Arts Committee

Overview

The Arts Committee recommends plans and policies to further the city's commitment to the promotion, creation, and maintenance of public art. The committee consists of nine citizen members, three of which whom will have a degree or professional background in art, architecture, or engineering, one alderperson, and one city staff.

Arts Committee Meetings


Name Term Committee Position
Address Phone Number
Rob Conhaim
2019 - 2021                       
Chair
 
(608) 831-9131       
Meghan Thumm Mackey
2019 - 2021
Vice-Chair  
 
Annette Knapstein
2018 - 2020
Citizen
3423 Conservancy Lane, Middleton, WI  53562
(608) 831-9493
Meghan McCombs
2019 - 2021
Citizen
7405 Voss Pkwy, Middleton, WI  53562
(608) 438-4285
Karisa Johnson
2018 - 2020
Citizen
6617 Boulder Ln., Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 834-0415
Michael Freiman 2018 - 2020 Citizen 3213 Highland Ct., Middleton, WI  53562 (608) 695-0138
Michelle Phillips 2019 - 2021 Citizen 2202 Martin St., Madison, WI (319) 521-4486
Maria Wood 2019 - 2021 Citizen 7313 Friendship Ln., Middleton, WI  53562 (224) 402-0865
Katy Nelson
 
 Common Council Member
 
 
Abby Attoun
 
Director of Planning and Community Development
 
 (608) 821-8370

CURRENT AND PAST CREATIVE PLACEMAKING INITIATIVES

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Artists in Middleton (AIM) Directory

Are you a Middleton artist interested in City of Middleton art opportunities? We are accepting artists to be included in the Artists in Middleton (AIM) Directory for 'Call for Artists,' as a creative resource, and for potential projects.  

Enter your information here:
https://www.cityofmiddleton.us/FormCenter/Planning-8/Artist-Directory-AIM-58

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Out of the Shell Sculpture at the Parmenter Roundabout

The Arts Committee is in the process of fundraising for the Parmenter roundabout sculpture project, "Out of the Shell" by artist Beverly Stucker-Precious. The process of selecting the "Out of the Shell" design began in 2009 when the Middleton City Council released a request for qualifications (RFQ) to regional artists. Eighteen sets of qualifications were received and the Public Arts Committee narrowed it down to four artists, from whom site-specific proposals were requested. The finalists' proposals were put on display at the Middleton Public Library for a period of two weeks and public comments were received. Overwhelmingly (54%), the commenters preferred Beverly Stucker-Precious' proposal for "Out of the Shell." If you are interested in contributing to this project, please visit: https://www.madisongives.org/partners/middleton/middleton-endowment-10th-anniversary.

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Middleton Master Plan for Public Art and Design 2009-2020

A Public Art and Design Program within the City of Middleton springs from the City’s 2006 Comprehensive Plan and from requirements of Section 2.29 of the City of Middleton Ordinance. This Program has been informed by ideas expressed by residents, city staff, elected officials, and young people interviewed and engaged in workshops between July and October 2008.

See Public Art Plan here: Middleton Master Plan for Public Art and Design

Pro·Ject Middleton Activates Hubbard Avenue with Projected Art

Pro·Ject Middleton is an art projection series presented by the City of Middleton and curated by the Middleton Arts Committee that activates an unused public space while surprising and delighting downtown visitors since the Spring of 2018. Over Spring, Hubbard Avenue becomes alive with unique “exhibitions” displaying artistic expression from around the region. Art is displayed on the 12 blank panels adorning the front facade of the Middleton Senior Center, 7448 Hubbard Avenue from sunset to 11:00 p.m.

See the video on the City's Facebook page and participating artists on its event page. https://www.facebook.com/events/418782972205754/ 

Made possible by the Arts Committee of City of Middleton, Meg McCombs Graphic Design, Electronic Theatre Controls, Hubbard Avenue Diner and Bakery, and the Middleton Senior Center.

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Storm Drain Murals in Middleton

The water that enters these storm drains empties into Pheasant Branch carrying any trash and pollutants it runs across with it. There are 20 storm drain murals located around Dane County to help educate residents about stormwater runoff and how to Keep it Clean!

For a map of all the mural locations and to learn about simple actions you can take to protect our waters visit: www.ripple-effects.com/storm-drain-murals

Made possible by Dane Arts Mural Arts, Ripple Effects, Land & Water Resources Department 

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Starbucks Community Art 

The Middleton Public Arts Committee, in conjunction with Starbucks solicited graphic designs for artistic enhancements to windows at the Starbucks at 2620 Allen Boulevard in Middleton. The winning design was applied to the window using a high-performance vinyl expected to last for at least 7 years. Chosen 2017 artist was Emily James.

Middleton Salt Building

North Parmenter will soon feature a vibrant mural depicting layers of the earth, with the theme “making the invisible visible.” The design is produced by Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) with Jenie Gao and Rhea Ewing serving as lead artists. Students from Clark Street Community School have fabricated phase 1 of the mural, which was funded by the American Girl Fund for Children, Julann Jatczak and Mike Davis, Hallman Lindsay Paints and Meg Pekarske, and the Middleton Arts Committee. 

DAMA needs your help to get phase 2 “off the ground,” so to speak. ️ https://daneartsmuralarts.org/donategive-a-gift
See students in creation phase:  https://daneartsmuralarts.org/middleton-salt-mural

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'Out of the Shell', Beverly Stucker-Precious, (proposed). Stainless steel and dichroic glass at the Parmenter roundabout.

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'Community Canvases', various artists, temporary display in 2014 & 2016 at the Stairwell Gallery at the Middleton Public Library.

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'Pheasant Branch Impressions I, II, III, IV', Josephine A. Geiger, 2009. Stained glass at the Middleton Police Station.

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'WARNING: Signs', various artists and authors from the Middleton High School, 2012. Graphic design and haiku signage along University Avenue at Parmenter Street, Bristol Street, and Park Street.

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'Self Made Man', Bobbie Carlyle. Bronze statue on Deming Way, south of Airport Road.

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'Quadrants', Randy Olson, 2016. Stainless steel, aluminum, and wood kinetic sculpture at Middleton Station Apartments.

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