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The Promega Fall Art Showcase: In Harmony

MADISON, WI USA (September 10, 2019)

The Promega Fall Art Showcase presents ‘In Harmony,’ featuring artist Joe Willie Smith as well as several artists selected by Dane Arts, an executive office within the Dane County Government, with a mission to support the arts, history and culture of Dane County.

Smith is a multi-media artist who creates functional musical instruments out of found materials. He will hold a week-long residency at Promega, building instruments out of materials found at the company. He will perform and play his creations at the Fall Art Showcase opening reception and symposium.

Artists representing Dane Arts will include a time-stacking photographer, a fused glass artist, a wood sculptor, an artist who uses reclaimed skateboards in his pieces and several other local artists.

Exhibiting Artists representing Dane Arts will include:
Aaron Laux, Barbara Westfall, Daniella Willett-Rabin, Joseph Taylor, Jennika Bastian, Mark Weller, Dan Gardiner, and Jaroslava Sobiskova

Artists will tell the stories of their creative process and the inspiration behind their work during a symposium on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:30pm, followed by an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30pm 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.

Joe Willie Smith moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Arkansas in 1952. Repurposing materials has been a life-long pursuit. When he was very young, his mother would collect chipped white plates from the restaurant where she worked and give them to Joe to paint various things, usually animals. He also made potholders using loops made from recycled rags and flowers made from magazine pages, and his mother would sell whatever he created. He would scour recycling centers, fields, alleys and thrift stores for media. His present public art reflects community through conversation, observations and stories. Recycled materials are embedded with a sense of place, as well as natural and cultural history. It is very important to Joe that the materials he uses are sourced from the area where the work will be sited. He also incorporates steel and concrete into his work, using these materials as both a structural element and creative expression. Joe tries to create work that provokes the public to be inquisitive and hopefully inspired.

The Fall Art Showcase runs from Tuesday, September 17, 2019 through December 31, 2019. The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm and is made possible through support from Promega Corporation. The Fall Art Showcase is curated and produced by Daniel Swadener.

For more information about the Promega Art Showcase, visit www.promega-artshow.com. For future art show announcements, submit your name and email address to artshow@promega.com.

Joe Willie Smith
Painting #4
Stream of consciousness painting on the back of a real estate sign
Joe Willie Smith
Barbara Westfall
Freshwater Passageways
Fused glass, shell, carved cedar and willow on painted wood
Barbara Westfall
Mark Weller
Sunday at the Beach
Time stacking photography
Mark Weller
Aaron Laux
Imagination Scape
Walnut and Boxelder woods with glass and aluminum
Aaron Laux

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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