Hilton Monona Terrace: Biographies of Featured Wisconsin Artists

Photo by Eric Tadsen
Fathom

Barry Roal Carlsen

Madison, WI

Barry Roal Carlsen’s recent work focuses on depicting the imperfect role of memory in shaping images. Through aging, memories fade or blend with events outside personal experience, highlighting how fragile and tenuous our recollections are and how they shape and reshape our identities. Layers of imagery are added and scoured away as the work progresses, much like our minds do over time. Some parts fall away entirely, and the remains recombine in unexpected ways.

Barry was born in 1957 in Omaha, Nebraska, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 1980. He moved to Madison for graduate school at the University of Wisconsin‒Madison earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1983. Barry divides his time between his studio and a position as senior artist in the UW‒Madison communications office. He’s been a visiting artist at a number of universities and adjunct professor of lithography at UW–Madison. Barry has received numerous grants and awards, and has been exhibited nationally and in Europe. His work can be found in private, public, corporate, and museum collections, including the Chazen Art Museum, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Meriter Hospital, Rayovac, and the Progressive Cooperation.

provided by
Abel Contemporary Gallery
524 E. Main Street • Stoughton, WI 53589 • (608) 845-6600 • abelcontemporary.com

Different Every Second

Deb Gottschalk

Madison, WI

Deb Gottschalk’s paintings attempt to capture a personal recollection of place. All are based on very real places and intended to convey a sense of the time of day, the feel of the air, the precise moment. Her unique painting surface creates softness within each painting. This softness is reminiscent of a memory; details are recalled, but never feel as clear as the day they took place.

Deb was born and raised in rural Wisconsin. She attended The University of Wisconsin‒Whitewater, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in art in 1984. Since graduating, her paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Wisconsin and Illinois. She was a member of the collective Artbite for over 10 years.

provided by
Abel Contemporary Gallery
524 E. Main Street • Stoughton, WI 53589 • (608) 845-6600 • abelcontemporary.com

Dells

John S. Miller

Madison, WI

Curiosity informs much of John S. Miller’s work. Curiosity about humans’ profound interest in undeveloped natural spaces and our shared notions of beauty in nature. Why would we care, and could this play a role in our species’ survival? Is there an evolved or hardwired component within us inspiring us to care? John’s art is the expression of this interest and desire to understand the natural world and our place in it.

In many of John’s prints, the focus is on creating imagery that includes the human figure but avoids establishing the figure as the sole subject, or even the most significant visual element, endeavoring the resulting images to be about the entire picture space. In contrast, when a figure is included in an image, the figure often becomes the focus, the story. There’s a visual gravity to the human figure that tends to dominate an image, and John’s works seek to fight this tendency. Space, composition, and color are every bit as important as are the human figures within these images.

John graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1977 earning a Bachelor of Science in zoology and a Bachelor of Arts in studio art. After graduation, he worked for several years as a medical research technician, first in a physiology research lab at Duke University, then in plastic surgery research at the University of Wisconsin‒Madison, eventually shifting his focus full-time to visual art. He currently works as a graphic designer, illustrator, and fine artist and still maintains his interests in both science and art. He has held residencies at national parks, been internationally recognized for his illustration as a strategic planning tool for watershed management, and has exhibited in numerous fine art exhibitions— often at the intersection of science and art.

provided by
Abel Contemporary Gallery
524 E. Main Street • Stoughton, WI 53589 • (608) 845-6600 • abelcontemporary.com

Boat Full of Regrets, Reprise

Eric Thomas Wolever

Madison, WI

Eric Thomas Wolever wasn't always a painter in the traditional sense. Throughout his career as an artist, he has always explored themes of environment, upbringing, and personal landmarks. First in the form of installations, and now as complex, layered paintings. He has transitioned from using wood and ceramic as his canvas to a more two-dimensional approach, and done so brilliantly.

Utilizing a combination of acrylic, ink, and transfer prints, Eric pulls a depth of memory and experience into a condensed form. He cites his Midwestern upbringing as his main inspiration for his work, drawing from his numerous summers fishing, the lattice of nylon porch chairs, and weathered basketball hoops. He invites us to observe these artifacts within his context and within our own. The resulting narrative is one-half formulated by his work and one-half constructed of our own experience.

Born and raised in Iowa, Eric received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute in 2010, continuing on to complete his Master of Fine Arts in 2016 from University of Wisconsin‒Madison. He has received numerous honors and awards and has exhibited works nationwide. Many of his pieces are permanently housed in private and public collections across the country.

provided by
Abel Contemporary Gallery
524 E. Main Street • Stoughton, WI 53589 • (608) 845-6600 • abelcontemporary.com

White Egrest (With Peony)

Emily Arthur

Madison, WI

Land is living matter that holds meaning specific to the place. This is the nature-based perspective, which I bring to the field of contemporary printmaking. Contemporary botanical works of art can change our perspective from subjugation of the land to how plant and animal species carry the story of human impact on environment. – Emily Arthur, 2019

Emily Arthur is the recipient of multiple awards and grants, including the Notable Women in the Arts, National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has been recently nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Painters and Sculptors Grant and Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Her work is included in national and international permanent collections, including the Crocker Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Weisman Museum of Art; Minneapolis Museum of American Art, Tweed Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the Autry National Center of the American West.

Emily received a Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and has served as a fellow at the Barnes Foundation for Advanced Theoretical and Critical Research. Additional education includes the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Georgia. Emily is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and chair of the printmaking area within the art department.

provided by
Emily Arthur, University of Wisconsin‒Madison
6241 Humanities Building • 455 N. Park Street • Madison, WI 53706 • earthur@wisc.edu

Shifting Reality Where the Sidewalk Ends. ceramic, wood. Collection of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 2015

Brian Kluge

Madison, WI

Brian Kluge earned a Bachelor of Science in art education from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Featured as an emerging talent in Ceramics Monthly in 2012, Brian has completed artist residencies at the LUX Center for the Arts and the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. He has taught clay classes and workshops at universities, art centers, enrichment programs, and primary schools, and currently teaches ceramics at Madison College. Brian also owns and operates Midwest Clay Project.

Brian exhibits his sculpture widely and is featured in a number of public and private collections nationally. Recent local public projects include the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace and Bayview Community Center.

Brian’s artistic interests can be primarily described as an ongoing exploration of the confluence of man and nature. Though often perceived as separate, his interest focuses on the points at which the distinction between man and nature begin to blur. He primarily uses ceramic and wood in his sculptural works that employ archetypal forms, a basic color palette, and a reference to artifacts. Brian’s work also includes color-field photographs, sketches, and time-based installations.

provided by
Brian Kluge
4217 Esch Lane • Madison, WI 53704 • (608) 334-1153 • brianrkluge@gmail.com

Colossus

Meghan Sullivan

Appleton, WI

Meghan Sullivan is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, a postbaccalaureate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art. She has been an artist in residence at several studios in the United States and internationally. From 2014 to 2015, Meghan was the visiting artist and adjunct professor at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida. She is currently the Uihlein Fellow of the Studio Arts for Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The significance of human existence can be found in ordinary interactions because our lives are made up of millions of small, seemingly insignificant moments. My figurative ceramic sculptures are observations of the emotional and psychological aspects of communication within these interactions. It’s a contemplation of the dynamics of human connection and disconnection. The sculptures become allegories for human vulnerability and fragility. The imagined past history of the figures, although unknown, is as important to me as the present narrative. Therefore, while the conclusion may not be clear, the meaning of my work is found in the pondering of it.

provided by
Meghan Sullivan
Appleton, WI • meghansullivanceramics@gmail.com


To learn more about designer/curator Linda Snyder’s process on the Hilton Monona Terrace remodel, check out her exclusive at homeelementsandconcepts.com .

To learn more about the entire remodel, pick up a copy of Home Elements & Concepts , available in many of the same locations as Madison Essentials .