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201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI

Artist-in-Residence

June-July 2016 Josh duncan

During his residency, Josh will be exploring the library and all its workings through his comics. He will be reading books and making comics, both about the books he is reading and about resources at the library itself, including the Bubbler. His drawings and drawing exercises will encourage visitors, particularly kids, to explore and make discoveries in the library. By the end of the residency, he will produce a series of zines unified by the theme of showcasing the valuable information one can discover in a library.

Josh Duncan, known online as “Josh The Cartoon Guy,” got started by drawing superhero adventures with his best friend. In high school, he was encouraged to pursue art by Mrs. Wilson, who modeled commitment and passion for her students while struggling with Parkinson’s. 

At Concordia University, Nebraska, Josh studied academic painting and drawing, and learned about the importance of creative thinking by researching Professor Reinhold Marxhausen. As a graduate student at UW-Madison, Josh worked with his fellow students of Professor Lynda Barry in the UW-Comics Club. 

Both the club and the Making Comics Workshops rekindled Josh’s lifelong love of cartooning, and inspired him to use cartooning to become a better student in every class he took. In addition to working as an art teacher, Josh hopes to write fictional and non-fictional comics which will demonstrate their potential as an educational tool in multiple fields.

Visit Josh in the Bubbler (or even end up a character in a Zine!) Thursday & Friday afternoons 12-4pm for Open Studio Hours

 

Workshops and Events with Josh Duncan and the UW Comics Club

June 24th 4-5pm How to Doodle in Class

Are you an aspiring doodler? Do you feel like you learn better when your pencil is scratching away in the margins of your paper? You're not alone! Join artist in residence Josh Duncan for this hands-on doodle crazy workshop and learn new doodling techniques and how doodling can make you a more attentive learner!

July 1st 4-5pm  What I learned drawing with the UW Comics Club
You know, sometimes comics get a bad wrap. But did you know comics teach us important lessons about life? About the world? And improve our brains as learners? You did?! Join us for this hands-on workshop with artist in residence Josh Duncan to explore what comics teach us about life and create your own comic with one of the UW Comics Club's favorite activities, Bat Cat has an Idea!

July 8th 4-5pm Great Works of Literature with Cartoon Characters

Oliver Twist starring Scooby Doo? Bad Kitty The Sorcerer's Stone? No... Sponge-Bob Square Pants and the Lightening Thief! The stories we love and the characters we know are a great inspiration for aspiring cartoonists! Join artist in residence Josh Duncan for this hands-on mashup mayhem cartooning class at the Bubbler.

July 14th 7-8pm Reading with the UW Comics Club (Ages 16 and up) 

Come and meet the UW Comics Club and gather inspiration for your own drawing and designs! See demonstrations of different cartooning techniques and share in our artists' latest work. Artist in residence Josh Duncan and his partners in crime (or um, cartooning) take you on a journey of visual storytelling while providing space and materials for you to tinker, doodle, and interact. Comics may contain material unsuitable for children.

July 15th 4-5pm Reading with the UW Comics Club (family friendly!) 

Come meet the artists from the UW comics club for this public reading and hands-on workshop! Join artist in residence Josh Duncan for a sharing of family friendly comics and use this inspiration to create your own! See demonstrations of different comic formats, sharpen your doodling skills, and meet the artists of the local comic world.

July 21st 7-8pm MORE reading with the UW Comics Club (Ages 16 and up) 

Come and meet the UW Comics Club and gather inspiration for your own drawing and designs! See demonstrations of different cartooning techniques and share in our artists' latest work. Artist in residence Josh Duncan and his partners in crime (or um, cartooning) take you on a journey of visual storytelling while providing space and materials for you to tinker, doodle, and interact. Comics may contain material unsuitable for children.

July 22nd 4-5pm MORE reading with the UW Comics Club (family friendly!) 

Come meet the artists from the UW comics club for this public reading and hands-on workshop! Join artist in residence Josh Duncan for a sharing of family friendly comics and use this inspiration to create your own! See demonstrations of different comic formats, sharpen your doodling skills, and meet the artists of the local comic world.

July 29th 4-5pm What I learned at the BUBBLER 

Explore the Josh's work and zines created during this innovative residency. Use this artistic representation of the library and all its workings as inspiration for an interactive hands-on workshop to create your own comics. 

coming Soon 

DANIKA BRUBAKER August 2016 

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE APPLICATION

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PAST ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

ARTWRITE COLLECTIVE April-May 2016

ARTISTS IN ABSENTIA March 2016

ANGELA RICHARDSON January 2016 - February 2016

BIRD ROSS October 2015 - November 2015

JAMES BELLUCCI August 2015 - September 2015

PUBLIC PRIVATE June 2015 - July 2015

RAIN WILSON April 2015 - May 2015

THE DREAM COLLECTORS March 2015

CRAIG GRABHORN December 2014 - February 2015

JUSTIN BITNER September 2014 - November 2014

JOE KERMAN July 2014 - August 2014

LIBRARY as INCUBATOR PROJECT May 2014 - June 2014

SACHI and LAURA KOMAI March 2014 - April 2014

VICTOR CASTRO   December 2013 - February 2014

BARBARA LANDES  September 2013- November 2013