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Grace Chosy Gallery to close in August

The face of Monroe Street is changing quickly, and so are the faces inside its establishments. Grace Chosy Gallery will close its doors on Saturday, August 10 as director Karin Ketarkus prepares to retire. >More
 Leslie Smith III's paintings explore trauma through abstraction at MMoCA

Leslie Smith III's new painting exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (through Sept. 1) is called "I Dream Too Much," but it's clear that the UW-Madison art instructor isn't asleep in the traditional sense. Like many of his paintings, these recently created works use abstract imagery to explore anguish, anxiety and other byproducts of trauma. >More
 Lisa Frank and Nova Czarnecki reanimate ailing ecosystems in new works at James Watrous Gallery

Wisconsin artists Lisa Frank and Nova Czarnecki share an interest in the natural world's frailty. Their side-by-side solo exhibitions at the Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery (through June 30) explore this theme with digital photography and visionary painting. >More
 MMoCA's Focal Points photography show examines American life from many angles

American faces and places are the heart of the newest Madison Museum of Contemporary Art show, Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950 (through Sept. 1). On display are more than 100 works from the museum's permanent collection. Taken collectively, they're an intriguing record of our country over the last half-century or so. >More
 UW Libraries' Text Support calls for a closer look at the history of paper

Since just about anything can be read on a computer screen nowadays, the printed book is beginning to feel like an endangered species. If books become extinct, what happens to paper? The UW Libraries' exhibit Text Support: A Library Exhibition About Paper examines the history and production of this material and its role as the silent sidekick in the history of printing. Curated by Tracy Honn and Lyn Korenic, the exhibition runs through June 28. >More
 UW's Tandem Press to relocate twice

After spending over 25 years putting down roots in a state-owned building on South Dickinson Street, the UW's Tandem Press received word that its digs were being sold. This was a few months ago, which meant moving approximately 8,000 prints in a very short time period. >More
 MMoCA's Seen/Unseen examines the link between observing and believing

The relationship between senses and beliefs is fertile territory for thinkers in the arts and sciences. Must something be seen to be believed? When does sight fail to reflect reality? And if something is out of sight and out of mind, does it truly "exist"? These are just a few questions considered in the Seen/Unseen exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (through June 16 at the Henry Street Gallery). >More
 James Watrous Gallery's Vital Skills honors the talents and traditions of Wisconsin artisans

At first glance, Vital Skills seems tailor-made for a history museum. So what is this study of traditional handicrafts doing in an art space, the Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery (through May 5)? Some answers emerge upon closer examination. >More
 Notes from the underground: RAW captures the energy and ambition of young Madison artists (slideshow)

Though RAW:Natural Born Artists landed in Madison just last year, it has quickly built a community of upstart artists and other creative types, from hairstylists to musicians to hip-hop dancers. Now in 66 cities throughout the country, the organization strives to give artists in the first 10 years of their career the tools and exposure they need to thrive. >More
 MMoCA shows how Ellsworth Kelly set the art world on fire

Color is king right now at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. While the outside world is shrouded in white, MMoCA boasts a riot of color -- and not just in its main galleries, where Ellsworth Kelly Prints runs through April 28. >More
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