Interesting enough, the creative industry employs more Wisconsinites than Wisconsin’s beer jobs (63,000), biotech (35,000) and papermaking (31,000) industries, reported Arts Wisconsin. Arts Wisconsin is "Wisconsin’s community cultural development organization, the only independent statewide organization speaking up and working for the arts, arts education, creative economy, and creative placemaking in every corner of Wisconsin" (Arts Wisconsin website).
“The takeaway is that the creative industry, which ranges from nonprofit organizations to design firms to TV stations, is a force to be reckoned with,” said Anne Katz, director of Arts Wisconsin. “To succeed in the 21st century, Wisconsin needs diversity in its economy. Hopefully, we will continue to be a strong manufacturing and agriculture state, but also a very creative state. We want to make sure that our decision makers know this and that people pay attention that it’s a sector worthy of investment.”
According to the study, Wisconsin’s top five creative and arts industries, measured by the value they add to the economy, are: printed goods manufacturing, other goods manufacturing, custom architectural woodwork and metalwork manufacturing, publishing and construction.
With the volatile nature of our state's economy, Katz maintains taht she's encouraged to see a growing awareness of "creativity as a resource".
Arts Wisconsin website: https://www.artswisconsin.org/
New State Street Sculpture
“Both/And — Tolerance/Innovation” was completed by David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr of RDG Dahlquist Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. Dahlquist, his son, and daughter are all alumni of UW. He received an undergraduate degree in arts education here.
“Matt Niebuhr and I have been a public artist team for many years, and we work all over the country and in Canada,” says Dahlquist. “Matt is not only a visual artist; he is an architect, so our experience and expertise come together on projects like this.”
Dahlquist and Niebuhr have been a team for years, working all over North America. Both are visual artists, but Niebuhr is also an architect, which is beneficial in a project like this that deals with city planning, etc.
Both artists try to focus on story, structure, and site in their sculptural installations. Many hours were put in to photographing the space, walking around and surveying the traffic flow of students and people moving around State Street and Library Mall. “It is uniquely situated,” Dahlquist says of the sculpture, explaining that the title is about the acceptance of many ideas. This idea is reflected in the space which it sits within, as the site is surrounded by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Memorial Library and three different churches. “It’s really, I think in some ways, what a university is about,” Dahlquist proclaims.
Among the Wonder of the Dells Highlight
The photographers featured are H.H. Bennett and studio, Leroy J. Gates, John A. Trumble, Dennis Darmek, and three contemporary photographers commissioned by MOWA; Mark Brautigam, Tom Jones, and Kevin J. Miyazaki.
H.H. Bennett (1843-1908) was one of the firsts to photograph the Dells. He was innovative; he created his own cameras, printing presses, stop-action shutter and other necessary equipment. LAter in life, he started to hand-tint his photographs to further bring them to life. His photography studio was kept within the family until the late twentieth century. Leroy J. Gates (1831-1895) utilized the cartes-de-visite method of photography production, which allows the photographer to expose up to eight images on a single glass plate negative that could be cut out and mounted on cards. This sort of created a trading card economy for family and friends in the Dells at the second half of the nineteenth century.
John A. Trumble was always drawn to the Dells. He grew up around the area. Many of his photographs focus on the geology and Native American ancestry of the Dells, which are fundamental to the iconography of the tourist area. His photos evoke mom-and-pop nostalgia for many. Dennis Darmek started photographing his wife swimming at the start of their relationship in 1979. He focuses on the appeal of aquatic adventure and recreation, which has come to shape the Dells in last decades of the twentieth century.
Tom Jones, one of the MOWA commissioned artists, is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. The Ho-Chunk have strong connections to the Dells, and Jones plays on this connection through his photographs. He seeks to display the indomitable spirit of his tribe and their never-ending, important presence in the Dells. Mark Brautigam, another commissioned MOWA photographer, oscillate between people and place. Brautigam has described them as a “more than a pause than an exclamation point”. The tranquility of his photographs comes across, which is in stark contrast to the bustling nature of waterparks. The final commissioned photographer, Kevin J. Miyazaki, set up his studio within H.H. Bennett’s old space. He invited people who walked by to have their portraits taken, and encouraged them not to smile to honor the old tradition of portraits in early history, as one did not have their picture taken constantly.
Kevin J. Miyazaki, Multiple titles, 2018, Archival inkjet print
2019 WRAP State Day Conference and Exhibition
Online entry and payment due: June 21, 2019
Make check payable to: Janesville Art League, and mail along with any paper entries to Barbara Leonard at 6000 W. Valley Springs Rd, Janesville, WI 53548, (608) 752-0679
Artwork due date: Saturday, July 6, 2019, 10am – 2pm at Raven’s Wish, 101 W Milwaukee St, Janesville, WI 53548 or Monday, July 8, 2019, 10am – 3pm at Janesville Performing Arts Center, (2 piece limit)
Workshop date: Saturday, August 3, 2019, 9:30am – 3:00pm
Reception: Friday, August 2, 2019, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Workshop location: Janesville Performing Art Center, 408 S. Main St., Janesville, WI 53545
Coordinator: Arra Lasse, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-751-8308
Lac du Flambeau
Online entry and payment due: September 26, 2019
Make check payable to: Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation
Artwork due date: Drop off available between Monday 9/16 – 9/26, 8am – 5:30pm. No later than 5pm on Thursday, 9/26. Limit 3 per entry. Artwork must be picked up by October 4, 2019.
Workshop date: Friday, September 27, 2019, 1pm – 2pm
Workshop location: Dillman’s Bay Resort, 13277, Dillman’s Way, Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538, (Art Studio #2)
Coordinator: Sue & Denny Robertson, 113277,, Dillman’s Way, Lac du Flambeau, WI 54568, (715) 588-3143, email@example.com or Sarah Thompson, 8780 Brunswick Rd, Minocqua, WI, 54548, (715) 614-0686, firstname.lastname@example.org
Show Dates: Friday, September 27, noon – Sunday, 29, 2019, 5 pm