcic, Kyle Johnson, and Satoko Hayami LunART Festival’s mission is to support, inspire, promote, and celebrate women in the arts through public performances, exhibitions, workshops, and interdisciplinary collaboration as they navigate gender imbalance in artistic fields. Over 30 individuals planned and performed in the festival held in Madison in late June 2018.

3rd Prize ($500) OFF THE WALL Simone Doing and Max Puchalsky OFF THE WALL is a nighttime, outdoor screening series of contemporary video art from a wide range of artists at various points in their careers, shown in Madison in August 2018.

Pictured Left to Right: Arts Business Competition judging panel; Finalist presentation; Judges, finalists, and Director John Baldacchino (3rd from left). Photos by Mary Ladoni.

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ARTS RESEARCH The arts are key to the creation of new knowledge through research, whether it takes the form of arts practice as method of inquiry; historical research through curation; arts in science research; arts educational research; arts impact studies; or one of the myriad other forms. In 2017–18, the Arts Institute hosted a series of events to recognize and grow arts research. The first event was a panel discussion “What Does Arts Research Look Like at UW–Madison?” held on September 25 and included Laurie Baefsky,

Executive Director of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and Lea Jacobs, Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts & Humanities at UW–Madison. The Arts Agôn: Arts Research Forum series encouraged arts researchers to share their work with each other and other campus colleagues to create connections and encourage dialogue. Events on December 7 and February 15 featured a total of nine presentations by faculty, staff, and graduate students on research topics ranging

from Yoruba Masquerade Arts and dime-store novel covers to creative placemaking and a study of how expressive writing can promote healing. The division also maintains memberships in national and international organizations dedicated to furthering arts research. Staff attended a2ru and the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) conferences.


Pictured Left to Right: Close-up of a masquerade costume from “Whirling Return of the Ancestors: Egúngún Arts of the Yoruba in Africa and Beyond” curated by Henry Drewal and students. Photo by Junlin Ou; Applied Comics Kitchen (ACK) poster. Design by ACK; Creative placemaking slide for Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point. Courtesy of Sherry Wagner-Henry; “Work and Win” dime-store novel research. Courtesy of Jason Kartez.


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AWARDS IN THE CREATIVE ARTS Each year the Arts Institute recognizes students, faculty, and staff achievements and professional service along with providing support for future creative endeavors and research. With the assistance of the Arts Awards Review Committee, eight outstanding students, faculty, and staff were recognized for awards for a total of $83,000. A ceremony was held at the Pyle Center on May 8 to celebrate the accomplishments of these recipients.

Student Achievement David and Edith Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship Women in the Arts

Collaborators Maria Amalia Wood, MFA, Design Studies Department and Leigh Garcia, MFA, Art Department

Faculty Research


Andrea Harris, Associate Professor, Dance Department

Joyce J. and Gerald A. Bartell Award in the Arts Jamie Henke, Distinguished Faculty Associate, Department of Liberal Arts & Applied Studies, Division of Continuing Studies

Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award J Myszka Lewis, Curator, Tandem Press, Art Department

Helen J. Bullard, PhD candidate, Interdisciplinary Art & Science

Pictured Left and Right: Awards in the Creative Arts and The Studio Awards honorees and guests; Center: Awards invitation. Design by Cathy Sheets with artwork by Maria Amalia Wood and Leigh Garcia. Photos by Mary Ladoni.

Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts

Cherene Sherrard, Sally Mead Hands-Bascom Professor, English Department

Creative Arts Award Henry Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor, Department of Art History Photos Video

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WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL The 20th annual Wisconsin Film Festival kicked off with a triumphant, sold-out return to Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall for a celebration of the Festival’s history, the presentation of the Golden Badger awards, and a screening of the poetic feature documentary, Mountain. In addition to screenings of nearly 150 films during its eight-day run, the Festival hosted filmmakers from around the world, including Bridey Elliot (Clara’s Ghost), Antonio Méndez Esparza (Life and Nothing More), and Andrew Bujalski (Support the Girls).

Wisconsin’s Own Golden Badger Awards

Events included disco dance parties, sneak peeks, field trips, panel discussions, and an industry brunch. Shannon Hall was filled to the rafters for an energetic screening of RBG, and the Festival closed out in grand neighborly fashion with two sold-out screenings of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?.

Hearts Beat Loud | Brett Haley

The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the Arts Institute in partnership with the Department of Communication Arts and was held April 5–12.

Great Light | Tony Oswald FUTURE LANGUAGE: the Dimensions of VON LMO | Lori Felker The Blood is at the Doorstep | Erik Ljung

Steep & Brew Audience Awards

Key Highlights ff 5 venues, 7 screens ff 146 films ff 149 screenings ff 170 volunteers ff 1,875 attendees for K-5 field trips ff 50+ film industry guests ff 26,790 total Festival attendance

E-communications: 15,290 subscribers

Favorite Narrative Feature Favorite Documentary Feature RBG | Betsy West and Julie Cohen

Favorite Restoration/Rediscovery Blue Collar | Paul Schrader

Favorite Shorts Program A World of Wisconsin’s Own

followers: 9,550 views: 14,500 Photos Videos

Favorite Big Screens, Little Folks Selection Short But Not So Sweet: Revolting Rhymes and Isis + Osiris

Pictured Left to Right: “The Blood is at the Doorstep” Q&A panel hosted by Pete Schwaba; Volunteers; Wisconsin Film Festival tickets slide. Design by Cathy Sheets; Opening Night audience; Solomon Roller (2nd from left) in the film “Elemental” along with his family on Opening Night. Photos by Mary Ladoni and Jing Zeng.


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Screens for Teens

Big Screens, Little Folks hosted 1,875 students, teachers, and chaperones to the Festival. Students in grades K-2 watched a program of international shorts and students in grades 3-5 watched the feature length animated film, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales. Thirty elementary school and homeschool groups and ten high schools participated in the student matinee field trips. A comprehensive study guide was given to all groups in advance to supplement their learning.

The Screens for Teens program provided nine screenings of these programs: Rwanda & Juliet, or Cliff, Superfan! and Brown Girl in Baraboo, Madison, and Sheboygan. At each screening, the filmmakers joined in for a post screening Q&A session either in person or via Skype. A study guide was provided at each screening to explore media literacy and the films’ themes.

Due to popular demand from previous years, another “Stop Motion Animation Workshop” was held in partnership with the Madison Public Library and Glendale Elementary School. High school students from around the state were treated to a feature film from China, The Taste of Rice Flower, as part of World Cinema Day.

Acclaimed documentary Rwanda & Juliet, traces the impact of the Rwandian genocide with a contemporary production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece Romeo and Juliet. Cliff, Superfan! and Brown Girl, two shorts from Wisconsin’s Own, address issues of racial identity in contemporary American culture. Supplemental study guides

Tuesday Night Movie Club As part of the celebration surrounding the 20th annual Wisconsin Film Festival, a monthly screening series, Tuesday Night Movie Club, was held from October through March. This collaboration with the WUD Film Committee was free to the public and presented a selection of features and shorts from past Wisconsin Film Festivals. Screenings were held at The Marquee at Union South. The series started with the popular Best of the British Arrows and ended with a special screening of Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas highlighted by a post-film Q&A with the filmmaker.

explored the films’ themes and media literacy.

“The Screens for Teens project is an amazingly worthwhile and important program which brings quality films to many students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in these works. Young people are enriched, inspired and challenged in ways that only quality film and filmmakers can.” – Ron Parker, Appleton North High School Pictured Left to Right: Elementary students on a Big Screens, Little Folks field trip; Child at Big Screens, Little Folks program; Tuesday Night Movie Club postcard. Design by Cathy Sheets. Photos by Mary Ladoni and Jing Zeng.

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MADISON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL Key Highlights ff 43 classes ff 10 midday and pre-concert lectures ff 7 concerts ff 1 dance event ff 120 workshop participants ff 40 guest artists, faculty & lecturers ff 23 work-study positions ff 2,910 Festival attendees at concerts, lectures, and dance event E-communications: 1,860 subscribers followers: 1,135 Photos Videos

The Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF) was created in 1999 to provide an opportunity for musicians, scholars, teachers, students, and music enthusiasts to study medieval, Renaissance, and baroque music in its social, cultural, and political contexts, and to present concerts by acclaimed artists who specialize in historically inspired performance of early music. Since 2015, the Arts Institute has presented MEMF in partnership with the Mead Witter School of Music. The Madison Early Music Festival Workshop and Concert Series, Journey to Lübeck: A Cabinet of Curiosities (July 7-14), explored the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and how the changes in religion and 16th century printed materials changed the world. To kick-off the 2018 season, a fundraiser was held in March where 60

attendees enjoyed an evening of early music and traditional German food. MEMF welcomed 120 participants (the largest attendance ever), faculty, and guest artists for a week of workshop classes, lectures, and concerts that explored music, history, and culture. For the capstone, participants performed with award-winning faculty for the MEMF All-Festival Concert, A Journey to Lübeck: Music from the Choir Library of the Marienkirche.

Guest Artists ff Abendmusik featuring MEMF Faculty ff Piffaro, The Renaissance Band ff Quicksilver ff Schola Antiqua of Chicago

JULY 7-14, 2018

A Cabinet of Curiosities:

Journey to Lübeck Leadership sponsor:

Pictured Left to Right: Madison Early Music Festival’s dance; All-Festival Concert; Postcard. Design by Cathy Sheets; Participant Concert. Photos by Mary Ladoni and Junlin Ou. Presented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arts Institute in partnership with the Mead Witter School of Music. Illustrations: Heinrich Khunrath. Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae. [Hamburg: s.n., 1595.], and Schedel, Hartmann. n.d. Liber Chronicarum 1493 Facsimile - Nuremberg Chronicle (Latin Edition).


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ARTS ON CAMPUS & RECRUITMENT Arts on Campus is the gateway to arts units, events, and news on campus. During the 2017–18 academic year, the Arts Institute collaborated with and promoted numerous campus units through student recruitment and increased awareness of the arts at UW– Madison via communication channels on campus and throughout the state including advertising/marketing, outreach, and resource fairs.

Arts Institute/Arts on Campus E-communications: 10,475 subscribers followers: 4,925 viewers: 25,005

Arts Recruitment In spring of 2018 the Arts Institute launched a promotional campaign to showcase the Arts on Campus for prospective and incoming students with input from the Arts Recruitment Working Group and Office of Admissions and Recruitment (OAR). As part of the Office of the Provost’s recruitment charge, a graphic identity, brochure, website, and table display were developed to promote our vibrant community of creative excellence within an internationally-renowned research university.

100 + student arts organizations

Materials highlighted academics, facilities, co-curricular opportunities, arts and entrepreneurship, and creative communities. The division also worked with the OAR office for the

Arts on Campus In the summer of 2017, the division was invited by the Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) office to give Arts on Campus presentations to families of first-year students. For the summer of 2018, the division and its affiliates staffed an Arts on Campus resource table during 25+ sessions of SOAR.

largest campus-produced


in the US

Staff continued to serve a wide range of units by promoting their events and programs. From academic arts departments and student organizations to campus galleries and theaters and diverse community projects, partners N Dbenefitted from design, publicity, social media coverage, videography, photography, email communications, and/or outreach support.

30 + galleries 8 theatres 3 cinemas

inaugural Arts Yield Day in April.

The Arts Institute developed the Creative Campus Tour, an interactive walking tour of fine arts programs on campus that launched

September 2018. This project marks the first cross-campus collaborative effort to highlight the creative spaces on campus.

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“I knew that I wanted to go to school in a city that had both a great art and music scene, and after touring UW–Madison, I knew that it was my #1 choice.”

–Audrey Hansa, Art undergrad

Pictured Left to Right: Arts recruitment promotional materials. Designs by Cathy Sheets with illustration by Audrey Hansa.

in the state

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STAFF LIST* Office of the Director

External Relations

John Baldacchino, Director Sarah Chapeau, Assistant to the Director

Aaron Granat, Videographer Anna January, Assistant Director for Development Kate Lochner, Digital Marketing Specialist Heather Owens, Audience Development & Communications Specialist Cathy Sheets, Art Director

Administration Staci Francis, Associate Director Adriane Melchert, Financial Specialist Mallory Murphy, Assistant Director for Outreach Programs; Wisconsin Film Festival Operations Coordinator Lisa Spierer, Assistant Director for Media and Technology

Curriculum and Programs Kate Hewson, Assistant Director for Academic Programs

Outreach Programs

The Studio – Creative Arts Community Faisal Abdu’Allah, The Studio Faculty Director Marina Kelly, The Studio Program Coordinator *As of June 30, 2018

For a current list of staff, visit:

Cheryl Bensman-Rowe, Madison Early Music Festival Artistic Director Terry Kerr, Wisconsin Film Festival Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Marty, Madison Early Music Festival Program Coordinator Ben Reiser, Wisconsin Film Festival Outreach & Community Engagement Manager

Pictured Left to Right: Ben Reiser and Terry Kerr; Aaron Granat; Marina Kelly and Faisal Abdu’Allah; many staff members at the Wisconsin Film Festival’s Opening Night event. Photos by Mary Ladoni and Aliza Rand.


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COMMITTEES The Arts Institute supported and developed its community by sponsoring committees, working groups, and interdisciplinary projects. By increasing the possible points of connection, these groups encouraged broader affiliate engagement with the division and with each other. This open-ended structure harnesses the energy of affiliates to achieve real action and momentum in key issues and areas impacting the arts.

Gallery and Curation Committee

Academic Affairs Committee

The Gallery and Curation Committee brings together affiliates who teach curation or manage gallery spaces to address common issues and identify campus-wide opportunities.

The Academic Affairs Committee oversees the Integrated Arts course subject listing, review proposals for the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program, and consults on shared academic concerns impacting the arts across colleges.

Arts Recruitment Working Group

The Arts Recruitment Working Group works to reverse the trend of dropping enrollment numbers in the arts disciplines.

Pictured Left to Right: Arts recruitment table at SOAR; “The Memory Project: Faces of Joy” exhibition; Installation of artwork in various gallery spaces. Photos by Adriane Melchert and Heather Owens.

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MEDIA MENTIONS The Arts Institute sent out 15 press releases and received at least 105 media mentions outside of the university. The Wisconsin Film Festival alone garnered over 80 of the press mentions. The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau estimated the Wisconsin Film Festival media value coverage, from early March through early May, to be over $70,000. Thank you to the outlets who covered Arts Institute’s programs over the year:

Brava Cap Times, The Capital City Hues, The Channel 3000 Chicago Tribune Comunidad News, La Daily Cardinal, The Emergent Art Space Fox 47 Isthmus Janesville Gazette Leader Telegram (Eau Claire)

Madison Film Forum Madison Magazine Madison365 Milwaukee Film Mixed Metaphors Observations on Film Art Our Lives Madison Reel World Theology Tone Madison Visit Madison Well-Tempered Ear, The What Greg Says

WISC TV Wisconsin Arts Board Wisconsin Gazette Wisconsin Public Radio Wisconsin Public Television Wisconsin State Journal, The Wisconsin Watch - Center for Investigative Journalism WMTV - NBC 15 WORT FM

Pictured Left to Right (screenshots): Jim Healy being interviewed by Pete Schwaba on Wisconsin Public Television’s “Director’s Cut”; Isthmus coverage of Wisconsin Film Festival documentaries; The Cap Times coverage of “RBG.”


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(July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018)

The Arts Institute appreciates the support of the many contributors that make our programs and initiatives possible. To help support excellence in arts teaching, research, and public service contact:

$100-$249 Anonymous Asian Languages and Cultures Agatino Balio & Mary Pinkerton Mary Ellen Bell Dianne & Charles Boardman Nicole Boss Anna Bourdeau Caroll Brandt Don & Carola Breckbill Kay & Nicholas Cahill -in honor of Cheryl Bensman-Rowe and Paul Rowe Betty & Stephen Cohen Valerie Dederich Michael & Christina Drouet Sandra Erickson Rebecca Forbes Wank & Anthony Wank Goethe-Institut David & Nancy Good Don & Ruth Guthrie Ronnie Hess & Monroe Rosner Peter Hoff & Paul Patenaude Linda Hogle Kathleen Hornemann Frances Ingebritson Monica Jaehnig & William Schrader Cynthia & Andrew Johnson Joan Kimball

Diana & Roderic Lakes Dale & Barbara Lenz Annette & Peter Mahler Larry Martin & Martha Cranley Jeri Matteson-Hughes & Charles Hughes Middle East Studies Program Middleton Public Library Joanne Miller Stefanie Moritz & Vincel Jenkins Morris Ramen* Mikkel Nelson Peter Panfili Ernest Peterson Reynold Peterson Nick Petros The Roman Candle Pizza* Russian Flagship Program Dianne Sattinger & Randall Wilkins Stephen & Toby Schlein Ellen Louise Schwartz Andrew Sigel Reeves Smith & Glenna Carter Melissa & James Sosman Soyuzmultfilm Russia Glenn Steffen Marsha Stewart Donald & Joanna Thompson Maxine Triff Elizabeth & James Westgard John & Teresa Lau

$250-$499 Alan Attie & Jean Feraca Linda & Keith Clifford Timothy & Rosemary Clifford Neal Deunk M Renee & Timothy Farley Wendy Fearnside & Bruce Meier Heidi Hansen Benjamin Johnston Barbara Martin Thomas & Lynne Martin-Erickson Tyson Mueller Jean Olson Karen Owen Monroe Rosner & Ronnie Hess Jane Vea & Barry Owens Jane & Glenn Watts

$500-$999 Diann & J Michael Allsen Asian American Studies Program Chelcy Bowles -in memory of William Peden Bruce Bush & Judith Johnston Robert Conlin & Sarah Pfatteicher John Devereux & Lynn Harmet Center for European Studies Festival Foods*

Gail Geiger Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic Gordon Flesch Terry Haller James & Ina Heup HotelRED* Jane Ilgen Institute for Regional and International Studies Kohler Fellows Deborah Malamud & Neal Plotkin Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies Daniel & Judith Nystrom Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia Ann Schomisch Carol “Orange” & Dean Schroeder Center for South Asia Judyth & Richard Swingen Anton Ten Wolde & Marcia Smith Terry Haller Fund University Lectures Committee Judith Walker Patricia Weiler Wildwood Productions

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A-R Editions* Carol Adams African Studies Program Arts Midwest Cafe Hollander* Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission (Dane Arts) Robert & Wendy Erb Suzanne and Roberto Freund Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau* Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program James & Jennifer Lattis The Livingston Inn* Madison College Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) Foundation Madison Public Library Mead Witter School of Music UW School of Medicine and Public Health Alan & Katharine Muirhead Teel Plastics UW Health & Quartz Insurance Glenn and Edna Wiechers William Stark Jones Foundation

Anonymous The Joyce J. and Gerald A. Bartell family Colony Brands Inc. Evjue Foundation Inc Hilldale** SSM Health Wisconsin Public Radio* Wisconsin Public Television*

$10,000-$24,999 AMC Independent* The Brittingham Trust Concourse Hotel* The Great Dane Pub & Brewing, Co.** Jane Graff Bequest Isthmus** Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Steep & Brew Coffee** William J. Wartmann Endowment Wisconsin Union Theater**

$25,000+ The Anonymous Fund Emily McKay and Ruth and Hartley Barker Office of the Provost

Pictured: “All Ways Forward” banners adorning Bascom Hall. Photo by Bryce Richter.

*In-Kind Gift ** Partial In-Kind Gift

Thank you to all financial and in-kind partners.

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Pictured on the front cover: Final Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program event “Embodiology® at Work, Embodiology® at Play” with Dr. S. Ama Wray and students. Photo by Mary Ladoni. Pictured on the back cover: The Studio’s “Project Thrift” fashion show. Photo by Aliza Rand.

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