Since 1914 the Madison Art Guild (MAG) has been a consistent and supportive presence in the vibrant Madison and Dane County art scene. To celebrate their momentous 100-year anniversary, MOWA invited MAG to exhibit in the museum’s State Gallery—a space dedicated to artist groups throughout Wisconsin.
This current group showcases a wide variety of styles and mediums. Artist Dawn Zimmerman takes a contemporary and unique spin on a traditional landscape through photography and electronic imaging. Dawn’s goal is to “understand the landscape as it is and then render it into something otherworldly that abstractly expresses its inner beauty.” Her modern images are executed on an equally modern canvas of metal which creates the glossy, sleek finish.
Kristine Kellor adds a contemporary spin on the traditional medium of watercolor by using Yupo, a synthetic, tree-free paper that has a plastic-like finish. She uses Yupo for the increased sense of movement it provides the finished work. According to Kristine, the abstract paintings are “characterized by a greater spontaneity” than could otherwise be achieved with a permeable paper.
MAG’s 100-plus members of amateur and professional artists are juried into the Guild. With several sponsored exhibitions throughout the year, MAG’s purpose is to interact with other artists, share knowledge, provide artist support, offer educational experiences, exhibit member work, and advance the appreciation of art.