Local Folk Artists Featured in Exhibit at Dane County Regional Airport

  • Else Bigton of Barronett, photo courtesy of Wisconsin Arts Board
    Else Bigton of Barronett, photo courtesy of Wisconsin Arts Board
    Else Bigton of Barronett, photo courtesy of Wisconsin Arts Board
    Else Bigton of Barronett, photo courtesy of Wisconsin Arts Board
  • Coleen Bins of Egg Harbor, WI, member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
    Coleen Bins of Egg Harbor, WI, member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
    Coleen Bins of Egg Harbor, WI, member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
    Coleen Bins of Egg Harbor, WI, member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
  • Bobby Bullet of Iron River, MI is a member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a singer/songwriter whose songs comment on issues of importance to the tribe.
    Bobby Bullet of Iron River, MI is a member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a singer/songwriter whose songs comment on issues of importance to the tribe.
    Bobby Bullet of Iron River, MI is a member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a singer/songwriter whose songs comment on issues of importance to the tribe.
    Bobby Bullet of Iron River, MI is a member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a singer/songwriter whose songs comment on issues of importance to the tribe.
  • Jose Chavez and his apprentice Emiliano Lake-Herrera, both of Milwaukee, created paper mache figures used in Day of the Dead celebrations.
    Jose Chavez and his apprentice Emiliano Lake-Herrera, both of Milwaukee, created paper mache figures used in Day of the Dead celebrations.
    Jose Chavez and his apprentice Emiliano Lake-Herrera, both of Milwaukee, created paper mache figures used in Day of the Dead celebrations.
    Jose Chavez and his apprentice Emiliano Lake-Herrera, both of Milwaukee, created paper mache figures used in Day of the Dead celebrations.
  • Tani Diakite of Madison makes and plays Malian lutes, especially the kamalen'goni.
    Tani Diakite of Madison makes and plays Malian lutes, especially the kamalen'goni.
    Tani Diakite of Madison makes and plays Malian lutes, especially the kamalen'goni.
    Tani Diakite of Madison makes and plays Malian lutes, especially the kamalen'goni.
  • Koffi Zoe Dogbevi of Madison, originally from Lome, Togo, taught apprentices West African drumming.
    Koffi Zoe Dogbevi of Madison, originally from Lome, Togo, taught apprentices West African drumming.
    Koffi Zoe Dogbevi of Madison, originally from Lome, Togo, taught apprentices West African drumming.
    Koffi Zoe Dogbevi of Madison, originally from Lome, Togo, taught apprentices West African drumming.
  • Quilter Pat Ehrenberg of Ripon
    Quilter Pat Ehrenberg of Ripon
    Quilter Pat Ehrenberg of Ripon
    Quilter Pat Ehrenberg of Ripon
  • Wade Fernandez, Sr. of Keshena is a member of the Menominee Nation. He is an internationally recognized musician who taught the Native flute to apprentices at the Menominee Tribal School.
    Wade Fernandez, Sr. of Keshena is a member of the Menominee Nation. He is an internationally recognized musician who taught the Native flute to apprentices at the Menominee Tribal School.
    Wade Fernandez, Sr. of Keshena is a member of the Menominee Nation. He is an internationally recognized musician who taught the Native flute to apprentices at the Menominee Tribal School.
    Wade Fernandez, Sr. of Keshena is a member of the Menominee Nation. He is an internationally recognized musician who taught the Native flute to apprentices at the Menominee Tribal School.
  • Roberto Franco of Greendale, WI is an Aztec/Mexica dancer, drummer and regalia maker.
    Roberto Franco of Greendale, WI is an Aztec/Mexica dancer, drummer and regalia maker.
    Roberto Franco of Greendale, WI is an Aztec/Mexica dancer, drummer and regalia maker.
    Roberto Franco of Greendale, WI is an Aztec/Mexica dancer, drummer and regalia maker.
  • Bustle by Gerald Hawpetoss of Neopit, WI, a member of the Menominee Nation.  Gerald was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment of the Arts in 1992.
    Bustle by Gerald Hawpetoss of Neopit, WI, a member of the Menominee Nation. Gerald was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment of the Arts in 1992.
    Bustle by Gerald Hawpetoss of Neopit, WI, a member of the Menominee Nation.  Gerald was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment of the Arts in 1992.
    Bustle by Gerald Hawpetoss of Neopit, WI, a member of the Menominee Nation. Gerald was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment of the Arts in 1992.
  • Oneida Nation member Karen Ann Hoffman of Stevens Point with raised beadwork urn recently purchased by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian for their permanent collection.
    Oneida Nation member Karen Ann Hoffman of Stevens Point with raised beadwork urn recently purchased by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian for their permanent collection.
    Oneida Nation member Karen Ann Hoffman of Stevens Point with raised beadwork urn recently purchased by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian for their permanent collection.
    Oneida Nation member Karen Ann Hoffman of Stevens Point with raised beadwork urn recently purchased by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian for their permanent collection.
  • Frank Montano of Bayfield is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe). He taught an apprentice how to make Woodland flutes.
    Frank Montano of Bayfield is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe). He taught an apprentice how to make Woodland flutes.
    Frank Montano of Bayfield is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe). He taught an apprentice how to make Woodland flutes.
    Frank Montano of Bayfield is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe). He taught an apprentice how to make Woodland flutes.
  • Phillip Odden of Barronett carves wooden items such as Norwegian ale hens and kubblestools.
    Phillip Odden of Barronett carves wooden items such as Norwegian ale hens and kubblestools.
    Phillip Odden of Barronett carves wooden items such as Norwegian ale hens and kubblestools.
    Phillip Odden of Barronett carves wooden items such as Norwegian ale hens and kubblestools.
  • Christine Okerlund of Wittenberg makes birchbark baskets decorated with quill embroidery.
    Christine Okerlund of Wittenberg makes birchbark baskets decorated with quill embroidery.
    Christine Okerlund of Wittenberg makes birchbark baskets decorated with quill embroidery.
    Christine Okerlund of Wittenberg makes birchbark baskets decorated with quill embroidery.
  • Teju the Storyteller of Milwaukee is a master storyteller in the African American narrative tradition.
    Teju the Storyteller of Milwaukee is a master storyteller in the African American narrative tradition.
    Teju the Storyteller of Milwaukee is a master storyteller in the African American narrative tradition.
    Teju the Storyteller of Milwaukee is a master storyteller in the African American narrative tradition.
  • Sandra Peterson, member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa, makes birch bark baskets.
    Sandra Peterson, member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa, makes birch bark baskets.
    Sandra Peterson, member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa, makes birch bark baskets.
    Sandra Peterson, member of the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa, makes birch bark baskets.
  • Nancy Schmidt of Waukesha is a gold medal winner in Norwegian rosemaling (decorative painting).
    Nancy Schmidt of Waukesha is a gold medal winner in Norwegian rosemaling (decorative painting).
    Nancy Schmidt of Waukesha is a gold medal winner in Norwegian rosemaling (decorative painting).
    Nancy Schmidt of Waukesha is a gold medal winner in Norwegian rosemaling (decorative painting).
  • April Stone Dahl harvests and processes the tress in order to create the black ash splints she then weaves into utilitarian baskets.
    April Stone Dahl harvests and processes the tress in order to create the black ash splints she then weaves into utilitarian baskets.
    April Stone Dahl harvests and processes the tress in order to create the black ash splints she then weaves into utilitarian baskets.
    April Stone Dahl harvests and processes the tress in order to create the black ash splints she then weaves into utilitarian baskets.
  • Djam Vivie was named a master wood carver by his community in Ghana before moving to Madison.  Shown here with a mask he made.
    Djam Vivie was named a master wood carver by his community in Ghana before moving to Madison. Shown here with a mask he made.
    Djam Vivie was named a master wood carver by his community in Ghana before moving to Madison.  Shown here with a mask he made.
    Djam Vivie was named a master wood carver by his community in Ghana before moving to Madison. Shown here with a mask he made.
  • Sidonka Wadina of Lyons, WI shown with woven straw creations.
    Sidonka Wadina of Lyons, WI shown with woven straw creations.
    Sidonka Wadina of Lyons, WI shown with woven straw creations.
    Sidonka Wadina of Lyons, WI shown with woven straw creations.
  • Ethel White of Milwaukee is an African American quilter who specializes in appliqué.
    Ethel White of Milwaukee is an African American quilter who specializes in appliqué.
    Ethel White of Milwaukee is an African American quilter who specializes in appliqué.
    Ethel White of Milwaukee is an African American quilter who specializes in appliqué.
MADISON, Wis. (October 12, 2012) – The treasured stories, talents and cultural heritages of artists in the Wisconsin Arts Board’s Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program are now on public display at the Dane County Regional Airport.  “Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition” runs now until March 31, 2013 at the Dane County Regional Airport’s Art Court. The exhibit was organized by the Wisconsin Arts Board and coordinated by Tandem Press of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The exhibition showcases the artworks of 26 nationally-recognized master artists from Wisconsin, representing a dozen different ethnicities.  Exhibitors include members from Wisconsin’s Native American tribes to descendants of 19th and 20th century immigrants from the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Slovakia, and Sweden. African-American artists and representatives from more recent immigration waves from countries such as Ghana, Mali, Togo and Mexico are also part of the collection.

Several artists from “Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition” will present programs at the Wisconsin Historical Museum and the Madison Children’s Museum during the six months of the exhibit.

Featured artists include:

• Else Bigton, Barronett – Norwegian carved furniture
• Coleen Bins, Egg Harbor – Iroquois (Oneida) silverwork
• Jose Chavez, Milwaukee –cartoneria (Mexican papier mache sculptures)
• Tani Diakite, Madison – Malian lute "kamalin'goni"
• Pat Ehrenberg, Ripon - quilting
• Roberto Franco, Greendale – Aztec/Mexica feather art, regalia, dance and drumming
• Elena Greendeer, Black River Falls – Ho Chunk traditional regalia
• Karen Ann Hoffman, Stevens Point - Iroquois raised beadwork
• Wyona Jack, Lac du Flambeau – Ojibwe birchbark basketry
• Ramona Kochendorfer, Bruce – Dutch Hindeloopen painting
• Frank Montano, Bayfield - Woodland flutes
• Phil Odden, Barronett – Norwegian woodcarving
• Christine Okerlund, Wittenberg - porcupine quill decorated birch-bark baskets
• Nancy Schmidt, Waukesha – Norwegian rosemaling
• Bob Siegel, Mequon – Dutch wooden shoes
• April Stone-Dahl, Odanah – Ojibwe black ash basketry
• Jarrod Stone-Dahl, Odanah – birch-bark canoes and baskets
• Bobby Bullet St. Germaine, Iron River, MI – Ojibwe songwriting
• Djam Vivie, Madison – Ghanaian drum making
• Ethel White, Milwaukee – African American quilting

Folk traditions run deep within the cultures that have emerged from or relocated to Wisconsin. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program fosters the continuation of folk art so that traditions and cultural identities are preserved.  Through the program, a master artist skilled in the artistic traditions of his or her culture trains one or more apprentices in these crafts.  Art traditions can include song, dance, stories, baskets, painting, textiles, or any other traditional medium.

The Wisconsin Arts Board is the Wisconsin state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage. For more information visit http://artsboard.wisconsin.gov.

All photos our courtesy of the Wisconsin Arts Board