UW–Madison alumna Gail Bach featured CowParade NYC


The work of UW–Madison alumna Gail Bach was featured in the global public art exhibit, CowParade NYC 2021, from Aug. through Sep. 2021.

Bach earned her bachelor’s degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1980. 

Photo of Gail Bach's painted cow
“Tropical Moood” was painted by UW–Madison alumna Gail Bach.

Bach painted one of 78 cows, which were decorated by artists from all over the United States. Her cow, titled “Tropical Moood,” reflects her love for the dazzling colors of the Caribbean.

“I am inspired and renewed by the beauty and serenity of the Caribbean and the intoxicating aquamarine color that changes into multi-blue hues with dazzling sparkle,” says Bach in her artist statement. “The spectacular color display of flora and fauna and the mesmerizing fragrance of the jasmine tree unlocked in me a creative impulse that is reflected in my numerous tropical jungle watercolors.”

Throughout the exhibit, the cows “grazed” in eight pastures throughout New York City: Industry City (Brooklyn), Hudson Yards (Manhattan), the New York Hall of Science (Queens), Bronx Community College (Bronx), National Lighthouse Museum (Staten Island), Rockaways Beach (The Rockaways), Macy’s at 34th Street, and Bloomingdale’s at 59th Street. Following the public exhibition, the cows were sold at an auction to support the nonprofit God’s Love We Deliver. 

God’s Love We Deliver’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of men, women, and children living with serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. The program prepares and delivers nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. All services are provided free to clients without regard to income. 

Learn more about Bach’s creation and CowParade NYC 2021.