Arts & Theater News

The university may bring artists here, but it’s the community they find that makes them stay. The four artists profiled in this story — 4D grad student Anwar Floyd-Pruitt, queer artist and educator Alaura Borealis, new photography professor Tomiko Jones and painter/entrepreneur Evan Gruzis — are all relatively new to Madison’s art scene. 

When photographer Tomiko Jones travels, she likes to make cyanotypes — a simple, alternative photo process that involves chemically treated paper and UV light — using the water from a local reservoir or river. The natural water can make the picture cloudy if it was a little muddy, but Jones …

On a spring day in 2016, artist Alaura Borealis loaded bookshelves, barstools and blankets into a U-Haul and drove it all to a gallery on Winnebago Street.

Anwar Floyd-Pruitt has made thousands of faces. Each one is a single, unbroken line tracing eyes, ears, lips and a nose in pen and ink or silicone caulk.

Friday marks two important occasions for Linda Leighton: The 20th anniversary of Higher Fire, her clay studio at 2132 Regent St., and the 30-year mark for Madison’s Fall Gallery Night.

When “Joel Shapiro: The Bronzes” opens with a reception at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday, even the artist himself will be seeing many of the monumental sculptures together for the first time.

“Little Miss Sunshine” is about a journey, in more ways than one. The musical play got its start as a movie – filmed with an $8 million budget, grossing more than $100 million and winning two Academy Awards in 2006 – then a few years later was retooled into a stage show by William Finn and J…

Sandra Gajic will be the first woman to lead the Overture Center. She was most recently the director of Vancouver Civic Theatres.