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Madison Arts Commission

The Madison Arts Commission is a municipal arts agency managed by a citizen commission composed of ten residents and one Alderperson who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council. The eleven member commission is staffed with a full-time arts administrator. The Commission was created by ordinance in 1974 to advise the Mayor and thee Common Council on public policy matters relating to the arts. It originally began as a unit in the Parks Division of the City of Madison. Since then, it has moved to the Neighborhood Planning, Urban Design & Historic Preservation section of the Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development.


Sheri Carter – Common Council Representative to the Madison Arts Commission

Faisal Abdu'Allah
Faisal Abdu'Allah is the faculty director of The Studio: Creative Arts & Design Learning Community in Sellery Residence Hall, UW-Madison. Abdu'Allah is a British artist whose work includes photography, screenprint, film, and installations. He maintains an international art practice exhibiting both in the UK and in the US. Part of his artistic projects in Madison include a strong social practice stemming from the Wisconsin idea, an expectation that scholars from the University of Wisconsin should extend their research into the community and use it to improve the health and quality of life for all citizens of the state.  Thus, he has involved himself in the art community beyond the campus, supporting non-profit spaces such as the Arts & Literature Laboratory, serving on the Madison Arts Commission, and working with NIP Teens through the Madison Public Library.

Yvette Pino
U.S. Army veteran Yvette M. Pino joined the Armed Forces after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Yvette was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, where she earned the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Pino was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004. While serving in Iraq, Yvette found a sense of solitude in creating works of art, where her art was identified and appreciated by her commanding officers, to include General David Petraeus. This earned her the unofficial title of "Division Artist." The title later followed her to her 2nd deployment to Iraq in 2005-2006, where she created more works of art, boosting the morale of her fellow troops.

As a recent BFA Recipient at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Yvette founded the Veteran Print Project. While combining her management skills learned as a non-commissioned officer with her artistic experience she has found her passion in working with prints, people and the stories they tell. Following the success of VPP, Ms. Pino created Bench Press Events as a way to continue the re-investigation of the historical portrait. Rather than focusing solely on veteran stories, Bench Press Events examines the stories of everyday people who help organizations thrive in our communities.

Katie Howarth Ryan
Katie Howarth Ryan was recently named to the Advisory Council of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMOCA), where she serves on the Permanent Collection Committee. Ryan completed two terms on MMOCA's Board of Trustees and had previously been its Curator of Education. Ryan also currently serves as a docent at the Chazen Museum of Art.

Ryan moved to Wisconsin from New York where she worked at Art in America magazine and was ARTFORUM magazine's Managing Editor. In Wisconsin, Ryan pursued graduate work in art history at UW-Madison and was a teaching assistant before taking the Education Curator position at MMOCA (then the Madison Art Center). When she left the museum, she continued to volunteer in the community with particular commitments on the Cooksville Historic Trust, Inc., the Historic Commission of Porter Township's Zoning Committee, Rotary Gardens Education Committee, and at the schools of her four children. She is currently a resident of Madison and a member of Rotary Club of Madison.

Taeli Reistad
Taeli Reistad is the Marketing Coordinator for the Overture Center for the Arts. She has a background in visual art, business, arts administration, marketing, strategy, cultural programming, grants management, and program management. 

Taeli has served as a board member for Arts Wisconsin, as a juror for Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's largest fundraiser, Art Fair on the Square, and as a panelist for three Dane County Cultural Affairs - Dane Arts grant cycles prior to becoming the Cultural Affairs Specialist in 2016.

Taeli has held positions with the Institute of Visual Art, the Milwaukee Children's Museum, the Charles Allis Museum, and the Villa Terrace Museum, in Milwaukee; River Arts Inc., in Prairie du Sac; and the Madison Children's Museum, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters, and Dane County Cultural Affairs - Dane Arts, in Madison.

Taeli received her bachelor's degree in visual art, and a minor in business administration, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. In August 2017, Taeli completed a Graduate Certificate in the Executive Program of Arts and Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies.

Anna January
Anna January is currently the Director of Individual Giving at Wisconsin Public Television. She has a background in fundraising, arts administration, museum administration, grants, community development, and art history.

Anna spent her childhood in Madison and returned to the city in 2014 after completing a MA in art history at McGill University (Montreal, QC Canada). While living in Montreal she also received a Fulbright Scholarship, supporting her research on Native arts practices, critical race theory, and intersectional feminism.

In addition to working at WPT, Anna has held positions at the University of Wisconsin's Division of the Arts, the Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison Children's Museum, the McCord Museum, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Smithsonian Institution's Smithsonian Associates Program.

Lance Owens
Lance Owens is the founder and director of ArtWorking, a non-profit program that supports artists with disabilities, who wish to pursue careers in the arts and small business sectors. For most of the last two decades, Owens’ professional emphasis has been on inclusionary art practices, and microenterprise development within the disability community. In particular, Owens has focused on the intersection of arts entrepreneurship and social justice, and how art as a business practice can lead to inclusion in the community for marginalized populations. 

In addition to ArtWorking, Owens has been an art instructor, and a community based art-facilitator, coordinating projects that emphasize collaborative art making experiences for people that may or may not identify as artists. Owens has also been actively engaged in music creation and production for the last 30 years, with an emphasis on audio engineering and mixing.

Owens received his BA in fine art from the University of California at Santa Cruz, as well as an MFA from UW Madison, with an emphasis in printmaking.

Bethany Jurewicz
Bethany Jurewicz is the Director of Public Programming and Community Outreach at Garver Feed Mill. Formerly, she was the Exhibitions and Events Manager at the James Watrous Gallery, a program of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters where she remains on staff part-time as a financial advisor.

After gaining a masters degree in Contemporary Art Theory from Sotheby’s Institute in London, she moved to New York City and developed an expansive career in the food, beverage, and event industries. She relocated to Madison in 2014 and currently lives in the Atwood neighborhood on Madison's east side. Upon arrival, she gained employment as the business manager for various organizations and simultaneously produced large-scale culinary and visual art pop-ups as fundraisers for local non-profits, including The Apartment Project, Municipal, Makeshift, and the CSArt Dinner Series. Recently, she co-produced Femmestival with the Culinary Ladies Collective and curated Outside Looking In, a drive-thru exhibition in the windows of Garver Feed Mill. She looks forward to planning public events at Garver and throughout Madison that highlight Madison's creative economy while supporting artists, musicians, and culinary entrepreneurs.

Rae Senarighi / AKA Transpainter
Rae Senarighi / AKA Transpainter is your average non-binary cancer survivor inspiring self-compassion, activism and gender resilience via unapologetic portraiture and typography celebrating vibrant transgender and non-binary power. Rae's detailed, thoughtful artwork is influenced by years of scientific illustration, studying the natural world in micro and macro and being published multiple times in international publications such as Science and Nature magazines. 

As a fine artist, designer and muralist, he is best known for intricately illustrative typography and vividly colorful, large-scale portraiture. Rae champions storytelling through art, working to create accurate and celebratory representation of the transgender and non-binary community in the fine art world and beyond.

Rae’s work has been featured in galleries throughout the United States and internationally in a wide range of outlets such as TEDx, Art Voices magazine, DNA India, GLAAD and Netflix

Karin Wolf, Arts Program Administrator
Ms. Wolf came to the City of Madison in fall of 2006 with a background in arts project management, research, writing, and educational programs. She is the Arts Program Administrator for the Madison Arts Commission in the Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development.  She manages the City's arts grants, runs the gallery spaces, stewards the City's permanent collection of art, and handles the administration of new public art projects.

Prior to this position, she served as the Special Programs Coordinator in the Community Outreach Department at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, where she created award-winning programs for educators and K-16 students in art, design and technology. She has worked as an educational assistant at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, teaching, docenting, and assisting the Curator of Education.

She has a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and undergraduate degrees in History, History of Cultures, and Afro-American History.

She is a long time supporter of the arts and arts education, and has been involved with many community organizations in establishing exhibitions, educational programs, film festivals, temporary art, and permanent public sculpture projects.

The Madison Arts Commission meets on the following days in 2021:

Last Updated: 11/19/2021


Section 33.35 - The Madison Arts Commission - Ordinance outlining the Commission's composition, powers and duties.


Madison Arts
Madison Municipal Building
Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development
215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
PO Box 2985
Madison, WI 53701-2985


Karin Wolf, Madison Arts Program Administrator
Neighborhood Planning, Urban Design & Historic Preservation
Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development
Phone: (608) 261-9134
Fax: (608) 267-8739


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