MOWA Selects Chris Maddox for Emerging Artist-in-Residence Program in Luxembourg 

January 2, 2018
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WEST BEND, Wis. (January 2, 2018): The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in partnership with Ansay Development Corporation (ADC) is excited to announce mixed media artist Chris Maddox of Madison has been selected for a 10-week emerging artist-in-residence program at Bourglinster Castle in Luxembourg. Maddox is the second artist selected for this opportunity offered by MOWA exclusively to Wisconsin artists. The first was offered to photographer Lois Bielefield in 2015.

“For me, this early career time feels like a tremendous responsibility. I have a strong sense of direction and focus in my studio practice, but much to learn and a great deal of work ahead to build connections to the public and communities of artistic discourse.” said Maddox. “When media, cultural, and aesthetic inputs are unfamiliar, I find my senses get a real charge and there's a spike in the development of my emotional maturity and compassion.”

Maddox received his M.A. (2015) and M.F.A. (2016) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His first solo exhibition was at Terra Obscura in Madison. Since that time, he has shown his work in several solo and group exhibitions, and his work has been acquired by museums and private collectors in the United States, Italy, and Japan. Maddox currently focuses on book art projects and installation work. His art books are represented by Vamp & Tramp artist book dealers, the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, and Printed Matter in Chelsea, New York City. Nonparallel, a hard bound book printed on vintage typing paper, was selected for the 2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial opening at MOWA on Saturday, February 3.

“Chris stood out as a rising star from an incredible group of artist applications.” said Laurie Winters, MOWA executive director | CEO. “I know he will be inspired by the Luxembourg culture and community of artists to both grow and create while aboard. I look forward to seeing how his work evolves over the next year.”

“As a Wisconsin based company we support local businesses, especially local artists, and have enjoyed working with MOWA in the past on numerous projects.” said Managing General Partner of Ansay Development Corporation Mike Ansay. “This program is unique because emerging artists from different countries and cultures come together to cross pollinate their ideas and creativity. As the Honorary Consul for Luxembourg in the United States, it is my duty to promote the country and people of Luxembourg, and what better way to do that than through the arts.”

The residency begins January 15, 2018. Housing, travel, and a monthly stipend are included. Maddox will live in an individual apartment on the premises of Bourglinster Castle. He will work with a group of five to six other artists from around the world, and will have the opportunity to travel and make connections in Europe.
Jessica Wildes, Director of Communications and Marketing, 262.247.2266