Kayla Story got her BFA from Columbia College Chicago and is currently an MFA Candidate in photographic arts at UW-Madison. She currently teaches Introduction to Digital Art at UW-Madison and works as a photography assistant and image processor. 

Bridgette Bogle stitches, stretches, and stains her painting influenced constructions related to material reuse and the domestic sphere. Bogle currently resides in Dayton, Ohio and serves as Associate Professor at Sinclair Community College. 

Conley Clark is a queer, multi-media artist from the Midwest, pursuing an MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Fikriye Oz

(bio coming)

TKANKA is an artist living and working in Poland. In her work traditional embroidery takes a non obvious form. She says today an art of embroidery seems to be not only a postfeminist but also a posthuman activity. 

Noël Ash is an artist working to open dialog about motherhood and women at work and in the home. Her portraits in oil and watercolor depict mothers in the grips of reality.

Victoria Maidhof was born and raised in the suburbs of San Diego, CA. Her work explores women's relationships and 

Rebecca Kautz is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, video and performance. She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from UW-Madison. 

Douglas Rosenberg is an artist working at the intersection of performance and media.  He has recently worked with themes of forgiveness, trauma, intimacy and the quotidian. His work in screendance, installation and performance has been exhibited internationally.

Molly Brennan is an artist and high school art teacher from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a sister to seven, aunt to thirteen, daughter to two and dog mom to one. 

Bird Ross is a studio artist in Madison and has been an artist for nearly 50 years. She's been a mom for 26. She currently has work in the "Points of Departure" exhibit at the Design Gallery on the UW Campus and is Co-Founder of the Women Artists Forward Fund. 

Tiana Traffas is an artist and mother living in La Crosse, WI. Her art explores themes of life-death-life cycles, ancient Neolithic goddess cultures, myth, animism and symbolism, often viewed through the lens of motherhood. 

Local and International Group Show 

on Mothering, Mothers and Motherhood

October 1 - 7, 2019

Commonwealth Gallery

  100 S. Baldwin

  3rd floor (handicap accessible)
Tuesday 12:00-6:00
Wednesday 10:00-6:00
Thursday 10:00-6:00
Friday 10:00-9:00
Saturday 12:00-4:00
Sunday 12:00-4:00
Monday 10:00-4:00

  **and by appointment, call Noël, 646.493.8037

You are invited to the group show WHY MOM, with 18 local and international artists working across a spectrum of disciplines to talk about this important and often overlooked subject. 

These artists draw on a wide range of material disciplines, from video installation and felted textile to abstract sculpture. The show’s three curators chose from an international selection of artists to put together a show that will tell a widely ranging story of the subject of mothers, from the experience of being shaped and formed to the act of forming another being.

Come to our Gallery Night Artist's Reception
Friday, October 4th, from 5:00 - 9:00 pm
at the Commonwealth Gallery, 100 S. Baldwin
Walk over from Williamson Street, or Park on the north side of the building and enter through the green awning. 
It's on the third floor, but you can follow the arrows to the elevator if you're not into stairs. :)
Enjoy some good food, set the kids up at the coloring table, and have a chat with our artists:

Noël Ash
Bridgette Bogle
Molly Brennan
Crystal Brown
Conley Clark
Abigail Engstrand
Rebecca Kautz
Justyna Kosińska
Helen Lee
Craig Li
Victoria Maidhof
Kel Mur
Fikriye Oz
Emily Popp
Douglas Rosenberg
Bird Ross
Kayla Story
Tiana Traffas

Parking is available near the main entrance, on the north side of the building. There is no fee. 

The show is funded by the artists in the show. If you would like to support art exhibitions like this one, the way you can help is to purchase a piece of art or to make a donation. All proceeds will go towards future exhibitions like this one. 

Abigail Engstrand's nest recently emptied, leaving a bit more time to create shared visuals of thoughts, emotions, and memories. Life can now reflect art as well as vice versa.

Helen Lee is an artist, designer, educator, and glassblower. Her work explores the morphological nature of language. 

Emily Popp is an artist and fashion designer. Her primary medium is secondhand textiles, which she uses as a physical method of accessing history and out of a desire to reduce textile waste. 

Craig Li is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Fine Art and Art History. 

Crystal Ann Brown is an interdisciplinary artist currently working in West Virginia. Her current work investigates motherhood and domestic life highlighting the often times unseen or overlooked labor of love parents wrestle with every day.