Madison is brimming with public art, from the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the top of Bascom Hill to the dozens of fiberglass cows that populate the city. It's a defining trait of the city's landscape, it raises some big questions. What do we want our public art to say? Who should make it? What role should artists and the broader community should play in its creation?

The Cap Times hosted a panel discussion on public art at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday evening that posed some of those questions to a group of artists and art administrators.

The panelists included:

  • Kelly Parks Snider, artist

  • Mark Fraire, director of Dane Arts

  • Karin Wolf, Madison Arts Program administrator

  • Faisal Abdu’Allah, Creative Arts Community faculty director for UW-Madison’s Arts Institute

Cap Times reporter Lindsay Christians moderated the discussion.

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