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Wisconsin People & Ideas – Fall 2017

In this issue: Milwaukee uses art to bring attention to wastewater issues, Rhinelander keeps the School of the Arts flame alive, and the story of Janesville gets told. Dinner (on a train) is served and beer/biofuel research takes a step forward. Hot, hot glass at the Popelka Trenchard Studio in Sturgeon Bay and Meals on Wheels feeds bodies and souls. A look at the genesis of the Writing in Stone installation at the James Watrous Gallery as well as book reviews, and new fiction and poetry from our 2017 writing contest winners.

Volume: 
63
Issue Number: 
4

Floods, droughts, out-of-control fires: Are we willing to see and accept what the bigger picture shows us?

Standing with my toes in the warm sand, I watched my four-year-old daughter Violet coax out string on a small, orange kite.

Jones Island rendering by City as Living Laboratory.

A project under development in Milwaukee uses large-scale art to increase city residents' responsibility for—and understanding of—how water quality is connected to everyday choices we make.

In Janesville: An American Story, Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein explores the complex and unpredictable economic, political, and social forces that lie beyond our control.

Picking up where the School of the Arts left off, ArtStart is bringing the Rhinelander-area community together through art.

Petri dishes in the Hittinger lab at UW–Madison grow a multitude of wild yeast species. Undiscovered yeast species and engineered yeast hybrids may hold the key to unlocking the biofuel potential of switchgrass and other biomass crops.

Yeast hybrids may hold the key to unlocking the biofuel potential of switchgrass and other biomass crops. 

Meals on Wheels* annually delivers 218 million meals to 2.4 million Americans who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals.

Sturgeon Bay artists Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard transform molten glass into sometimes practical, sometimes whimsical works of art. Photo by Mike Roemer/roemerphoto.com.

Sturgeon Bay artists Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard transform molten glass into sometimes practical, sometimes whimsical works of art.

Railroading is a family affair for Greg, Mardell, and Alexander Vreeland. Their Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad is one of the few family-owned heritage railroad operations in the country.

Artist Terese Agnew (in wheelchair after an art-related accident) and her collaborators for the epic Writing in Stone installation. Photo by Studio Indigo Photography.

Instead of creating monuments for death and war, artist Terese Agnew makes monuments to transformative ideas and events from Wisconsin’s past. 

The five women, all in their thirties and costumed as pigs in pink cotton onesies, faces hidden by Petunia Pig masks, trotted in through the back door of the house on the corner of 16th and Marquette and into its dark kitchen.

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