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Made at the UW: Art Lofts

Join us for Made at the UW: Art Lofts as we explore the creative home of the UW Art Department. Take a tour of the comprehensive facility’s studios, galleries, and performance spaces. Learn from five UW–Madison faculty artists as they invite you into their work spaces and demonstrate their artistic media. Then enjoy a reception with hors d’oeuvres and remarks from Leslie Smith III, professor and art department chair, with audience Q & A to follow.

Because space is limited, please register by April 24.

Featured artists:

  • Julie Chen, professor of art (printmaking/book art/papermaking)
  • John Hitchcock, professor and associate dean for the arts (printmaking-relief and serigraphy)
  • Helen Lee, assistant professor of art (glass working)
  • Leslie Smith III, professor of art and art department chair (painting)
  • Fred Stonehouse, associate professor of art (painting)
  • Christina West, assistant professor of art (sculpture)

Schedule

2 p.m. Registration opens
2:10 p.m. Welcome by WFAA staff; tours and live demonstrations begin
4 p.m. Reception with hors d’oeuvres and remarks by Leslie Smith III, professor and art department chair, followed by audience Q & A
5 p.m. Event ends

Artists

Julie Chen is an internationally known book artist who has been publishing limited-edition artists’ books under the Flying Fish Press imprint for more than 30 years. Her books combine text and image with innovative book structures to create experiences that engage the reader in interactions that go far beyond the simple turning of a page. Her work can be found in numerous collections worldwide, including the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland, New Zealand. In 2009 she was a featured artist in the PBS television series Craft in America, and in 2020 she was one of the featured artists in the documentary film The Book Makers. She is a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

John Hitchcock is a contemporary artist, musician, and the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Hitchcock currently works in multimedia, including neon, textiles, printmaking, sound, and video to reclaim narratives of resilience and survival. He uses visual storytelling to understand his relationships to community, land, and culture.

Helen Lee

Helen Lee is an artist, designer, and educator. She uses glass to explore language and diasporic identity. Lee holds an MFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BS in art and design in architecture from MIT. Her work is in the collections of Minnesota Museum of American Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and Toyama City Institute of Glass Art. Recent exhibitions include: Exuviae at Art Lit Lab, Through a Glass Darkly at Delaware Contemporary, and Momentum | Intersection at Toledo Museum of Art. Lee has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Art, Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Ox-Bow School of Art, China Academy of Art, Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, and the MIT Glass Lab. She is a 2024 United States Artist Fellow and is currently an associate professor and head of glass in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She proudly serves as the director of GEEX, the Glass Education Exchange.

Leslie Smith III

Leslie Smith III is an abstract painter. Smith’s Recent works explore Abstraction’s inherent personal and political properties as they relate to broadening notions of Black representation. Smith earned a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA at the Yale School of Art. He exhibits nationally and internationally, and his work can be found in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond; the Birmingham Museum of Art; and the FRAC Auvergne, France, amongst others. Smith is a Professor of Art and Art Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Fred Stonehouse was born in 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his BFA from UW–Milwaukee in 1982. He had his first solo show in Chicago in 1983 and showed regularly in New York at the Howard Scott Gallery and across the United States with a number of prominent galleries. He has exhibited internationally in Paris, Edinburgh, Mexico, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan, Madrid, Brusssels, Berlin, Hamburg, and Essen. He has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Midwest Grant and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Individual Artists Grant. He is currently a professor of painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin, where he has taught for the past 17 years. In 2016, he was the subject of a mid-career survey exhibition at the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

Christina A. West is an artist whose practice is rooted in politics of the gaze. She uses sculpture, video, and photography to focus on the male body. West earned her MFA from Alfred University (Alfred, New York) in 2006 and her BFA from Siena Heights University (Adrian, Michigan) in 2003. After living in Atlanta for 13 years, where she taught at Georgia State University, West relocated back to the Midwest in 2022, where she is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has extensively exhibited her work across the country in venues such as the Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo), Atlanta Contemporary, and most recently at the University of Kentucky Art Museum (Lexington). Her work has been supported by grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Groot Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation, and she has participated in residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Clay Studio of Philadelphia.

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association will hold this event in accordance with all local public health guidance. Mask usage is welcome but not required. Participants who are sick are asked to stay home to help keep our Badger community safe and healthy. If conditions require a change to this event, you will be notified via email or phone call. 

May 1, 2024
WHEN
May 1, 2024
2-5 p.m.
WHERE
Art Lofts
111 N. Frances Street
Madison, WI
View Map and Venue Details
COST
$20 for WAA members$25 for young alumni (graduated 2014–23)$30 for all others
Art Lofts
111 N. Frances Street
Madison, WI
Additional Details
May 1, 2024
WHEN
May 1, 2024
2-5 p.m.
WHERE
Art Lofts
111 N. Frances Street
Madison, WI
View Map and Venue Details
COST
$20 for WAA members$25 for young alumni (graduated 2014–23)$30 for all others

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