Arts & Theater News

The Madison Municipal Building reopened to the public on Saturday and featured work by more than a dozen artists, including painters Pranav Sood and Katherine Rosing, photographers Tom Jones, Craig Wilson and Zane Williams, muralist Pete Hodapp and sculptor Aris Georgiades. 

When staff at the Chazen Museum of Art began to install the museum’s latest exhibition – titled “Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home” – the subject was feeling particularly timely.

In the first few minutes of the new play “Infamous Mothers,” a character describes how she rose above the many challenges that life put before her: poverty, abuse, unexpected pregnancy, self-doubt.

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.