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 three 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 Mon, Wed, Thu, and Fri 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Tue 7:45 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thank you to all the artists.

The Call for Artists for 2020-2021 is now closed.

2019-2020 schedule

Dates WI Idea Room West Hallway East Hallway
Feb–Mar ’19 Jo Morgan Varla Bishop Dominique Tacquet
Apr–May ’19 Kathryn Akbik Mary Kay Ruder Teddy Kaul
June–July ’19 Kathryn Akbik Bill Nitzke Susan Hering
Aug–Sept ’19 Skot Weidemann Vanessa Greenwald Issis Macias
Oct–Nov ’19 Skot Weidemann Parul Trivedi Katie Swanson
Dec ’19–Jan ’20 Wendy Crone Ann Geocaris Kristin Shafel
Feb–Mar ’20 Wendy Crone Bernie Tennis Marissa Recker

2019-2020 Artists

Kathryn Akbik

Madison WI
Apr–May ’19
The natural world has always fascinated me, and as a subject for artistic exploration it provides endless inspiration—from the textures of fur and feathers to the play of light on shapes and volumes and the quirks of personality and expression. In relief printmaking, I can add to these considerations the textures provided by the chosen matrix: wood or PVC or linoleum, and the size and quality of line. The carving of the block can be a somewhat physical, but at the same time a meditative process that allows me to further immerse myself in the creation of the finished work.

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.

Wendy Crone

McFarland, WI
Dec ’19–Jan ’20
Capturing a place and time in a painting is a special way to remember where you have been, what you were doing, and who you were with at the time. This collection of pastel paintings is a small travel log exhibit of our four-month stay in Italy. I was able to do many of the paintings while in Italy, either in our apartment or on location. It was great fun to carry my easel and painting supplies through Florence and find locations to paint! Other pieces in the exhibit were painted from photo references upon returning home, allowing me to savor those experiences once again. While in Italy with my family, I was a faculty co-lead for the UW-Madison Study Abroad program in Florence and enjoyed interacting with the 32 students who came with us on the trip. Although much of our time in Italy was spent working (on both teaching and research), we had the opportunity to take a number of weekend trips to visit a variety of places within Italy. In addition to Florence, these paintings represent locations in Val D’Orcia, Marina di Pisa, and Siusi which we visited. I am working with the Division of Continuing Studies at UW-Madison to create a new summer course for non-engineering majors based on the class I taught while in Italy: Principles of Engineering from the Renaissance to Modern Times.

Ann Geocaris

Madison, WI
Dec ’19–Jan ’20
Drawing, coloring, painting, and cartooning have always been some of my favorite activities. Looking at bright colors helps make feel happier, and the process of laying paint on various surfaces just feels good and fascinates me. I hope that my art helps viewers pause for a moment and enjoy a scene that transports them out of their current reality and helps them enjoy another time and place.

Vanessa Greenwald

Madison, WI
Aug–Sept ’19
My reason for creating this work is for understanding—to comprehend the beauty of interaction—by combining two seemingly unrelated images. I am a film photographer and I focus primarily on collage. I combine photographs that in my mind share a common element or that I find aesthetically pleasing. I try to make sure that the photographs together enhance their opposite without taking away from the single print. Nature, objects, people, and how they interact with each other are all sources of curiosity and inspiration.

Susan Hering

Madison, WI
June–July ’19
I don’t get to paint often now, while I’m working full-time in the Department of Economics here at UW-Madison, but when I do, I paint with oils on fair-sized canvasses. My paintings grow from current events. “Cargo” is, most immediately, a painting representing soldiers in the hold of a military plane on their way to Afghanistan. To me, it carries undertones of the human cargo of the slave ships as well as the train cars transporting Jews to concentration camps. “Haiti” was painted in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that levelled much of Haiti in January 2010, killing over 200,000 people. And “Aish,” pronounced “Aye-eesh,” is the colloquial Egyptian for their flatbread, along with being the word for “life.” “Bread, life, and social justice” was one of the rallying cries of the Egyptian revolution that toppled Mubarak from power in 2011. I was there that summer.

Teddy Kahl

Madison, WI
Apr–May ’19
My name is Teddy Kaul and I have been working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2009. Since August of 2011 I have been the Undergraduate Program Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Art History. We have a truly incredible population of Senior Guest Auditors interested in our courses and I work very closely with the auditors, and with the Division of Continuing Studies, to help ensure that our auditing population enjoys a quality enrollment and classroom experience. This collection of photographs is just a sampling of some of the interesting, the beautiful, and the unique that I’ve had the privilege of capturing on camera in the natural settings I’ve visited over the years.

Issis Macias

Madison, WI
Aug–Sept ’19
Issis Macias is a self-taught artist, born and raised in Southern California. In 2012, while exploring Los Angeles’ eclectic art scene, an encounter with a community of accomplished painters, musicians, and photographers ignited an exploration of “self” and a curiosity for artistic expression. Today, her paintings are varied in style, reflecting an intuitive process and approach. She primarily works with acrylic and spray paints on canvas and enjoys the meditative process of using mixed media. Her textures, forms, and shapes are derived from her freestyle methods of spreading paint with canvas keys, wooden rulers, and bare hands. The result is a distinctive body of abstract artwork that is vibrant and emotive. Joy, exuberance, melancholy, and rage are all transmuted in her paintings. Currently residing in Madison, Wisconsin, she finds inspiration in the simplicity of life, soul connections, music, and travels.

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.

Bill Nitzke

Cottage Grove, WI
June–July ’19
I have always loved natural beauty in its purest forms and I try to capture this in my photography with little or very little post processing. If I can convey to the viewer the simple beauty nature affords in form, shape, and color then I will have accomplished my goal. I have been a photographer for 30 years but only as an amateur and my “continuing study” will never end. My wife, Susan, was a professor in Nutritional Sciences and a watercolor artist and also exhibited and was an instructor with Continuing Studies, and we both enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of the gallery exhibition.

Marissa Recker

Madison, WI
Feb–Mar ’20
My name is Marissa Recker and I am an abstract fluid artist. I paint with various liquid media to create vibrant pieces inspired by my day-to-day life. I hope that my work elicits outward joy with a hidden call to contemplation. I found fluid art after completing my undergraduate degree in Chicago.

Mary Kay Ruder

Madison, WI
Apr–May ’19
I have been a watercolor artist for the last 20 years, and when I moved to Madison 2 1/2 years ago I decided to give oils a try. I immediately fell in love with them and found them so much more forgiving.

Kristin Shafel

Madison, WI
Dec ’19–Jan ’20
My photorealistic graphite pencil drawings of the human figure focus closely on an expressive physical gesture or a particularly significant facial expression. Through the intimacy and delicacy of black-and-white portraiture I strive for connection between viewer, subject, and myself. Family and friends are central to my work, and music profoundly inspires me as well. As a conservatory-trained musician, capturing on paper the musicians I admire satisfies and motivates me to continue to express myself through portraiture and music making. In my position at the UW–Madison Mead Witter School of Music, I work in collaboration with some Continuing Studies faculty and staff on certain music-related programs, such as Winds of Wisconsin, Summer Music Clinic, and the enrollment of community members in our choirs.

Katie Swanson

Janesville, WI
Oct–Nov ’19
I am interested in exploring many mediums and styles. In this collection, the “Iris Series,” I took one image and repeated it in a series. Each picture is the same subject so they are related. The only difference is the material used to make it. For example, I have done some in watercolor but also in oil, pastel, relief print, charcoal, pen and ink, colored pencil, graphite, collage, and intaglio printing. I have more of the series, with photos and acrylic versions. I like to experiment with different textures and color schemes within each piece so that there is variety in the series. I normally do portraits but I also like flowers and animals. I try to include art in my life as much as I can, doing printing and pottery and watercolor and drawing in my spare time. Even for my job; I work as a drawing and painting instructor at Michael’s Arts and Crafts store in Janesville.

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.

Bernie Tennis

Madison, WI
Feb–Mar ’20
Like many people, I loved to draw and paint early in life but, also like many people, I dropped this activity sometime in my teen years when other interests arose. After taking a degree in an unrelated field I found I had a passion for art, and so as an adult I set about (re)discovering myself as an artist. Though I will draw anything, and love to paint landscapes, my favorite subject has always been people. For the last 25 years I have worked at art fairs and events of all types, drawing patrons and guests. I’ve attended studio painting sessions at the UW and for a time worked a half-time position at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Now I am a full-time artist. My most serious work is done in watercolor. I enjoy the immediacy and vibrancy (and unpredictability) of the medium and the way colors can interact without compromising their individuality. And there are almost as many styles of watercolor painting as there are watercolor painters, so the possibilities are without bound. But watercolor can also be quite unforgiving if you lose your way in the course of a painting. I compare the process of painting a watercolor to owning a cat: you can control it to a certain degree but you’re mostly better off letting it do whatever it wants.

Parul Trivedi

Madison, WI
Oct–Nov ’19
I learned to sew and embroider from my mother, but I am primarily a self-taught artist. I design my own quilt patterns and enjoy making one-of-a-kind quilts. I enjoy creating mixed media collages with a strong foundation in textiles. By using a combination of bold colors and widely varied techniques, I can create a strong feeling of movement and energy in my art. Each piece is a story told through movement and color. I am inspired by everything around me: travels, garden, and my family.

Skot Weidemann

Madison, WI
Oct–Nov ’19
Photography for others has been my full time work for many years. What I have chosen to show at my current photography exhibits (several recent shows at other UW facilities) is a series of captured views of things I have seen in my travels about my longtime neighborhood, mostly in Southern Wisconsin. Another fascination is in aerial viewpoints, precipitated by a lifetime interest in flying in small aircraft. Being from a rural background, you will probably notice a rural look in some of my work. I hope you enjoy.