MADISON, WI, USA (August 29, 2018)
Fall Showcase, will feature paintings and sculptures by Mona Boulware Webb, also known as the “Queen of Willy Street,” a major contributor and influencer to the Madison art scene in the 1960s and 70s. The VSA (Very Special Arts) Wisconsin’s Traveling Exhibition will also be featured, consisting of 30 pieces of award-winning artwork by artists with disabilities from youth to adults. This exhibition offers a unique glimpse of the often under-recognized creative talents of people with disabilities and also showcases the impact all artists have in our community.
The Fall Art Showcase will continue with this year’s overall theme of celebrating Wisconsin creativity. Mona’s artwork bridges the Summer and Fall Showcases because of her integral connection with the
Willy Street Fair. Webb was one of the original founders of the fair which has been in existence for the last 40 years. A special screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Gods of Beauty’ by Niels Nielsen will be shown at the opening reception. The film features raw interviews with Mona in her Wayhouse of Light studio, surrounded by her artwork.
Artists will tell the stories of their creative process and the inspiration behind their work during a symposium on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, followed by a reception featuring music by Hanah Jon Taylor from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, 5445 E Cheryl Parkway in Fitchburg. Both events are open to the public.
A note about parking: Due to construction projects going on in the area, please plan for extra time to find parking prior to the start of the event.
Hailed as the “Queen of Willy Street,”
Mona Boulware Webb (1914 – 1998) was a painter, sculptor and a major contributor and influencer to the Madison art scene. A Houston, Texas, native, Webb moved to Mexico City early in her career, and was inspired by a rich tradition of visual art that included pre-Columbian ceramics, folk carvings and textiles and the revolutionary murals of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. In the early 1960s, Webb resettled in Madison, Wisconsin, and opened the Wayhouse of Light, named to suggest a shelter for pilgrims,
at 1354 Williamson (“Willy”) Street. The building was more than a home and studio for Webb; it
also served as a collaborative artists’ space and lively community cultural center for the next
three decades. Mona’s paintings and sculptures will be on loan from Edgewood College Gallery. Each year,
VSA Wisconsin issues a Call for Art inviting Wisconsin artists with disabilities to submit artwork for review by a jury of arts professionals, who look for originality, creativity and craftsmanship. Approximately 300 pieces of work are entered. Ten pieces are chosen as winners in the categories of youth, young adult, and adult. Then those ten are added to the collection of previous years’ winners to become the full Creative Power exhibition. The exhibition generates increased public awareness of the artistic and creative talents of artists with disabilities and is viewed by an estimated 10,000 people each year. Many of the award winners go on to have a career as a working artist or continue their art-making as a hobby.
The Fall Art Showcase runs from Tuesday, September 18, 2018, through December 28, 2018. The exhibition is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and is made possible through support from Promega Corporation. The Fall Art Showcase is curated and produced by Daniel Swadener.
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Mona Boulware Webb
3D Explosion of Water and Trees
VSA Traveling Exhibition
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VSA Traveling Exhibition
Promega Corporation has sponsored the Art Showcase since 1996 as part of the company's commitment to creativity and innovation in the arts, culture and sciences. The Biopharmaceutical Technology Center, located on 5445 East Cheryl Parkway two miles south of Highway 12/18 (Beltline) off Fish Hatchery Road, was developed in part to provide Promega employees and community members a place to pursue these objectives.
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