There was a time during the late 1960s, when Aaron Bohrod’s trompe l’oeil painting seemed ubiquitous – at least in Madison, at least in my still-then relatively small universe. Bohrod was the University of Wisconsin’s artist-in residence from 1948 to 1973. In 1963, Bohrod painted a portrait of Conrad Elvehjem, the thirteenth president of the […]

Thousands of people walk by it every day, but few stop to take a look at “Wave,” the sculpture commissioned to celebrate the renovation of Chamberlin Hall, the new Department of Physics Home on the UW-Madison campus. Created by sculptor Peter Flanary and funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board’s Percent for Art Program, the sculpture […]

Máquina (“machine,” in Spanish), the fountain, is part of a dynamic system that uses water as a liquid, vapor and solid. Created by William Conrad Severson, it is the focal point of the Engineering Mall on The UW-Madison campus. According to information on the College of Engineering website, the fountain is interactive: Students can manipulate […]

There were two questions people kept asking one another Friday evening at the Chazen Museum of Art: “Did you get in to hear the lecture before they locked the doors?” and “Have you ever seen such a large crowd at an event like this?” The occasion was a public reception for the opening of “Small […]

Amble around Madison’s near East Side and you’re likely to encounter some of Sid Boyum’s concrete sculptures. Perhaps the white lantern located on a landscaped area near the intersection of Atwood Avenue and Winnebago Street, the intriguing tangle of limbs and faces near the intersection of Atwood and Division Street, or the smiling mushroom and […]