Illuminate: Year of the Arts spotlights the breadth, depth, power, and purpose of artistic exploration and expression at UW–Madison. From September 2010 through August 2011, more than 300 performances, exhibits, symposia, public events, publications, distinguished visiting speakers, and on-line resources will celebrate the many ways the arts help us see differently, and see more.
Listen to the "Madison Minute" interview with Andrew Taylor, Year of the Arts co-chair and Director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration:
APRIL 27 - MAY 1, 2010 Campus Arts Homecoming and Open House Year of the Arts Closing Event
ILLUMINATE: UW-Madison Year of the Arts 2010-11 ends the academic year by highlighting the campus arts scene in an extended celebration Wednesday, April 27th - Sunday, May 1st, 2011.
The Campus Arts Homecoming and Open House offers the opportunity to enjoy talks, exhibits, kids’ activities, and performances all over campus. The public is invited to meet faculty and students who make up the campus arts community and explore the arts on campus.
Watch, listen, and learn! Enjoy dance and musical performances. View glass blowing, printmaking, and ceramics demos at the Art Lofts Demo Extravaganza on Wednesday, April 27th. Take in Kabuki theatre and fashion design. View art in motion as students from UW Artist-in-Residence Tad Gloeckler’s Drag Space course present a mobile installation mounted on a cargo bicycle on the UW-Madison campus and in Madison’s downtown area. Take advantage of the many arts events happening on campus all weekend long! Check the schedule for full details.
Experience UW's vibrant arts scene. Celebrate ILLUMINATE: Year of the Arts.
PREVIOUS EVENTS Rocco Landesman with Chancellor Martin Year of the Arts Launch Event
Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts, Broadway producer, and UW-Madison alumni joined Chancellor Biddy Martin on September 16, 2010 to open the Year of the Arts on the Memorial Union Terrace. Mr. Landesman spoke to the value, impact, and relevance of the arts to campus and community, and explored the Federal role in connecting the arts to larger civic goals.
Corridor to the Arts An hour of repeating performances by UW Arts students
Prior to the Year of the Arts launch event, the public enjoyed the Corridor to the Arts. On East Campus Mall and Vilas Hall's many terraces, across the bridge to Humanities' outdoor spaces, on the steps of Lathrop Hall, and around Library Mall, musicians, dancers, actors, and visual artists performed and showed work for the public to enjoy. Performances repeated throughout the hour.
Year of the Arts Parade & All-Campus Arts Fair A parade and fair to celebrate the launch of UW-Madison's Year of the Arts
UW Arts students and faculty assembled on East Campus Mall at 11:30AM, along with other members of the campus community and the public-at-large, and to "give a face to the arts" in a masquerade-style parade across campus to the Memorial Union Terrace for the official launch event of ILLUMINATE: Year of the Arts. An All-Campus Arts Fair - featuring performances and demonstrations by student arts groups - followed Chancellor Martin's and Mr. Landesman's remarks. It was quite a celebration!!
October 21-22, 2010 Elusive Truths: The Cinema of Errol Morris
Errol Morris, Academy-award winning documentarian, historian and ’69 UW-Madison graduate visited campus to participate in lectures and talks surrounding a viewing of his work. The public enjoyed a full retrospective of his films from Sep 4-Oct 16, which ncluded screenings of The Thin Blue Line, A Brief History of Time, and The Fog of War, among many others. Check the Elusive Truths website for the full schedule and event details.
March 24-26, 2011 Sunlight Project and Symposium
The Arts, the Humanities, and Local Participants Remember and Refigure the Vietnam War in the Present. THREE DAYS. TEN EVENTS. Dance, art, story, film, panel discussions, and a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss. Veterans, alumni, faculty, and administration join the conversation. Presented by the Dance Department with support from Anonymous Fund, School of Education, Academic Technology (DoIT), Art Department, Hilldale Fund, MERIT (SOE), Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, and the Arts Institute. Read more about events here.
March 28-29, 2011 Carl Djerassi
Carl Djerassi, award winning chemist, novelist, playwright, art collector, and ’45 UW-Madison Ph.D. graduate as well as '95 honorary degree recipient, visited campus to speak surrounding a staged reading of his latest theatre work, FOREPLAY, dealing with Hannah Arendt, Theodore and Gretel Adorno, and Walter Benjamin. The reading, remarks, and a book signing took place on March 29th from 5:00-7:30pm at Town Center in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Dr. Djerassi’s visit to campus was a combined effort from Theatre & Drama, Creative Writing, Chemistry, UW Press, and the Arts Institute. Read more about events here.