MadArt was created in 2009 by Alison Milliman (BA 1984), and MadArt Studio came into existence in the South Lake Union neighborhood in 2013. This large space provides nearly endless possibilities for artists, which is why 3D4M Professors Amie McNeel and Mark Zirpel were selected to use it as a studio for a multi-faceted collaboration with Sam Stubblefield in 2016. This is an unusual opportunity for Division of Art faculty to do research on this scale; it will benefit both their own work and their interactions with students. According to the MadArt webpage for this project, Portfolio of Possibilities:
Here, they are experimenting with different materials and investigating the dynamic relationship between oceanic and celestial themes. The studio will become a multisensory and multidisciplinary exploration of buoyancy, gravity, kinetics, vibration, repetition, and scale.
While the artists are not working on any set schedule, the public is welcome to see the work in progress, either by peering through the windows when they are closed or visiting the MadArt Studio on weekdays, 10am-5pm. Appointments for other times may be possible by calling 206-623-1180.
The experimentation will morph into an exhibit that opens on Sunday, July 24, from noon to 6pm, and will remain up until August 27. Regular hours will be Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6pm. The installations will be open during Seattle Art Fair in early August, with a special MadArt After Dark event on Friday, August 5, from 8pm to midnight. There will also be an artist talk on Sunday, August 21, at 2pm.