Nine from Art Department win 2024 Creative Arts Awards

The UW–Madison Division of the Arts has announced the recipients of the 2024 Creative Arts Awards, who will be recognized at special gala event on Tuesday, May 2, at the Hamel Music Center. Among the award winners are nine individuals with ties to the School of Education’s Art Department.

The Creative Arts Awards program enables the Arts Division to recognize and support research and outreach in all areas of the creative arts at UW–Madison. Eight awards are open to a variety of arts practitioners, researchers, students (both undergraduate and graduate), staff, and faculty from arts academic departments, co-curricular arts units, and programs. The gala awards ceremony, presented by the Division of Arts, is a celebration of diverse and groundbreaking creative arts research that spans disciplines and departments across UW–Madison.

This year’s event will hold even greater significance, as it will form part of the UW–Madison’s 175th Anniversary celebration.

Top row, from left: Bennett, Singh, Sunde, Mascotti; Bottom row: Campbell, Fani, Ludak, Spears, Stackonis

The 2024 recipients of Creative Arts Awards include an Art Department alum, lecturer, and both undergraduate and graduate students:

Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts
Anna Campbell, MFA alumna, Art Department, and associate professor, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies

Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award
Hannah O’Hare Bennett, lecturer, Art Department

David and Edith Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts
Anamika Singh, MFA candidate, 4D, Art Department

Graduate Student Creative Arts Awards
Fatemeh Fani, MFA candidate, photography, Art Department
Matthew Ludak, MFA candidate, photography, Art Department
Caroyln Spears, MFA candidate, glassmaking, Art Department
Devon Stackonis, MFA candidate, printmaking, Art Department

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Arts Award
Madelyn Mascotti, Art Department
Abby Sunde, Art Department

“We’re proud of the diverse group of awardees from across UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students this year, who are doing groundbreaking and innovative research intended to benefit the communities we serve.” says Christopher Walker, director of the Division of the Arts and professor in the School of Education’s Dance Department. “There is a renaissance in the arts post COVID, and the Creative Arts Awards serves to recognize excellence and equip our talented recipients to lead the change and to go boldly with work that advances the Wisconsin Idea.”

The Creative Arts Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 2, at 5 p.m., in Mead Witter Concert Hall inside the Hamel Music Center, with a reception to follow.

Learn more about all of this year’s awardees.

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