This art exhibit by Poonam Rao celebrates a few art forms of India. Rao was introduced to learning art at an early age and continued to hone Indian tribal forms of paintings. She works with different materials like ceramics, pottery, acrylics, oils and mixed media. Rao is a local teaching artist.

The brown and white earthy dual toned paintings called Warli tribal art depict the typical village life and reverence to all forms of life. The mandala series composed of concentric circles, spirals and lines are inspired by the traditional art of henna tattoos as well as raangoli (ra-an-go-li) which are design patterns created with coloured sand at the entrance of homes. In some families this is a daily tradition and elaborate designs are reserved for festivals. Typically made of bright colored backgrounds in primary and secondary colors, the series has been adapted to suit both neutral and ethnic home decor themes.

“I hope you enjoy the exhibit. It is very fulfilling to hear viewer feedback. Please let me know your thoughts at” -Poonam Rao

Exhibit is on display at UW Health at the American Center in the cafeteria. 


  • Starting Wednesday, July 31st, 2019, repeated every day until Tuesday, October 29, 2019 — all day


UW Health at the American Center

4602 Eastpark Blvd.
Madison , WI 53718


Mandy Kron, Art Coordinator