Current & Upcoming | 2018


Patterns of Passage, public art commission by Jenie Gao

Bayview Foundation, Madison, WI | (view map)

Coming Fall 2018

Bayview Foundation provides affordable housing to low-income families in Madison. Their campus represents people from 12 different nationalities and their vision and mission are to embed the arts in the Bayview community, as a way to bring recognition to their neighborhood and create a stronger sense of community among their residents. Starting June 2018, I have been working with student residents at Bayview Foundation to create a project along the property line. The finished installation will debut in fall 2018.


Makeshift Festival, sponsorship and public art commission by Jenie Gao

Tenney-Lapham Park, Madison, WI | (view map)

On View: Sunday, August 12, 2018, 1 pm - 7 pm

Makeshift Festival is a one-day, temporary public art festival. I will be creating a life-size tunnel book for this event. Join us on August 12th to experience a total of 10 temporary installations at Tenney Park! This is the second year of Makeshift Festival in Madison, and to support the growing public art effort, I have offered my sponsorship to this event.




Reduction, printmaking exhibition

Abel Contemporary Gallery | (view map)

On View: April 20 - June 3, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, April 20

This exhibit explores the process of creating through removal. Featuring works by S.V. Medaris, Matt Repsher, Ryan Myers, Barry Newstat, Paul Jeselskis, Andy Rubin, Jenie Gao, Liz Pechacek, Nick Wroblewski, Brandon Norsted, Tommy Frank, and Chandra DeBuse.


Survival Tools, public art installation by Jenie Gao

Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI | (view map)

On View: April 14 - July 29, 2018

Opening Reception: April 14, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

In this site-specific installation, Madison artist and printmaker Jenie Gao focuses on two main subjects: the gundog and the bulldog. One represents war and violence, and the other protest and speech. Both subjects are fighting for their right to live. Gao believes that the common denominator behind current discussions about technology, war, human rights, and climate change revolve around what people believe is necessary to "survive" in this world and in the future—even if their ideas differ on possible solutions. Gao believes creativity is about connecting different ideas, people, and perspectives to find shared purpose to solve problems.


In Unison, public art installation by Jenie Gao

Madison Public Library: Central | (view map)

On View: March 2017 - present

Open to the public during library hours

Photography allowed. Tag #InUnison and @jeniegao on Instagram and Twitter

2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial, co-sponsored and organized by Wisconsin Visual Artists and Museum of Wisconsin Art

Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI | (view map)

On View: February 3 – April 8, 2018

Opening Party, Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 2:00–5:00

Experience the work of today’s leading Wisconsin artists. A record number of artists applied for this prestigious and competitive exhibition. 386 artists submitted 1,066 works for consideration by jurors Katherine Chang Liu, Graeme Reid, and Scott Zieher. Previous Biennial winners include S.V. Medaris, Warrington Colescott, and Tom Uttech.

The full list of the 2018 Wisconsin Biennial Artists are online at Museum of Wisconsin Art.

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