Visual arts

About the Madison Arts Commission – Planning – DPCED

Katie Howarth Ryan was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMOCA), where she sits on the Collection’s Standing Committee. Ryan completed two terms on the MMOCA Board of Directors and previously served as its Curator of Education. Ryan is also currently a professor at the Chazen Museum of Art.

Ryan moved from New York to Wisconsin where she worked for Art in America magazine and served as editor of ARTFORUM magazine. In Wisconsin, Ryan pursued graduate studies in art history at UW-Madison and served as a teaching assistant before serving as curator of education at MMOCA (then the Madison Art Center) . When she left the museum, she continued to volunteer in the community with special commitments to the Cooksville Historic Trust, Inc., Porter Township Zoning Committee Historical Commission, Education Committee Rotary gardens and in the schools of her four children. She is currently a resident of Madison and a member of the Rotary Club of Madison.

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

Anna spent her childhood in Madison and returned to the city in 2014 after completing a Masters in Art History at McGill University (Montreal, QC Canada). While in Montreal, she also received a Fulbright Fellowship, supporting her research on Indigenous art practices, critical race theory, and intersectional feminism.

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

Bethany Jurewicz (Vice-Chair)

Bethany Jurewicz is Director of Public Programming and Community Outreach at Garver Feed Mill. Previously, she was responsible for exhibitions and events 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 earning an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Sotheby’s Institute in London, she moved to New York and developed an extensive career in the food, drink and events industries. She moved to Madison in 2014 and currently lives in the Atwood neighborhood on the east side of Madison. Upon arrival, she got jobs as a business manager for various organizations and simultaneously produced large-scale food and visual art pop-ups as fundraisers for local nonprofits, 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-in display in the windows of Garver Feed Mill. She looks forward to planning public events in Garver and throughout Madison that showcase Madison’s creative economy while supporting artists, musicians and culinary entrepreneurs.

Lance Owens

Lance OwensLance Owens is the founder and director of ArtWorking, a nonprofit program that supports artists with disabilities who want to pursue careers in the arts and small business sectors. For much of the past two decades, Owens’ professional focus has been on inclusive arts practices and microenterprise development within the disability community. In particular, Owens has focused on the intersection of artistic entrepreneurship and social justice, and how art as a business practice can lead to community inclusion for marginalized populations.

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

Owens earned his BA in Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as an MFA from UW Madison, majoring in Printmaking.

Fabu Phillis Carter (Chair of the Permanent Grants Sub-Committee)

Fabu Phillis CarterFabu Phillis Carter is an artist professionally known as Poet Fabu in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a poet, columnist, storyteller and artist teacher who writes to encourage, inspire and remember. Selected as the first African American to become Madison Poet Laureate (2008-2012), she continues to share the black experience living in the South, Midwest and Africa. She is currently the poetry editor for Capitol City Hues and a culture columnist for the Cap Times newspaper. Dr. Fabu Carter holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi, African Women’s Centre. Fabu is currently working with Gary Glazner and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (New York) sharing poetry with seniors at six facilities. She is a teaching artist at the Overture Center for the Arts and a well-known poet-in-residence of Wisconsin. She is the recipient of grants from Dane Arts, the Madison Jazz Consortium, the Madison Arts Commission and the Wisconsin Arts Board and the author of four books of poetry. His website is

Nick Pjevach

Nick PjevachNick Pjevach is currently a Gift Analyst at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, having previously served as Development Database Manager at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. He is a lifelong resident of southeastern Wisconsin, having moved to Madison twice, both to pursue studies at UW: an MBA from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration and a BS in computer science.

Outside of work, Nick chairs the Greater Madison Music City Economic Impact Subcommittee, a broad coalition that strategizes for equity among all members of our city’s music ecosystem. Finally, he is a lecturer for construct the real, a free online school offered by Art and Labor Podcast. “Break Stuff: Luddism, the Californian Ideology, and How to Make Technology Work for Us” attempted to explore the current strange, wired world we find ourselves in and how to navigate it. A follow-up in late 2022 will explore artistic expression in relation to Frederick Jackson Turner’s Frontier thesis.

Rae Senarighi / A.K.A. Transpainter

Rae SenarighiRae Senarighi / A.K.A. Transpainter is your average non-binary cancer survivor inspiring self-compassion, activism, and gender resilience via unapologetic portraits and typography celebrating transgender and non-binary power dynamics. Rae’s detailed and thoughtful illustrations are influenced by years of scientific illustration, studying the natural world in micro and macro and published repeatedly in international publications such as Science and Nature magazines.

As an artist, designer, and muralist, he is best known for his intricate illustrative typography and large-scale, vividly colored portraits. Rae champions storytelling through art, working to create an accurate and celebratory representation of the transgender and non-binary community in the world of fine art and beyond.
Rae’s work has been featured in galleries across the US and internationally in a wide range of outlets such as TEDx, Art Voices magazine, DNA India, GLAAD and Netflix.


Meri Rose Ekberg

Meri Rose Ekberg is a Community and Cultural Resource Planner with the City of Madison’s Department of Community and Economic Planning and Development. She administers public art projects for the Madison Arts Commission and participates in historic preservation planning for the Landmarks Commission.

A Nevada native, Meri Rose has resided in the city of Madison since 2015. Prior to this role, she was associate director of the UW-Madison Public History Project and for several years managed educational programming at the Overture Center for the Arts. She has additional experience in exhibition curation, music festival administration, collection management, digital archiving, event planning and website design.

She holds a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in contemporary art history, theory, and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in studio art and art history from Western Washington University. .

Anglea Puerta

Angela Puerta is a Certified Planner for the City of Madison’s Department of Community and Economic Planning and Development. She started as an AASPIRE intern in 2014 and has been working full-time with the city since early 2016. She is bilingual in Spanish and has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from her native Colombia, and a master’s degree in urban planning. and regional of UW-Madison. Angela’s planning areas are neighborhood planning, community engagement and urban design.

Angela is also a professional musician, currently oversees music-related projects for the Madison Arts Commission, and is an active member of the Greater Madison Music City (GMMC) team. Angela leads the Tourism Music Hub’s GMMC Task Force and helps implement recommendations from the Music and Entertainment Equity Task Force.

Karine Wolf

Karin Wolf came to the city of Madison in the 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 Community and Economic Development and Planning. She manages the city’s arts grants, manages gallery spaces, manages the city’s permanent art collection, and handles the administration of new public art projects.

Prior to this role, she served as the Special Programs Coordinator with the Community Outreach Department at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, where she created award-winning programs for educators and students from K-12. 16th grade in art, design and technology. She has worked as an educational assistant at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, a teacher, teacher, and assistant curator of education. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and undergraduate degrees in history, cultural history, and African American history.

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