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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
 Edgewood College Gallery's Art Lesson is a brave yet sensitive reflection on impermanence and desire

Don't let the name of Edgewood College Gallery's latest exhibition fool you. Art Lesson: The Boston School Considered (through Feb. 24) isn't really about Boston. Some would say these photos are about New York during the birth of punk and the emergence of AIDS, but that's not the whole story either. >More
 Trent Miller's Spindrift and Tether examines mystery's power to heal

"There's another new world at the top of the world for whoever can break through the ice," sings Josh Ritter in his 2010 song "Another New World." These words drifted through Trent Miller's mind as he created Spindrift and Tether, his new solo exhibition at the Wisconsin Academy's Watrous Gallery. It's displayed alongside Hidden States, an intriguing collection of video art by fellow Wisconsin artist Toby Kaufmann-Buhler. >More
 Chazen Museum's German and Austrian Prints examines European modernism

Print lovers owe themselves a visit to the UW's Chazen Museum of Art this winter. Two current shows, one showcasing work made at Tandem Press and the other highlighting a collection of prints donated by a UW alum, are essential viewing. >More
 Project Wisconsin creates 365 surprising logos for state towns

Wisconsin is famous for many things -- most notably beer, cheese curds and the Green Bay Packers -- but what makes the state's more than 1,200 individual towns special? Josh Cox and Doua Vue are exploring just that question. They are the team behind Project Wisconsin, a blog dedicated to branding one Wisconsin town for each day of 2012. >More
 Tandem Press: Twenty-Five Years exhibit at the Chazen is an ode to modern printmaking

The UW recently earned the number-two spot on U.S. News and World Report's list of top printmaking programs, but its reputation for papermaking, book binding, screenprinting and related endeavors has been growing since the founding of Tandem Press in 1987. >More
 What's new at the Chazen Museum

Last year's expansion of the Chazen Museum of Art, formerly the Elvehjem Museum of Art, didn't just double the square footage of the exhibition space. It shifted the focus of the permanent collection to modern and contemporary art, including works by artists born just a few decades ago. >More
 Greg Conniff's - 30 - examines branches, brambles and borders through a photographic lens

On display through Dec. 23, the new exhibition at the James Watrous Gallery has a curious title: - 30 -. A relic of the telegraph age, this symbol signifies the end of a document, typically a press release. But what might it mean for a collection of black-and-white photos, especially photos of weeds? >More
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