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Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Sharon Kilfoy of Williamson Street Art Center

If you've seen a mural in Madison, Sharon Kilfoy probably had a hand in its creation. For the last 10 years, Kilfoy has run the Williamson Street Art Center, which helps local kids and artists enhance local neighborhoods with large-scale works, especially in areas that get overlooked in discussions about public art. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Joe Krupp of Prime Urban Properties

Thirty years ago, the Schenk-Atwood Neighborhood was not what anyone would consider hip, upscale or trendy. But developer Joe Krupp saw its potential. "It had all the fundamentals that a good neighborhood starts with. The connections were there, the values were really good," Krupp says. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Roseann Sheridan of Children's Theater of Madison

Roseann Sheridan knows theater can change lives. It changed hers. "When I was young, theater saved my life. I learned to accept myself and others, and I got to bring something to life," she says. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Randy Cortright of Virent

Brilliant inventions can change the world, but turning a breakthrough into an everyday reality requires long-term investments. Dr. Randy Cortright, a UW-Madison-educated chemical engineer who co-created a method to transform biomass into a broad suite of fuels and plastics, is committed to taking that path. >More
 Madison's web celebs

The Internet has provided fertile ground for Madison's creative class for more than a decade. No longer limited by geography or traditional gatekeepers, local people are cultivating opportunities that simply didn't exist in the pre-digital world, especially opportunities to become celebrities of sorts. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The podcaster: Mike Duncan

The Roman Empire fell more than 1,500 years ago, long before the Internet existed. Interestingly, its demise created a path to contemporary stardom for Madison resident Mike Duncan, creator and host of an award-winning podcast called The History of Rome. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The blogger: Gabrielle Pedriani

UW alum and self-described fashion nerd Gabrielle Pedriani has also made a name for herself on the Internet. Her Look Sharp, Sconnie blog started making waves when it won Marie Claire magazine's nationwide #SoGoodFashion Twitter challenge in 2012. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The actor: J.D. Walsh

After falling in love with the stage at Madison West High School in the early 1990s, J.D. Walsh did what many ambitious creative types did before the almighty Internet cast its web worldwide. He headed to a coast. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The impressionist: Jason Stephens

In some cases, entertainers and entrepreneurs circumvent traditional paths to fame out of necessity. I know from personal experience at WTDY that the local radio industry is struggling to find its place in a broadening media landscape. Increasingly, seasoned radio professionals aren't being replaced. Their positions are simply being eliminated. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The retailer: Natalie Bass

Internet fame isn't just for writers, scholars and entertainers. The web's ability to make minor celebrities out of ordinary folks is strengthening more traditional types of businesses. Graphic artist turned clothing designer Natalie Bass laid the foundation for her Monroe Street shop Zip-Dang with her online store Orangyporangy. >More
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