Visit 516 ARTS for an open studio with guest artist Jennifer Angus in the final stages of her installation on the 25-foot high entrance wall of 516 ARTS for «Cross Pollination.» The public is invited to stop by to meet her, observe and ask questions about her remarkable process. Angus' work uses numerous insects arranged in patterns, anthropomorphizing insects in hopes of changing people's fear of them and promoting interest in the role they play in ecosystems.
Angus' stunning installation «In the Midnight Garden» was featured in the recent exhibition «Wonder» at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. She says, “Pattern can be just a visual stimulus, but it has the potential for so much more, to tell a story.” The stories Angus tells in her pieces are of transformation—from the unknown to the known, from off-putting to enchanting.
Jennifer Angus is a professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She received her education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). She has exhibited her work internationally including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Spain. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board grants. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison she has received annual grants from the Graduate School, as well as the Vilas Associate Award, the Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creative Arts, the Romnes Fellowship, the UW Arts Institute Creative Arts Award, and most recently the Kellett Mid Career Faculty Researcher Award. The Ontario Association of Art Galleries selected her exhibition «A Terrible Beauty» at the Textile Museum of Canada as “Exhibition of the Year” in 2006.