TUE, SEP 7, 2021 – SUN, JAN 16, 2022
Overture Galleries Fall Exhibitions
Madison is a globally renowned center for mapmaking. University of Wisconsin’s strong cartography program, has been housed in the geography department since the 1940s. Today, the Dane County cartography community includes student training labs, mapping companies, government mapmaking agencies, and a map library. Oftentimes, when you look at a map, the people responsible for creating it work, or were initially trained here in the Madison area.
We are all connected to one another—what you do here, in Madison, matters to someone across the globe, just as their actions matter to you. Whether it be how we treat our air, land, and water, or how we educate and care for people, the impacts have rippling effects. Geographers are asked to stand in the shoes of others, living in very different circumstances. Maps help us to see the everyday world around us in new ways, build connections, identify patterns, and visualize phenomena. We are here in this world together.
This exhibit was developed by the University of Wisconsin Cartography Lab, a center of innovation for map design, interactive visualization, and geographic thinking.
GALLERY II – Fragility – Shelby Gahm, Stephenie Hamen & Eric Hazeltine
Shelby Gahm, Stephenie Hamen and Eric Hazeltine explore extraordinary and fragile aspects of the human body and psyche. Gahm’s work explores ideas of what constitutes a home. She considers the human nature of collecting memory, which memories we choose to carry with us and how that shapes who we are and, therefore, the home we carry within ourselves throughout our lives. Through painting, Hamen reveals the truth and strength of living with chronic invisible illness. Hazeltine’s artistic process represents the dichotomy of destruction and conservation within the physical body.
GALLERY III – Take Me There. – Landes Sullivan & William Del Moral
Landes Sullivan and William Del Moral cultivate human connection through art. Del Moral evokes feelings of hope, humanity and unity through his dense, vibrant paintings. Sullivan creates with intentionality, building colorful mixed media wall sculptures that surround, engage and inspire the viewer.
PLAYHOUSE GALLERY – Everything COVID
SAT, SEP 25, 2021 – SUN, JAN 23, 2022
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted all lives around the planet. This exhibit gathers experiences and expressions from throughout our community and beyond and serves as a way to grieve our loss, understand our unique and collective experiences and move forward in connection and compassion.
Young people are often expected to claim their own spaces, yet societal systems actively work against them. Often, staying invisible is easier. Claiming space takes bravery, openness, and support. Yet, finding belonging within that space allows youth and their peers to thrive in their fullest forms.
This exhibition features two bold murals. In the summer of 2021, these works were each painted by a different group of young people, in a different location, with the guidance of a different artist. Despite those context differences, “I Belong” and “Crowns in Chaos” were both created with the same deep level of intentionality, truth, and care.
This collaborative exhibition is made possible by support from The Bubbler at Madison Public Library, Overture Center, Madison Public Library Foundation, Dear Diary of Madison and the Dane County Juvenile Shelter.
Teen residents and staff members of the Dane County Juvenile Shelter Home. Audifax, lead artist
We all have experiences where we feel we are not able to be part of something, lost in a world that we don’t feel we belong in; it’s frustrating and scary, especially as a teen. This work represents growth that takes place when feeling accepted and appreciated.
“It doesn’t matter where you are, you can find that sense of home if you surround yourself with people willing to be open, and by embracing who you are. This starts with knowing ourselves, bit by bit relaxing into who we were and realizing the potential of who we can become.”
Dane County Juvenile Shelter Home is a temporary living facility for Dane County young people under the age of 18. This mural is a culmination of a collaboration between The Bubbler at Madison Public Library and Bubbler teaching artists, Dane County Juvenile Shelter Home, and artist Audifax.
Dear Diary Teens: Kadence, Sydney, Aviana, Shiloah, Sariyah, and Allycia
Shiloah Symone Coley, lead artist
This work speaks to the wholeness Black women experience when supporting one another for exactly who they are. Living as a Black young woman in the Madison area can feel extremely isolating, but living as Black young women, together, can bring a sense of strength and understanding.
“When we work together, we get stuff done and do our work with passion and pride. We each have different strengths as well as our own personalities. Our identities as Black women are empowering and eminent. The mural as a whole represents Black sisterhood, and a support between Black young girls…a sense of calmness yet chaos in different parts…”
Dear Diary of Madison is committed to fostering a community in which Black and Brown girls feel supported, competent, and safe. This mural is a culmination of a collaboration between Dear Diary Teens, The Bubbler at Madison Public Library and artist Shiloah Symone Coley.
Learn about the impact of the Overture Galleries in the following personal testimonies:
• Erin Liljegren: Overture Galleries exhibit inspires local artist to make more art
• Robert Jaeger: Local artist shares what Overture means to him and the Madison community
• Hannah Sandvold: Overture Galleries provide an outlet for voices to be heard
Overture Center’s four galleries create a forum for diverse artistic expression that fosters the growth of local artists, curators and arts organizations. Three galleries radiate off Rotunda Lobby, and the Playhouse Gallery serves as the lobby for The Playhouse Theater. Overture Galleries are free and open to the public.
At this time gallery hours will follow general building hours listed here:
For more information about these exhibits, please contact our Community and Education Program Manager, Beth Racette at email@example.com