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Art En Route Project

WUD Art is proud to present the launch of the Art En Route project! Art En Route curates a cutting edge exhibition through the junction of public art and public transportation in Madison, WI.

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This project pairs creative writers with visual artists to create uniquely commissioned works of art. The final, collaborative works are photographed and installed on the exterior bus wraps of various Madison Metro Transit buses running throughout Madison from October 1st 2017 - January 20th, 2018.  The original artwork, at the same time, are presented in an exhibition “Art En Route” at Gallery 1308 in Union South from October 7th - November 17th, 2017; the opening reception will be held from 2-4PM on Saturday, Oct 7, 2017.

Participating Dane County-based literary and visual artists are Michael Hirshon, Fabu Phillis Carter, Rebecca Kautz, Gwendolyn Rice, Holly AnneBurns, Caleb Weisnicht, Yeonhee Cheong, Antonio Byrd, Beth Racette,Heath Langreck, Jj D'Onofrio, Mackenzie Berry, Johnson Vaj, Claude Clayton-Smith, Ryan Haimerl, and Brad Foster. Meet the artists here.


Join us for the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, Oct 7th from 2-4PM! At this exhibition, you can view the physical works of Art En Route Project at Gallery 1308, Union South. 

RSVP for the Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/455148161551918/


Meet the Co-Creators of Art En Route

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 doing experimental cooking. 

Alex Polach is a recent Art History graduate from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  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. 


Community Partners

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 Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation."

Learn more about Art En Route | Art En Route in the Press