The Chazen Museum of Art: 750 University Ave Madison, WI 53706
The recently expanded campus museum holds the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin: more than 20,000 works include paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts. The permanent collection covers diverse historical periods, cultures, and geographic locations, from ancient Greece, Western Europe, and the Soviet Empire, to Moghul India, eighteenth-century Japan, and modern Africa. See the current temporary exhibition “Gifts of the Ebb Tide: The Sea in Japanese Prints.” For more information on the Chazen, check out www.chazen.wisc.edu.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: 227 State St Madison, WI 53703
In the heart of downtown Madison (and the site of the conference dinner), MMoCA showcases modern and contemporary art. Check out the current exhibitions: “Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950,” “Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano,” and the first solo show of UW Professor Leslie Smith, “I Dream Too Much: Paintings by Leslie Smith III.” For more information on MMoCA, visit www.mmoca.org.
Taliesin 5607 County Road C, Spring Green, WI 53588
Located 36 miles from Madison is the restored residence and studio of America’s legendary architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Reservations for tours of Taliesin are recommended. To make a reservation, call (608) 588-7900 or toll free at (877) 588-7900. For more information see www.taliesinpreservation.org.
Wisconsin Union Terrace: 800 Langdon St Madison, WI 53706
Drop by for a beer, a brat or campus-made Babcock ice cream and a nice view of Lake Mendota. Part of the Union is under construction, but the terrace remains open and buzzing with students and alumni. For more information on the Terrace or other union activities, go to http://www.union.wisc.edu.
UW Arboretum: 1207 Seminole Hwy
The UW-Madison’s Arboretum is home to one of the oldest and most varied collections of restored ecological communities in the world. Public use is balanced between research, educational, and recreational needs. Located 2.9 miles from campus, the Arboretum is a great place for walks and runs. The Visitor Center is open weekdays from 9:30am-4pm, trails and Visitor Center parking lots are open year-round from 7:00am-10:00pm. For more information, go to http://uwarboretum.org.