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2018 M List features several with ties to School of Education who are innovating in the arts

November 05, 2018

Madison Magazine recently announced the selection of 30 forward-thinking artists and organizations for its 2018 M List -- which this year is dedicated to “recognizing innovators in the arts who are helping make Madison one of the most innovative and creative cities in America.”

And several of those being recognized have ties to UW-Madison’s School of Education.

2018 M List graphic from Madison MagazineMadison Magazine reports: “Cities often recognize the best and brightest. They promote the most influential, the most successful, the most powerful and the most glamorous. Yawn. Madison is home to a strikingly rich population of innovators, creators, doers and dreamers. They are thinkers and makers driven by curiosity and inspired by beauty. They are entrepreneurs, educators, growers, healers and so much more. And they are artists and performers, writers and players. And together they make up the M List.”

The report continues: “This is not a list of the Top or the Best. It’s not the People of the Year. But it is a group of people doing really interesting things in varying ways, and they help make Madison the special place it is. This is the sixth year we’ve published the M List — people you should know, chosen by the editors of Madison Magazine. … ”

Those being recognized and who have ties to the School of Education include:

• Chris Walker, an associate professor with the School of Education's Dance Department. He also is the artist director for UW-Madison’s First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble.

• Simone Doing and Max Puchalsky, visual artists and community organizers who are master of fine arts candidates with the School of Education’s Art Department.

• Tandem Press, the highly regarded printmaking studio and gallery that’s housed within the Art Department.

• Tom Jones, a professor of photography with the Art Department.

• Spooky Boobs Collective, (including alumna Maggie Snyder, who received her MFA in 2015) a conceptual artist collective focused on women’s experiences.

• “Genetic Reflections” public art installation, which includes alumna Angela Johnson (MFA 2016) and Dr. Ahna Skop, co-collaborators.

• Jojin Van Winkle, an alum who received an MFA in 2016, filmmaker and former artist-in-residence, Madison Children’s Museum.

• Rhea Ewing, an alum who received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2011, artist and graphic novelist, “FINE: A Comic about Gender.”

• And the Arts + Literature Laboratory, which is home to the CASArt Madison program, which includes Faisal Abdu’Allah, a faculty member with the Art Department.

Madison Magazine also highlighted "Legacy" designees who are leaders who have contributed greatly to the Madison area arts scene through music, visual art, poetry and dance. Several of these designees are current faculty and staff members with the School of Education, including:

• Li Chiao-Ping, artistic director of Li Chiao-Ping Dance and a Vilas research professor with the Dance Department.

• Liz Sexe, artistic director and choreographer of the Liz Sexe Dance Company and a lecturer with the Dance Department.

• Truman Lowe, a UW–Madison professor emeritus with the Art Department and Ho-Chunk sculptor.

For complete details, including links to additional information about each M List winner, visit this Channel3000.com web page.

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