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About the James Watrous Gallery

We hope to re-open at Overture Center for the Arts later in 2021. From April 15-July 24, we are hosting a pop-up exhibition, Vulnerable Bodies, in the Garver Gallery at Garver Feed Mill, 3241 Garver Green, Madison 53704. The Garver Gallery is well ventilated, masks are required, and we will observe occupancy limits to support social distancing. Private viewing may also be made by appointment. Please visit the exhibition page to learn more.

The James Watrous Gallery is a place to explore and learn about contemporary art in Wisconsin. Located on the third floor of Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison, the Watrous Gallery shows art from around the state and investigates ideas at the intersection of the sciences, arts, and letters. 

Paired solo shows are the gallery's most consistent format, although we present curated exhibitions as well. Solo exhibits present a significant body of artwork by a single artist, while our curated shows often reflect the Wisconsin Academy's special interest in drawing connections between art and other disciplines. Many of our exhibits and related events connect with themes explored through Wisconsin Academy Talks and Initiatives, as well as in the pages of Wisconsin People & Ideas

The James Watrous Gallery receives ongoing support from the Great Performance Fund at the Madison Community Foundation and the membership of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Programming is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


The James Watrous Gallery's exhibition calendar is filled for the next several years. Because the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reschedule most of the exhibitions scheduled for 2020 and 2021, our next call for artists will not be open for some time. If you have questions about eligibility for the call, please contact gallery director Jody Clowes. Thank you for your interest!


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1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608.733.6633


James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.733.6633 x25