James Watrous Gallery

James Watrous Gallery Learn about, engage with, and enjoy contemporary art by Wisconsin artists at James Watrous Gallery.

Founded in 2004, the Watrous Gallery is a program of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.

Wisconsin Academy staff are ready to welcome you to Ada Limón’s “Poetry and the Natural World” tonight! Still want a tic...
05/23/2024

Wisconsin Academy staff are ready to welcome you to Ada Limón’s “Poetry and the Natural World” tonight! Still want a ticket? You can attend online or in-person by purchasing a ticket at wisconsinacademy.org/events

5-10-100: Women Artists Forward! On view May 24-August 8, 2024Artists’ Reception June 6, 5:30-7:30pmThe exhibition celeb...
05/20/2024

5-10-100: Women Artists Forward!
On view May 24-August 8, 2024
Artists’ Reception June 6, 5:30-7:30pm

The exhibition celebrates the fifth anniversary of the groundbreaking Women Artists Forward Fund and its Forward Art Prize winners. Come see what they have accomplished!

Co-founded by artists Brenda Baker and Bird Ross in 2019, the Women Artists Forward Fund was established to address gender disparity issues that affect women artists, providing them with financial resources to strengthen their work as well as recognition and community support.

The Forward Art Prize offers two annual, unrestricted $10,000 awards for female-identifying artists living in Dane County who show exceptional creativity and compelling prospects for the future. Apply Now through June 15, 2024 at https://www.womenartistsforwardfund.org/grant-recipients
Artwork shown by Yeonhee Cheong, Alice Traore, and Mary Bero .cheong

Behind the scenes installation! Katherine Steichen Rosing is one of the Forward Art Prize winners whose artworks will be...
05/17/2024

Behind the scenes installation!

Katherine Steichen Rosing is one of the Forward Art Prize winners whose artworks will be shown in the upcoming exhibition. Helping out are our fabulous gallery assistants Matti and Yong Cha and gallery director Jody

Opening next week! 5-10-100: Women Artists Forward! Celebrating the Forward Art Prize: 5 years, 10 winners, and 100K in awards!



It’s been a busy week at Watrous Gallery! Never a dull moment prepping for a new exhibition. Especially with so many tal...
05/10/2024

It’s been a busy week at Watrous Gallery! Never a dull moment prepping for a new exhibition. Especially with so many talented artists!

5-10-100: Women Artists Forward opens May 24, 2024

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The Wisconsin Academy’s spring 2024 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine is out now! Lots of great content includi...
04/26/2024

The Wisconsin Academy’s spring 2024 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine is out now! Lots of great content including this piece about ceramic glazes at the Center for the Visual Arts written by Sarah E. White

Visit wisconsinacademy.org to read more!



Jayne's Friday (and last) post:o switch things up a little, I’m going to finish off our takeover week with some images o...
04/24/2024

Jayne's Friday (and last) post:
o switch things up a little, I’m going to finish off our takeover week with some images of one of the handmade books in the show. Titled “my beloved is mine”, I made this book for my BFA exhibit in the fall of 2021 as I was graduating from SAIC to accompany the porcelain vessels. Housed in a deconstructed anatomy textbook, the collages that make up “my beloved is mine” include my dad’s black and white film photography, old maps and atlas pages, buttons, antique snapshots, my braided hair, fossilized crinoids I collected as a child, my grandma’s handwritten recipes, and more. I think of this piece as a catalog of the many forms a ghost can take.

I also wanted to give a little sneak peek of my current work in progress, no title yet but thinking of music and the vividness of the memories it can capture ✨Thanks so much for following along this week, and to Watrous Gallery for giving my work a home for my first solo show!! It’s been a delight every step of the way :)

unearthed is on view until May 5 ~

That’s all! Be well,
Jayne


04/18/2024

Jayne's Thursday Post: The finished piece vs. the inspiration ✨

I made this piece titled, Hibernation (Tulipiere), while participating in a two week residency at the wonderful Peters Valley School of Craft in October 2022. Inspired by the rich fall landscape and local wildlife, my hope for this piece was to give the viewer a sense of being present in that moment in time and space.

A tulipiere, or tulip holder, is an ornate multi-spouted vessel in which to display tulip stems, usually made of hand-crafted pottery, classically delftware.

The quote wrapping around the middle, by Oscar Wilde, says “with bright eyes the rabbit peers from the dark warren the fir-cones lie”.

Thanks for following along!! I’ll be back tomorrow for my last post with ❣️

-Jayne

Jayne's Tuesday Post: Today I’d like to begin by talking about where the creative process starts and how I get the ball ...
04/16/2024

Jayne's Tuesday Post: Today I’d like to begin by talking about where the creative process starts and how I get the ball rolling on a new project :) Images here are some of the earliest sketches and thought maps of the works currently on view at James Watrous Gallery for unearthed, which is on view through 5/5.

Before I go to the studio, I go to the library, spend hours going through photo archives of museums, analyze maps, observe natural areas in person, and conduct interviews, then organize the information into groups of relevance that later become the defined strata you see on the finished works. Once the research phase is complete, I do a series of sketches to narrow down the final design, then get myself to the studio to start working with the clay.
One of the other main ways I work through ideas and how they relate to one another is through word mapping. I choose a thematically familiar starting point and begin branching out from there, forming connections and associations. I then fill in the spaces between the words, which helps me to see new relationships between ideas and find points of inspiration to work with. I totally recommend trying this out if you ever feel “stuck in one place” in the studio!
My other favorite ways to generate creative energy include spending time working in my garden, rock climbing, foraging, reading, and cooking :)

Hope you enjoyed this little behind the scenes look at how the ideas get from the brain to the page! I’ll be back tomorrow to discuss the studio process itself 💗 Have a lovely day!

-Jayne
Jayne's

Get ready for our guest artist social media takeover! Exhibiting artist Jayne King will run the Watrous Gallery Instagra...
04/12/2024

Get ready for our guest artist social media takeover!

Exhibiting artist Jayne King will run the Watrous Gallery Instagram account as a collaborator Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19! Make sure to follow along! 👉

Jayne will highlight their artistic journey, influences, and current practice in addition to discussing their favorite pieces of work!

You can view Jayne’s exhibition, “unearthed” in-person at the gallery through May 5.

The sun is out and the gallery is open until 6pm today! Come by and see some unique and inspiring ceramic and textile ar...
04/05/2024

The sun is out and the gallery is open until 6pm today! Come by and see some unique and inspiring ceramic and textile art

Photo of Watrous Gallery as viewed from across the Overture Center rotunda with shadows

Come see for yourself! Paired solo exhibitions, Lisa Marie Barber’s “Playground” and Jayne King’s “unearthed” on view no...
04/04/2024

Come see for yourself!
Paired solo exhibitions, Lisa Marie Barber’s “Playground” and Jayne King’s “unearthed” on view now through May 5

Finding bright cheery flowers and garden scenes in the gallery on this gloomy spring day! Stop in the gallery Thursday t...
03/26/2024

Finding bright cheery flowers and garden scenes in the gallery on this gloomy spring day!

Stop in the gallery Thursday through Sunday to view paired solo exhibitions “Playground” by Lisa Marie Barber and “unearthed” by Jayne King

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 14, 2024For the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards (WVAAA) ceremony honoring individuals and o...
03/18/2024

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 14, 2024
For the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards (WVAAA) ceremony honoring individuals and organizations that are significantly enriching the visual arts of the state.

The three founding organizations—the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters—recognize educators, writers, visual artists, exhibitions, and advocates in our creative communities.

Exhibition Now Open! Artists’ Reception and Talk Saturday, February 24, 5:30-7:30pm Free and open to the public. Overtur...
02/24/2024

Exhibition Now Open!
Artists’ Reception and Talk Saturday, February 24, 5:30-7:30pm

Free and open to the public. Overture Center for the Arts, 3rd Floor. Remarks at 6pm with light refreshments.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by

Images:
Details of artworks currently on display in the James Watrous Gallery as part of Lisa Marie Barber’s Playground exhibit and Jayne King’s unearthed exhibit.

Lisa Marie Barber:
Slide 1-Blue Bird detail with Flower Friends in background
Slide 2-Pillow Flowers detail
Slide 3-Playground detail
Slide 4-Star Girl detail with Mamacita’s House in background
Slide 5-Angels detail

Jayne King:
Slide 6-Freak of Nature detail
Slide 7-Moonlight Sonata detail
Slide 8-Hibernation (Tulipiere) detail
Slide 9-Sunset Over the Chicago Skyline detail
Slide 10-Home Sweet Home detail

Exhibition Now Open! Artists’ Reception and Talk Saturday, February 24, 5:30-7:30pm Free and open to the public. Overtur...
02/23/2024

Exhibition Now Open!
Artists’ Reception and Talk Saturday, February 24, 5:30-7:30pm

Free and open to the public. Overture Center for the Arts, 3rd Floor. Remarks at 6pm with light refreshments.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by

Images:
Details of artworks currently on display in the James Watrous Gallery as part of Lisa Marie Barber’s Playground exhibit and Jayne King’s unearthed exhibit.

Lisa Marie Barber:
Slide 1-Blue Bird detail with Flower Friends in background
Slide 2-Pillow Flowers detail
Slide 3-Playground detail
Slide 4-Star Girl detail with Mamacita’s House in background
Slide 5-Angels detail

Jayne King:
Slide 6-Freak of Nature detail
Slide 7-Moonlight Sonata detail
Slide 8-Hibernation (Tulipiere) detail
Slide 9-Sunset. Over the Chicago Skyline detail
Slide 10-Home Sweet Home detail

"Brimming with bold color and sculptural energy, both Barber and King's work in clay and mixed media is closely connecte...
02/22/2024

"Brimming with bold color and sculptural energy, both Barber and King's work in clay and mixed media is closely connected to their personal experience and cultural heritage," says Watrous Gallery Director Jody Clowes. "Barber's ceramic tableau recall Latin-inflected Catholic shrines from the American Southwest, while King's vessels are layered with stories and histories drawn from their Midwestern Jewish family."

Come celebrate the opening of these exhibitions with the artists! Artists' talks begin at 6:00pm.

Admission is free and the public is welcome. The James Watrous Gallery is located on the third floor of Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison.

The James Watrous Gallery is dedicated to celebrating Wisconsin artists. A program of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, the Watrous Gallery focuses on solo exhibits by contemporary Wisconsin artists and curated shows that reflect the Wisconsin Academy's interest in drawing connections between art and other disciplines.

These exhibitions are made possible in part by a grant from Dane Arts.

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Sending a big thank you to Hilary Dugan from the UW-Madison Center for Limnology for such a fabulous talk at the gallery...
02/06/2024

Sending a big thank you to Hilary Dugan from the UW-Madison Center for Limnology for such a fabulous talk at the gallery in conjunction with Mary Burns’ exhibition Women and Water ! If you missed the talk, Science on Ice: Why Winter is the New Frontier for Freshwater Sciences, you can watch the recording online on our website or on our Vimeo page

What a lovely poetry event! Thank you to everyone who came to the gallery on January 20 to listen to poetry read by Ange...
01/25/2024

What a lovely poetry event!
Thank you to everyone who came to the gallery on January 20 to listen to poetry read by Angela Trudell Vasquez - former City of Madison’s Poet Laureate - and Madeline Grace Martin - Exhibiting Artist.

The event took place in-person and was also streamed live online via Zoom. The recording is now available on the gallery’s website.



Poetry as a Visual Art: A Reading This Saturday January 20, 2024 at 3-4 PM—in-person and virtual via Zoom.The Wisconsin ...
01/17/2024

Poetry as a Visual Art: A Reading
This Saturday January 20, 2024 at 3-4 PM—in-person and virtual via Zoom.

The Wisconsin Academy is honored to welcome Madeline Grace Martin and Angela Trudell Vasquez, Madison’s Poet Laureate, for an afternoon of poetry and reflection at the James Watrous Gallery.

Martin’s exhibition Of Words and Trees is a collaboration with her late father, writer and educator Peter Martin. Her recent artwork is infused with his poetry, often transforming selected lines into dramatic hand-cut paper forms. Martin will read a selection of poems written by her father, and share how she connects with his work through her art practice.

Angela Trudell Vasquez often includes ekphrastic poetry – writing poems in response to visual art – in her teaching, and many of her poems explore social justice, family, and generational wisdom. “Art speaks across the ages,” she notes, “and our loved ones live on in art in addition to our hearts.”

Please join us for this exploration of poetry as a visual art.

Registration for this event is on a pay-what-you-wish basis, with a suggested contribution of $5-15 to help keep programs accessible to everyone. Visit our website to register.

01/13/2024
01/12/2024

Due to severe weather conditions in the area, tonight’s performance of “Beetlejuice” has been canceled. (Friday, Jan. 12) Ticket holders should check their email for details regarding ticket options.

In addition, all Kids in the Rotunda performances on Saturday, Jan. 13 are canceled. Overture Center will be closed from Friday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. until noon on Saturday, Jan. 13.

At this time, Saturday and Sunday “Beetlejuice” performances will go on as scheduled.

In her artist’s talk from Science on Tap Minocqua tonight, Mary Burns shared some exciting news—her Women and Water exhi...
01/12/2024

In her artist’s talk from Science on Tap Minocqua tonight, Mary Burns shared some exciting news—her Women and Water exhibition is going to travel to ArtStart in Rhinelander later this year (August 15-October 25)! Many thanks to UW’s Trout Lake Limnology Station for partnering with us for Mary’s talk.

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