Contemporary Traditions of Folk Art Art

Sunday, June 7, 2009

6/9-9/1, Promega Gallery, Biopharmaceutical Technology Center (reception 4:30-6:30 pm, 6/9). 274-4330

When: 06/09/09
Call: 274-4330

More Information:
Promega Summer Art Showcase Features
Contemporary Traditions of Folk Art

The Promega Summer Art Showcase presents “Contemporary Traditions of Folk Art”. The summer showcase features the blending of traditional and contemporary artistic expression across cultures. The show spotlights from six perspectives:

Hmong – Artists create textile pieces including a story cloth provided by the Madison Children’s Museum.

Kuna Indian – Artists living off Panama’s Atlantic coast create colorful and intricate molas textiles.

Latino artist Joe Ray ( born in Mexico and raised on an Indian Reservation paints mythological figures from his cultural traditions.

Mexican – David Maculco paints retablos on tin panels that incorporate Mexican wrestlers with the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Tanzanian – Tingatinga art includes paintings and prints of sculptural tradition of the Makonde ebony carvers, best known for the carving of “spirit” and “devil” figures.

Ugandan – Artist Francis X Nnaggenda works in mixed media that look traditional but are made from circuit boards and other computer parts.

The Contemporary Traditions of Folk Art showcase opens Tuesday, June 9, 2009 and continues through September 1, 2009 at the Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center in Madison. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday 8 am-4 pm. A public art opening reception will be held on Tuesday, June 9 from 4:30-6:30 pm. Traditional Hmong music will be provided by the Madison Hmong community at the reception. Daniel Swadener, in conjunction with Promega, is the producer of the art exhibit.

For more information he can be contacted through e-mail at or visit his web site at:

Promega Corporation has sponsored the artist's showcase since 1996 as part of the company's commitment to creativity and innovation in the arts, cultures and sciences. The Biopharmaceutical Technology Center, located on 5445 East Cheryl Parkway two miles south of Highway 12/18 (Beltline) off Fish Hatchery Road, was developed, in part, to provide Promega employees and community members a place to pursue these goals.


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