Art En Route curates a cutting edge exhibition through the junction of public art and public transportation in Madison, WI. Art En Route is proposed by WUD Art.
This project pairs creative writers with visual artists to create uniquely commissioned works of art. The final, collaborative works will be photographed and installed on the exterior bus wraps of various Madison Metro Transit busses running throughout Madison from October 1st 2017 - January 20th, 2018. The original artwork, at the same time, will be presented in an exhibition “Art En Route” at Gallery 1308 in Union South from October 6th - November 17th, 2017; the opening reception will be held from 2-4PM on Saturday, Oct 7, 2017.
Who is proposing this project?
Yusi Liu (2016-7 Director, WUD Art) and Alex Polach (2016-7 Associate Director of Development, WUD Art) are the two project architects for Art En Route. After over six months of project development, community building, grant writing, and subsequent project pitching, Yusi Liu and Alex Polach are ready to steer Art En Route out of the theoretical and into reality.
Yusi Liu is a senior undergraduate student from Beijing, China, studying Classics and Art History. Yusi was the 2016-7 Director at Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee (WUD Art). She loves art; she does photography and curation. Yusi is aspired to pursue a higher degree in ancient art history as well as to be a freelance curator. In her spare time, Yusi loves traveling, hiking, hopping around galleries, and brewing tea.
Alex Polach is a recent Art History graduate from Minneapolis, Minnesota. More specifically, Alex’s studies focused on Chinese art history and studying Mandarin. Alex was the 2016-7 Associate Director of Development at WUD Art. Despite a busy schedule, she can always find time for cooking and enjoying a walk on the frozen lake. Alex pitched the idea of Art En Route to WUD Art after a summer of interning in Athens, Georgia where their music oriented, bus shelter design project called "You, Me, & The Bus" caught her attention.
During their time in WUD Art in 2016-7, it has been both their goals for WUD Art to expand the artistic interactive experience with art for all community members. Art En Route is making that possible on a large, community-wide scale.
Who is WUD Art?
The Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee (WUD Art) is an extracurricular committee dedicated to bringing novel and challenging exhibitions to the Wisconsin Union Galleries. We work to advance visual arts both on campus and in the Madison community. This UW-Madison based student-run committee manages every aspect of gallery functioning, from artist selection and art work curation and installation, to art education, community programming, and marketing. We strive to re-contextualize standard approaches to the visual arts through collaborative and innovative exhibitions
Art En Route is fortunate to be working with two local non-profit arts organizations for many aspects of this project: Arts + Literature Laboratory and Madison Community Discourse. Both organizations are dedicated to bettering our Madison community through open discussion and community participation.
This project is funded in part by grant from the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities HEX-U program, the UW-Madison Art Institute (2017-8 New Arts Venture Challenge), the Wisconsin Union, the Dane County Arts Board, and the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.