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Flack, Newsome named Interdisciplinary Artists in Residence for 2018-19

January 03, 2018

The UW-Madison Arts Institute's Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program has selected two artists to teach in residence and conduct community outreach for the 2018-19 academic year. Playwright, producer, social entrepreneur and policy researcher Stuart Flack will join the university for the Fall 2018 semester, followed by multidisciplinary media artist Rashaad Newsome in Spring 2019.

Stuart Flack
Flack, who is based in Chicago, has conducted award-winning work as a playwright on productions at many of the leading theatres in the United States, including Southcoast Rep (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Culture Project (New York), Interact (Philadelphia), Victory Gardens (Chicago), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Texas Performing Arts (Austin, Texas) and Contemporary American Theatre Festival (Washington, D.C.). He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Environmental Law & Policy Center, a leading environmental advocacy organization.

Flack's residency is hosted by the Bolz Center for Arts Administration with Sherry Wagner-Henry as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the Design Studies Department, WARF, and Wisconsin Union Theater. While in residence, Flack will teach "Performing Information," bringing together ideas from social science, design, computer science, theatre, dance and writing to examine the theoretical background, history and most importantly, the practical issues around incorporating complex information into live performance.

Rashaad Newsome
Rashaad Newsome's residency in
the Spring 2019 semester will be
hosted by the School of
Education's Art Department and
co-sponsored, in part, by the
School's Dance Department.
Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including: collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance to form an altogether new field. Best known for his visually stunning collages housed in custom frames, Newsome's work is deeply invested in how images used in media and popular culture communicate distorted notions of power.  He has exhibited and is in the collections of organizations such as The Studio Museum (New York), Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and most recently had a show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Other examples of his more recent work and collaborations include the TV show “Empire,” Solange Knowles’ compilation album “Saint Heron,” MTV, W Magazine, and Atlantic Records.

Newsome's residency is hosted by the School of Education's Art Department, with Stephen Hilyard as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the School's Dance Department, First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Learning Community, Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and The Studio Creative Arts Community. In the spring of 2019, Newsome will teach "The Gesture of Collage as Practice," a hands-on studio class that provides a context in which students will learn strategies for exploring ideas through non-language based systems of expression.
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