Irving Shain was born in Seattle, Washington on January 2, 1926. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946, then received a B.S. (1949) and Ph.D. (1952), both in chemistry, from the University of Washington.
Meet The Fellows
Although best known in some circles for writing Steve Miller's hit song "Space Cowboy", Ben Sidran is more widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio's landmark jazz series "Jazz Alive", which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television's "New Visions" series, which received the Ace Award for best music series.
Ronald Wallace is Felix Pollak Professor of Poetry and Halls-Bascom Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He serves as co-director of the program in creative writing, which he began in 1975, and as editor of the University of Wisconsin Press Poetry Series (Pollak and Brittingham Prizes), which he founded in 1985. He served as director of the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing (a post-MFA fellowship program he founded) from 1985-1998.
Geneva Johnson is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Family Service America, Inc. and Families International, Inc. She earned a B.S. degree from Albright College, an M.S. in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and a Certificate in Executive Management from the Harvard Business School. She began her career in human services as a Program Director for the Houston YWCA.
Sara O'Connor, inducted as a Wisconsin Academy Fellow in 1993, served as managing director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater for 21 years. A more complete biographical statement will be added to this website soon.
Ferne Caulker-Bronson is originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa. She came to Milwaukee for her final year of high school, graduating from Custer High. Notes her biographical statement on the website of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is on the faculty, "Her research on the connectivity between African culture and its aesthetic
Ruth DeYoung Kohler has become a living legend in Wisconsin over the past few decades as a result of her participation as patron, volunteer, administrator and moving force at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan. Her visionary goals as director there since 1972 have raised that institution to an international level, enriching the entire state by its presence.
A conservation icon and co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, George Archibald has cultivated and revolutionized the preservation of rare crane species and their wetland habitats. In 1973, along with Ron Sauey, he co-founded the International Crane Foundation, located in Baraboo, Wis.
Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703