Art on the Rooftop is a free sculpture exhibition in the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. The exhibit began as an outdoor pilot project in 2014 to help showcase the rooftop as another “must-see” Madison destination. Art on the Rooftop 2017 includes seven works by five different artists from five states. The Rooftop exhibit will be on display through October 2017, and Nexus, on Olin Terrace, will be on display until May 2018.

The 2017 Sculptures

Sam Spiczka, Sauk Rapids, MN- “Nexus” and “Threshold”

Both Nexus, on Olin Terrace, and Threshold, on the rooftop, foreshadow the feeling of delving deeper into a place, and therefore into oneself. Spiczka emphasizes vulnerability in his forms, an emotive knowing that there is a black void beneath us which can either swallow us whole or bring us into bloom. The sculptures show that we can either ignore this reality or open ourselves up to it.

Jeremy Rudd, Dyersville, IA- “Onward and Upward”

Onward and Upward presents the collision of the man-made and the natural world. The planar form of the piece represents a rising cycle through time. Although made of wood, the natural qualities and tendencies have been stripped away to be made useful. Topped with a small wheel and arm, this sculpture represents the world of agriculture.

Bruce Niemi, Kenosha, WI- “Transition” and “The Glorious Ascent”

The fluidity of a hard surface is emphasized in Transition and Glorious Ascent. Niemi intends for each viewer to experience each sculpture in a different way based on their individual backgrounds. These two sculptures are meant to display the sense of beauty and wonder of the heavens and earth.

Bounnak Thammavong, Kingston, IL- “Sproutling”

Thammavong uses his Asian-American heritage to create a visual poetry that emphasizes the aesthetic significance rather than a specific meaning in his work. Sproutling is an abstract representation of a maple seed. Seed of vibrant earth-red rusted steel, and leaves of shimmering brushed stainless. The metals speak to the decay of a withering plant; giving way to the promised hope of renewed life; peaking from an enigmatic seed.

Gerald Siciliano, Brooklyn NY- “JC#2 (Homage Series 1)”

JC#2 draws from the past, present, and future to establish a personal dialogue. This work is the second in a series of sculptures made in homage to others who have come before. A reinvention of John Chamberlain’s colorful metal sculptures made from crushed cars, Siciliano updates Chamberlain’s ideas by recycling discarded plastic bumper covers that contrast hard and soft imagery.

David Wells, Curator
David Wells serves as Gallery Director at Edgewood College, in charge of the art gallery exhibition program and college collections. He is also Artistic Director of GLEAM: Art in a New Light for Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. Wells has pursued interdisciplinary interests as a curator, arts administrator and practicing artist for over 35 years. David founded Curators Conversations Wisconsin, serves on the Wisconsin Visual Arts Achievement Awards selection panel (Museum of Wisconsin Art) and recently juried the 2016 Northeast Wisconsin Art Annual (Neville Public Museum, Green Bay) and Wisconsin Artwest 2017 (L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire).