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                         January/february                           Angela richardson  

Angela Richardson is a visual artist, performer, and devoted fan of Madison Public Library. She loves wandering the stacks and gets completely lost in a good book quite often. During her residency at The Bubbler, she’ll explore her curiosities about the library and draw all sorts of conclusions, literally! Using drawing as a research method, Angela will investigate and illustrate the ins and outs of Central Library – the staff, the patrons, the collection, and the building itself.

Grab your art supplies and join her inquisitive adventure. Stop by The Bubbler to dialogue and draw or take part in one of the many workshops she’ll lead during January-February 2016.

Everybody Drawing Everything All At Once! (All ages activity during Big Draw on Sat 1/9, 1:30-3pm) How many drawings can we make in 90 minutes? 90? 353? 552? 729? More than 1000? Let’s find out. 

One of many drop-in activities taking place during the Big Draw (Jan 7-9), “Everybody Drawing Everything All At Once!” invites participants of all ages to take part in a wild afternoon of drawing and artistic play. Drawing games, portraits on Post-Its, self-serve sketching stations, scribbly scavenger hunts, DIY doodle instructions…and much more!

DRAWING GYM workshop series for adults. Exercise your art muscles! Give your creativity a workout!

Artist Angela Richardson leads this fun, fast-paced workshop series for adults during her residency at The Bubbler. Get your hands moving and your ideas flowing!
Need something to help you jumpstart a creative project? These workshops will get you out of your head and into your hands – drawing and writing, cutting and pasting, scribbling and sketching – and offer a chance to experiment with a variety of art materials and techniques. No experience necessary! Pre-registration is required (15 participants max.)
Series One: Jan 19, Jan 26, and Feb 2, three sessions on Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm
Series Two: Feb 11, Feb 18, and Feb 25, three sessions on Thursdays from 6:30-8pm
Please commit to attending all three sessions in a workshop series. Consistent attendance from participants will help us develop a supportive, creative community.
Immediately following all workshop sessions, there will be an optional 'Open Studio' (free time!) in The Bubbler from 8-8:45pm for workshop participants who want to hang out and work on projects amongst peers.

Thurs 1/7             7-9pm                   Drink & Draw event at Harmony Bar
Fri 1/8                  8-11pm                 Night Light event – LUCK OF THE DRAW show opens in Ballweg Gallery
Sat 1/9                 1:30-3pm             Everybody Drawing Everything All At Once! (All ages activity during Big Draw)
Tue 1/19              6:30-8pm             Drawing Gym (Series One - 1/3) + open studio for participants 8-8:45pm
Sun 1/24              1:30-3pm             Draw, Draw, Draw! Workshop for families
Tue 1/26              6:30-8pm             Drawing Gym (Series One - 2/3) + open studio for participants 8-8:45pm
Tues 2/2              6:30-8pm             Drawing Gym (Series One - 3/3) + open studio for participants 8-8:45pm
Fri 2/5                  8-11pm                 Night Light event
Thurs 2/11            6:30-8pm             Drawing Gym (Series Two - 1/3) + open studio for participants 8-8:45pm
Sat 2/20               1:30-3pm             Draw, Draw, Draw! Workshop for families
Thurs 2/18           6:30-8pm             Drawing Gym (Series Two - 2/3) + open studio for participants 8-8:45pm
Thurs 2/25           6:30-8pm             Drawing Gym (Series Two - 3/3) + open studio for participants 8-8:45pm
You are encouraged (but not required) to choose a project goal of your own design to move towards during the three-week period – for example: drafting a comic book or kids' storybook, generating illustrations to accompany a work presentation, beginning work on a chapbook of poetry or drawings, getting started on your own 'zine, etcetera.

Draw, Draw, Draw! Workshop for families (on Sun 1/24 and Sat 2/20, 1:30-3pm)

Drop-in for a drawing session with artist Angela Richardson. Explore different techniques and materials as you take part in this lively event that will have all ages drawing up a storm. Fun for families!

Open Studio In The Bubbler

Artist at Work - Angela in the studio, or follow the path from The Bubbler to her active drawing locations in the Central Library: Mondays 1-4 pm, Thursdays 4-6 pm, and some Saturdays + other times by chance.


MARCH: Artists in Absentia - featuring the writing, art, music, and dramatic work of inmates from Oakhill Correctional Institution. Artists in Absentia brings the ideas of these men out from the walls of the prison and into dialogue with community audiences. This residency in absentia directly addresses the importance of engaging inmates’ voices in Dane County, in which the most racially disproportionate incarceration rates per capita in the US can be found. Rather than exoticizing the prison experience, our project seeks simply to provide a public space where the humanity of those we seldom see may be reflected in creative collaboration between the artist and the viewer.

APRIL/MAY: The ArtWrite Collective


Click here for Artist in Residence form

Past Artists-in-Residence

BIRD ROSS October 2015 - November 2015

JAMES BELLUCCI August 2015 - September 2015

PUBLIC PRIVATE June 2015 - July 2015

RAIN WILSON April 2015 - May 2015


CRAIG GRABHORN December 2014 - February 2015

JUSTIN BITNER September 2014 - November 2014

JOE KERMAN July 2014 - August 2014


SACHI and LAURA KOMAI March 2014 - April 2014

VICTOR CASTRO   December 2013 - February 2014

BARBARA LANDES  September 2013- November 2013