Overture Galleries provide an outlet for voices to be heard

Hannah Sandvold

“I appreciate how Overture is cognizant of the conversations our society needs to have.”

A Madison native, artist Hannah Sandvold claims printmaking as her most personal art form. Her work “Endgame” displayed in Overture’s spring 2020 cycle features a mixed media and woodblock printmaking series, focusing on landscapes using wood blocks from Glacier and Yosemite National Parks.

“The show was a combination of clean, simple pieces along with more elaborate collages, some of which contained up to 13 different blocks,” said Sandvold, a first-time Overture Galleries exhibitor.

The year before exhibiting, Sandvold attended an informational session for artists interested in submitting work to Overture Galleries. She found the session helpful and learned no prior experience was needed to apply.

“While artists can offer up past exhibits and accolades to show distinction, it’s not required by Overture Galleries,” said Sandvold. “That was helpful as a younger artist trying get into a high-exposure space.”

Once accepted to the spring exhibit, the process went very smoothly. Overture curators selected which artwork worked best together for the exhibits.

“I was very pleased,” said Sandvold. “Working with the Overture team and my co-exhibitor felt really collaborative.”

An unexpected perk was networking with other artists in the series.

“We had a chance to bond and enjoyed a nice camaraderie, which may lead to potential future joint opportunities,” said Sandvold.

Even before becoming an exhibitor, Sandvold was a fan of Overture Center, attending shows and the International Festival over the years and taking in the seasonal art exhibits.

“Overture brings in such a wide variety of patrons and artists with high-profile shows as well as lower cost, more accessible events, developing a strong following and appreciation for the arts in our community,” she said.

According to Sandvold, a performing arts center like Overture really shows the value of visual and performing arts in Madison.

“Overture has made great use of the space to share other art forms,” she said. “People may come to see a performance, but they get to view the galleries at the same time.”

Overture 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. The galleries are accessible to the public and exhibit work with relevant, intentional themes.

“I appreciate how Overture is cognizant of the conversations our society needs to have and how it provides artists with an outlet for their voices to be heard and artwork to be viewed, while equipping patrons with helpful talking points and prompting conversations,” said Sandvold.

Sandvold looks forward to when Overture Center is able to reopen and welcome back artists and fans to experience the transformational power of the arts.

“Art is vitally important in sharing with and better understanding one another and gives life purpose,” she said.

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