Art in the Hallway

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Continuing Studies Art Gallery: Art in the Hallway

When you visit Continuing Studies, be sure to enjoy the artwork in our Art Gallery on the 7th Floor. We established this gallery to provide a resource for artists to display their art in a public education environment. Artists include employees and their family members, instructors, students, and other friends of Continuing Studies.

There are 3 small exhibit areas—one on each end of the main hallway, and one in the Wisconsin Idea conference room. The hallways are open to the public M, W, Th, and F 7:45am-4:30pm and T 7:45am-7pm.

Thank you to all the artists.

2017-2018 schedule

Dates WI Idea Room West Hallway East Hallway
Feb–Mar ’18 Joel Wish Gina Hecht David Giroux/Betsy Strahin
Apr–May ’18 Kathryn Wedge Carolyn Knorr George Johnson
June–July ’18 Kathryn Wedge Mary Tilton Elizabeth Sawyer Kelly
Aug–Sept ’18 Susan Wulff Jan Richardson David Giroux
Oct–Nov ’18 Susan Wulff Collette Girard Liz Chilsen
Dec ’18–Jan ’19 Jo Morgan Kate Margelofsky-Sorensen Peter Hewson
Feb–Mar ’19 Jo Morgan Varla Bishop Dominique Tacquet

2018-2019 Artists

Varla Bishop

Johnson Creek, WI
Feb-Mar 2018

I find myself painting the images that make me smile. I like to have my paintings touch others in some way. It may capture a memory of another time or maybe how you feel right now. My painting topics are broad. I love to paint people, but then I also love to paint animals. To just paint one thing seems too boring to me. I try to catch the personality of my subjects. I like to embrace diversity. I like to have fun. I love to paint; it’s my release. Painting is my fun.

Liz Chilsen

Forest Park, IL
Oct-Nov 2018

I’m from northern Wisconsin, and though I’ve lived in Chicagoland for more than 20 years, Wisconsin is still home. I am an educator and an artist. Wisconsin is my muse.

Two concerns permeate my work; the role of the individual within a broad social, political and historical sweep, and the interactions between place and people.

My pictures consider both interior and exterior landscapes, public and private. My hope is that we resist the urge to turn away from complexities of the outside world and instead move to engage them.

Collette Girard

Madison, WI
Oct-Nov 2018

My artwork is influenced by Miksang, a form of contemplative photography which seeks to clearly see and to appreciate the vividness of the visual world. Images in this exhibit depict everyday objects viewed from a unique perspective, with an emphasis on bright colors and subtle shifts of light. All are actual photographs and are not digitally generated. To enhance luminescence, each photo is infused into metal and mounted on an aluminum shadowbox frame.

I would like to think that my artwork represents the efforts of all those who discover artistic expression later in life and who continue, as older adults, to learn, to create and to flourish. I am a member of the Madison Art Guild, Wisconsin Visual Artists and the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association. I have exhibited my work in several Wisconsin venues including the Overture Center, UW Memorial Union Gallery, Pyle Center and Art Fair on the Square.

David Giroux

Madison, WI
Aug-Sep 2018

From June through October 2017, I created a series of more than 30 black-and-white portraits, all of which employ the “invisible backdrop” technique. Using this method, a photo shoot staged in broad daylight produces images that look like they were created in a darkened studio. The process begins by intentionally underexposing the image, to the extent that the camera’s LCD screen appears black. Then, one or more off-camera flash units illuminate the subject, while the background remains dark.

I first tried this technique with my daughter Sophie. Sitting on the back lawn, she strummed her new ukulele while I clicked, and we managed to create some shadowy, interesting photographs. I was intrigued by how the absence of any background detail focused one’s attention on the subject and her prop, eliminating any distractions. Converting the image to black and white emphasized this isolation. I looked for ways to use this technique with others who had interesting hobbies or jobs that might be depicted with a prop or pose. My friend Paula sang for me. Neighbor Stephen demonstrated yoga poses. Joe rode his bicycle. I shared my early results with Dean (who would later pose for his own portrait), explaining how I hoped to reveal each subject’s pastime, profession, or personality. He noted the irony of using black-and-white images to reveal one’s true colors. Thus, my project had a name.

Peter Hewson

Madison, WI
Dec 2018 – Jan 2019

I became a photographer when I decided to narrow my focus, squeeze into the confines of my viewfinder, and look for texture and shape. No more merely recording events, people, and places. The narrowing and the squeezing, paradoxically, did not confine me. Rather it opened up a whole new world.

When I frame an image, two things happen. What I see comes from the world around me; what I look for comes from within. They don’t always tell the same story or fit comfortably together, and that can be quite dispiriting. Trying to resolve the impasse is hard work, and sometimes one or the other takes over, and that’s OK; it’s part of the journey. But when they do mesh, it releases a powerful flow, I’m in the zone, and time is irrelevant. I’m making photographs.

The images I find pleasing often display organic geometries that find expression in symmetry, in pattern, in shape, and in structure. Nevertheless, more often than not, these geometries overflow the confines of mathematical precision through the irregularities of a natural world that is unbounded, complex and fluid. On occasion, they reach the edge of comfort, they push beyond the known, and they open a door to uncertainty and promise.

A good image for me produces contentment and intrigue, an upwelling of delight, a time to exhale, a feeling of serenity, an occasion for meditation and reflection. I am happy.

George Johnson

Madison, WI
Apr-May 2018

As I travel down different streets from Milwaukee to Tokyo, I look for ordinary sites that background human movement that seem to sum up a particular characteristic of the environment. It usually happens quickly, and in another time and with another photographer it might be called a decisive moment.

Carolyn Knorr

Middleton, WI
Apr-May 2018

This project is a love letter to Key West, entitled “Postcards from Key West.” It includes iconic island images as well as a number of images from the beach. I am in love with the vibrancy and energy of the island and have tried to capture that vibrancy with this imagery. I hope this project makes you smile and warms your heart.

I am a fine art photographer located in Middleton, Wisconsin. My work has been in galleries in the US and I have had work on exhibit in Berlin and most recently Barcelona.

Kate Margelofsky-Sorensen

Madison, WI
Dec 2018 – Jan 2019

I’m not at all a fan of winter or of the cold but regardless of the weather, if we’ve been blessed to have the infrequent occurrence of hoar or rime frost, I’m out trudging through the snow and cold trying to capture the beauty of the crystal formations in the brief amount of time they can be witnessed.

Hoar frost is created when water vapor freezes, causing the vapor to go from a gaseous state to a solid state. Rime frost is created when super-cooled water droplets freeze on contact with cold surfaces. Both forms are most often seen first thing in the morning when conditions are optimal for the crystals to have formed and be seen.

Neither are easy to capture because as soon as the sun hits the crystals they can melt. Likewise, in getting close enough to see the delicate crystal structures, even breathing on them can cause them to melt. Either way, the effect is almost instantaneous and they disappear. They’re well worth the time and effort but present a great challenge nonetheless in attempting to photograph the tiny crystalline formations.

I hope you enjoy these images and the beauty of this infrequent phenomenon, and the next time you see the shimmering and sparkling landscape they create I urge you get close and see the exquisite beauty for yourself.

Jo Morgan

Madison, WI
Dec 2018 – Jan 2019

From early childhood, I have been fascinated with forms in nature, human faces, and the human form. When I was ten I began to draw people and I couldn’t stop. Every chance to doodle I spent drawing faces. I drew them in my school notebooks and on scraps of paper often when I was in the middle of doing something else. Through middle school and high school, I enrolled in every art class available and savored the experiences. In early adulthood, during intensive full-time parenting, I fell in love with watercolor, drawn to the myriad of color possibilities and the versatility the medium offered. I took classes with talented Madison watercolorist Lee Dulin, to whom I am forever grateful. I dabbled my way through young adulthood, every once in a while producing what I could call a painting. Then later in the midst of a personal growth spurt (read “mid-life crisis”) I picked up the brush in earnest and began to produce paintings regularly.

I absolutely love working with vivid, saturated color forms and black line. I work intuitively, beginning with a main idea or a rough sketch and then allowing the process of putting paint on paper to guide me. I am often inspired by old unfinished paintings I find lying around and delight in turning them into something completely different from their original imaginings. In other words, painting is a wonderful form of play for me and I hope the joy contained in the doing seeps into the final piece.

Jan Richardson

Madison, WI
Aug-Sep 2018

I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, moved to Indiana, and subsequently relocated to Madison Wisconsin where I’ve lived since 1976. Although I graduated with a degree in art education many years ago, I took another career path resulting in graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in public policy and administration. I worked in the public sector for 35 years and retired five years ago. It was then I decided to return to my artwork.

I’ve focused on improving my drawing and painting skills by taking courses and workshops through the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, Madison College, Atwood Atelier, and individual artists. My current focus has been learning the classical approach to drawing and painting, which was not part of my earlier training. Most of my paintings are of live, local models, which introduces a level of complexity that has required constant concentration and practice.

Drawing and painting have provided exciting and challenging opportunities for me on many levels. I have also been fortunate to find groups of fellow artists, family, and friends that have been very supportive.

Elizabeth Sawyer Kelly

Madison, WI
Jun-Jul 2018

I paint with watercolors. I enjoy exploring patterns and color and what my subconscious wants me to express. I hope that viewers see something new in my paintings each time they look at them. Painting has allowed me to integrate the many and diverse interests I have and then express those ideas.

Dominique Taquet

Madison, WI
Feb-Mar 2018

I was born in Normandie, studied drawing at the French Beaux Arts school in Rouen, studied Sumi-E painting for three years while living in a temple in Japan, and finally studied engraving and etching in Montparnasse atelier in Paris. I have been living for the last 20 years in Madison. Working in black and white allows me to express my love of dramatic light contrasts. Intricate line work allows for the creation of movement and direction. My medium of choice is printmaking. The love of nonsterile environments, trees, and colorful people provide the ingredients for the main subjects in my work.

Mary Tilton

Waterloo, WI
Jun-Jul 2018

I have explored art for years in a wide variety of mediums, and in the past few years I’ve focused on the brilliance of mosaic and the quiet of watercolor. My education in chemistry led to a career that included both research and operations management, and that technical experience involved many aspects which now inform my art: material flow, color, close observation, and experimentation. I studied watercolor and drawing in classes at Madison College and UW-Madison Continuing Studies programs, and participated in several portrait and landscape watercolor workshops. I’m a proud Wisconsin native, and I’m grateful for the inspiration of our beautiful state.

As an artist, I try to tell a story using shapes. How pieces fit together to create a whole is a foundation for all my artistic endeavors, just as words are used to relate a story. My attention will be caught by the sweep of a tree limb, the gentle curve of a hillside, a posture that conveys attitude, or some other evocative pattern, and that will be the beginning of a painting. I add information to the central idea to create the entire composition, arranging pieces as necessary to achieve balance and meaning. I try to use both the emotion and the shapes of a scene to impart an essential feeling of place, time, or memory. I find the flowing and lively characteristics of watercolor to be the perfect medium to tell a story.

Kathryn Wedge

Neenah, WI
Apr-May 2018

My exhibition is inspired by water—the ever changing and precious nature of this life-giving resource. I like to explore the abstract forms that water can create. This exhibition includes watercolor and acrylic paintings inspired my travels throughout Wisconsin, the United States and abroad.

I have worked as a fine art painter and a graphic designer since graduating college with a bachelor of fine arts degree. My work is collected by individuals and corporations throughout the United States and is on display at several Fox Valley galleries and online at and I am a signature member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society and Northwest Watercolor Society and a professional member of the Wisconsin Visual Artists. I originally became aware of the Continuing Studies exhibit opportunity through the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board and previously exhibited at Continuing Studies in 2013.

I enjoy making art. I am always energized and amazed at what can be created from a blank piece of paper or canvas. The process, the transformation from idea to art, that’s what I love.

Although I use a variety of art media, I concentrate on water media, specifically watercolor, acrylic and casein. My work explores the themes of nature, architecture and the human form. I enjoy using paint to express the abstract forms found in representational images. My subject matter becomes the framework within which she plays with value, shape and color.

Susan Wulff

Oregon, WI
Aug-Sep 2018

I graduated from UW Madison in 1977 with a B.S. in Art Education and I continue to grow in my love for the arts by taking classes in photography, Photoshop and watercolor through UW-Madison Continuing Studies and other community programs. I am an avid traveler and enjoy capturing the uniqueness of each place I visit. I am currently starting a new journey to paint my pictures in watercolor. Madison is such a rich community for exposure to, involvement in, and enjoyment of the arts.