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Welcome to Summer Arts Studio, UW-Madison’s art camp for adults. With expanded offerings in visual arts courses, as well as our first African Diaspora Dance Institute, this week-long, immersive experience has something for everyone, at every experience level.

Art and Dance Department faculty and internationally renowned teaching artists will engage and inspire you through focused technique instruction and skill building.

  • Visual Arts: Live like an artist for a week with daily workshops and evening studio time.
  • African Diaspora Dance: Move your body daily with West African, Afro Brazilian, and Hip-Hop dance forms. Build strength with Pilates, recover with yoga, and rest in the evenings.
  • All participants are invited to Summer Arts Studio’s curated events throughout the week.

Join us again this June in the vibrant city of Madison, Wisconsin to learn skills, make art, and build community!

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Course Details

When: June 22-27, 2020

Where: Madison, WI

Course Fees: Early bird pricing available now until April 1st

Visual Arts Workshops: $1900

African Diaspora Dance: $750

Lodging: Special rates at your choice of three conveniently located hotels.

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"After a long Academic year of serving students in my classroom, the Summer Arts Studio experience energized me to produce great art. I was able to find my artist voice and be among other artists and educators in a fun and relaxed atmosphere."

Leslie Dickerson


Come experience the African Diaspora Dance Institute, the dance workshop in UW–Madison’s Summer Arts Studio. This course featuring daily West African, Afro-Brazilian and Hip Hop dance classes, allows participants to learn skills, make art and build community by dancing into deeper mind, body and spiritual understandings of ancient and contemporary forms with African roots. Our master teachers and faculty are internationally-renowned innovators committed to sharing their vast experience and joy. Participants will take classes in all three disciplines along with Drumming for dancers, pilates and yoga during the week.


West African Dance – Asane Konte

Assane Kante teaching

Enjoy learning traditional dances and drum rhythms from the rich cultures of Senegal, Mali, Gambia and Guinea as Asane Konte promotes communal harmony, self-discipline, sharing and joy. These are also the movement foundations of African diasporic traditions including Hip-Hop, Afro-Brazilian and many other dance forms. Konte will lead dancers to develop deeper understandings of African cultural traditions, and history while exploring the connection between dance, music and community.  In-keeping with the mission of the Kankouran West African Dance Company founded in 1983, and the 36 year-old annual drum and dance conference which hosts participants nationally and internationally, this course will be an opportunity for cross-cultural learning and exchange where all are welcome.


Hip-Hop Dance – Duane Holland, Jr.

Explore hip-hop dance movement, terminology, history, and cultural practice. Students will learn the five styles of hip-hop (popping, locking, breaking, hip-hop, and house) and the pioneers of these styles. Duane Holland will also present the indigenous geographic origins and roots of funk and hip-hop dance while examining reinventions throughout the 20th century in America, eliminating any space for appropriation. Participants will feel how relationship between the drum, spirit, and body, in connection with the lyrics, manifests joyous dance and theory. Hip-Hop culture and dance is a contemporary form of African-American studies that embodies trans-generational conversation through music, dance, fashion, visual art, and theatre. This workshop will demystify limited interpretations of the culture and practice by acknowledging the cultural diplomacy, innovation, sophistication, intellect and joy in Hip-Hop. 


Afro-Brazilian Dance – Quenia Ribeiro

Experience the diverse cultural tapestry of dance, music and art from Brazil. Choreographer and dancer Quenia Ribeiro celebrates Brazilian and Afro Brazilian culture in its many forms through dance and inspired motion derived from African, Indigenous and Portuguese cultural traditions. Participants will explore Samba from Rio, Salvador da Bahia, Maractu, and Candomble Orisha dance. Through movement, color and motion the course will engage and inspire. Since its inception in 2007, Choreographer Quenia Ribeiro’s mission for Grupo Ribeiro has been to unite different cultures through a mutual appreciation of dance and music. This course will further that mission through joyful dance in community.


Drumming for Dancers – Yorel Lashley

Experience a drumming class that focuses on learning West African, Samba Batería and some Hip Hop technique by learning to play the rhythms that participants will be dancing in the West African, Afro-Brazlian and Hip-Hop classes with Yorel Lashley. Participants will also learn the history behind the drum rhythms and their relationships to the dances as well and their musical relationships to the movements from a dance-based perspective (not a music theoretical perspective), and explore the power of drumming. The artistic evolution of the specific rhythms taught beginning in African drumming, then moving to Brazil, and the caribbean, and then to the United States to jazz roots, and on to hip hop will be experienced by taking a journey through the actual rhythms and deconstructing the elements from each culture. This opportunity will further the mission of Drum Power to bring drumming to the fore as a powerful tool for the explicit artistic and personal practice of discipline, community, leadership and fun.


Course description coming soon.

Workshop location: Room 6441, George L. Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St, Madison, Wisconsin 53706




Course description coming soon.

Workshop location: Room 108 of the Art Lofts at 111 N. Frances St., Madison, WI 53703

Summer Arts Studio participant works in the hot shop                       Helen Lee assisting a student in the hot shop


Gallery image of work made during Summer Arts Studio                       A flame being used on a glass project

Course description coming soon.

Workshop location: Room 7121, 7th floor of the George L. Mosse Humanities Building on 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706

Derek Buisch working in the painting studio with Summer Arts Studio participants                      Summer Arts Studio participant works in the painting studio


Art work in the gallery for the Summer Arts Studio gallery reception                      Summer Arts Studio participant sharing work in the gallery with visitors

Course description coming soon.

Workshop location: Room 6451, 6th floor of the George L. Mosse Humanities Building on 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706

Participants in the screen printing studio with Art Librarian Anna Simon                      Emily Arthur in the screen printing studio


People looking at art in the gallery                      Participant sharing work in the gallery

Course description coming soon.

Workshop location: Room 7251, 7th floor of the George L. Mosse Humanities Building on 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706

Sylvie Rosenthal teaching students in her wood working class during Summer Arts Studio                      Sylvie Rosenthal showing students how to cut wood on a band saw


Student in gallery with wood working classes art work                      Wood table and wooden sign made during the woodworking class of Summer Arts Studio

Participant Testimonials

Summer Arts Studio participants observing art work form the wood working class

“As I reflect back on my time there, I have decided to change my curriculum for the upcoming term. I was inspired by Sylvie’s approach to teaching, her methods of relaying the importance of safety, and her creativity.”

-Benjamin Grignon

Participants looking at art in the gallery

“Emily Arthur is an exceptional printmaking teacher. She helps and encourages in a professional and pleasant way. She passed on a great deal of technical knowledge.”

Leslie Dickerson

Man holds child while looking at art work in the gallery

“This was a fantastic week. It was like taking a vacation from being an IT guy; not just a change in pace but change in who I am.”

Jess Born


Art Faculty

Emily Arthur headshotEmily Arthur, an Associate Professor of printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and served as Fellow at the Barnes Foundation for Theoretical and Critical Research. Collections include Tweed Museum, Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Autry Museum and Crocker Art Museum. Arthur works with zoologists, botanists and poets to elucidate the craft and knowledge-based disciplines of art and science at this moment when both are being distorted and devalued. www.emilyarthur.org





“My fine art practice is informed by a concern for the environment, displacement, exile and the return home from dislocation and separation. I seek the unbroken relationship between modern culture and ancient lands which uses tradition and story to make sense of the enduring quest to understand our changing experience of home.”

– Emily Arthur


West Coast Botanicals
Coastal Sage with Map (and Blue)
White Egrets with Peony

Derrick BuischAs a self-described “painter,” I consistently seek out new ways to experiment within the narrow avenues of paint on canvas. Certain marks, signs, scribbles, gestures are repeated by means of projection, stencils, and transfers. A vocabulary of visual chatter celebrates the distortions, interruptions, and interference within the painted surface. These works are very straightforward, taking on subjects like imaginary monsters and fantastic buildings. The blunt, naïve nature of the subjects serves as an easy foil/mask, allowing for a range of rich experimentation with paint chemistry, color, installations, and scale. The physical properties of the medium are constantly stressed, questioned, tweaked, and re-calibrated to keep the working visual vocabulary fresh and inventive. www.202c.com




“I believe in the importance of the reflective space provided by painting. I relish the slow time in both the making and the reading of the work. These paintings are a distilled chaos riddled with small incidences of uneasy hilarity, which creates a rigorous abstraction that is simultaneously evocative and elusive.”

– Derrick Buisch

Crab Factory
Wonder Eye
Tory Card

Helen Lee headshotHelen Lee is an artist, designer, educator, and glassblower. She holds an MFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BSAD in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her honors include the inaugural Irwin Borowsky Prize in Glass Art in 2013, the Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award in 2014, and the Gold Award in the 2016 Bullseye Emerge exhibition. She was nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2015, a USA Fellowship in 2016, and the ACC Emerging Voices Award in 2017. Her work is in the collections of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and Toyama City Institute of Glass Art. Lee has worked as a freelance graphic designer for Chronicle Books and Celery Design Collaborative, and was an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts from 2009-2011. She has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Art, Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and the MIT Glass Lab. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of Glass in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. www.pink-noise.org/



“My work examines issues of boundary, duality, and transformation — dwelling on the moments in which breath becomes sound, sound becomes spoken, the spoken word turns written, and the written word is shaped into dimensional form by my own breath.”

– Helen Lee



Meg Mitchell headshotMitchell received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of South Florida in 2005 and an MFA in New Genres from the University of Maryland College Park in 2008. She is currently the Associate/Graduate Chair and Associate Professor of Digital Media in the Department of Art at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mitchell has shown her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions, at venues such as the Museum for Applied Art in Vienna, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Conner Contemporary, the DC Arts Center and the International Waldkunst Zentrum in Germany. Her work is included in over 30 public collections nationally. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, such as Art Papers, Art in America and the Washington Post. www.megmitchell.com




“I think one of the reasons I do digital media is because it’s so expansive and always changing.”

– Meg Mitchell

And Now, A Dodo Curtsies While Raising The Red Flag
Careless Whispers For Plants
Blast Off (Bird Of A Feather)

Sylvie Rosenthal headshotSylvie Rosenthal started building as a six-year-old at the Eli Whitney Museum, where she made circuses, catapults, rockets, and robots. She received her BFA from The Rochester Institute of Technology, Woodworking and Furniture Design Program in the School for American Crafts, building two houses from the ground up with her mentor, Doug Sigler. She went on to receive her MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sylvie has been routinely invited as a visiting artist, teacher, and researcher to many schools including San Diego State University (CA), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Madison, Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School (ME), Anderson Ranch Arts Center (CO), Australia National University (Canberra, Australia) and Tainan National University of the Arts (Tainan, Taiwan R.O.C.). She has shown nationally at galleries and museums such as The Fuller Craft Museum (MA), The Mint Museum (NC), and the Museum of Art and Design (NYC). Currently, Sylvie maintains a studio practice making furniture on commission, production work for sale online, and sculpture dealing with the intersecting flight patterns of the histories of trade, the intentional and unintentional transplantations that come with it, hybridity, materiality, queer theory, and the natural world. Sylvie teaches woodworking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Fundamentals of Construction at Madison College’s Construction and Remodeling Program. She is also on the board of trustees of CERF+, the Artist’s Safety Net. When Sylvie isn’t doing the above, you might find her on her bike, teaching woodworking to kids, or traveling somewhere. www.sylvierosenthal.com


Artwork by Sylvie Rosenthal
CAVT Exhibit
Artwork by Sylvie Rosenthal
Still Life As Oasis









“My works are propositions. I churn my collection of seemingly disparate fields of knowledge such as history of science, craft, the natural world, queer theory, constructions of landscape, and ideas of wilderness. My works come together as an ensemble, carefully considered in size and scale to activate both the concept and materiality of the objects. The pieces are complete within themselves while connections constellate across them: working the work in the work, forming combinations that do not settle into taxonomic classification.”

-Sylvie Rosenthal


African Diaspora Dance Faculty

Asane Konte headshot

Assane Konte is one of the original founders of KanKouran West African Dance Company, an organization that he founded in 1983 with his childhood friend and master drummer, Abdou Kounta. Since then, Konte has dedicated his career to preserving and sharing Africa’s rich culture through dance and music. His choreography and costume designs have enhanced not only KanKouran’s stage presence, but also countless local and national dance companies. KanKouran has performed with symphony orchestras, chorales, church-based dance groups, tap-dance companies, ballet companies, theatrical productions, and other drum and dance companies from around the world. Konte presently serves on the faculty at Howard University. http://kankouran.org/a>



Duane Lee Holland Jr.headshotDuane Lee Holland Jr. began his career in gymnastics as a member of the Junior National Team. He launched his professional dance career at the age of 17 in the first hip-hop theater dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement. Holland appeared in the original Broadway cast of The Lion King as well as Maurice Hines’ Broadway production of Hot Feet, where he was a featured dancer and assistant choreographer. In 2015, Duane graduated magna cum laude from the University of Iowa with a master of fine arts degree in dance and a focus on choreography. Holland went on to join the Boston Conservatory at Berklee as their first full-time hip-hop faculty member, and he is currently serving as an assistant professor of dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Lisa Sexe headshotLiz Sexe is the choreographer and artistic director of the Madison-based Liz Sexe Dance Company, established in 2014. In her processes, tasks inspire poetic movement and athletic dancing is paired with deep intentionality. Her choreographic work has been featured at the World Dance Alliance Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Danceworks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Sexe has performed across the nation with Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company and Marlene Skog and Dancers. She received her master of fine arts degree in performance and choreography from Mills College in Oakland, California. Sexe is a lecturer in the Dance Department at UW-Madison.




Liz Sexe in dance studio                      Liz Sexe in dance studio

Quenia Ribeiro headshotQuenia Ribeiro is a dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With over 25 years of experience in the field, Ribeiro has performed Samba and Afro-Brazilian Dance in Greece, Martinique, Portugal, Brazil, and throughout the United States. Her studies in dance include elements of Classical Ballet, Street Samba of Rio De Janeiro, Afro-Brazilian Folkloric Dance, and Orixa movements rooted in Africa. Ribeiro has partnered with schools in both New York City and Brazil to teach Brazilian Dance and Creative Movement. Currently, Ribeiro choreographs and directs her own Dance Company, Grupo Ribeiro and teaches at Ailey Extension in New York City. https://www.sambasambasamba.com




Quenia Ribeiro                      Quenia Ribeiro                         Quenia Ribeiro

Yorel Lashley headshotYorel Lashley is an educator, percussionist, songwriter, and educational psychologist. In 2001, Lashley founded Drum Power, which has used the process of learning West African Traditional, Afro-Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban percussion to help more than 3,800 young people develop and practice social-emotional skills. In addition to Drum Power, Lashley also created the Relationships First professional development for building and maintaining healthy classroom culture and fully-integrated social-emotional learning. Lashley, who previously performed professionally in New York City for 12 years, currently performs West African, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, and New Orleans Second Line with a range of groups in the Midwest as well as Kankouran West African Dance Company. He also serves as the Director of Arts at PLACE. www.drumpower.com





Frequently Asked Questions

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Who Can Attend

Who can attend the Summer Arts Studio?
Anyone 18 years of age or older is eligible to participate.

I’m not a U.S. Citizen. Can I still attend?
Yes. We welcome international participants. If you have specific questions about visa requirements for your country, please contact us.


How much does the Summer Arts Studio cost?
Early bird pricing available now until April 1st.

Visual Arts Workshops: $1900 ($2000 after April 1st)
African Diaspora Dance: $750 ($800 after April 1st)

The price difference between Visual Arts and African Diaspora Dance is due to the fact that there no daily Open Studio evening/night hours, nor art materials for Dance.


When do I need to submit payment?
Upon registration, you will be asked to pay a nonrefundable deposit of $500. The balance is due on June 8th, 2020.

How do I pay?
You may pay your non-refundable deposit and tuition balance at our online registration site. We prefer online payment, but you may also pay by check (payable to “UW-Madison PLACE” and mailed to PLACE Summer Arts Studio, 225 N. Mills Street, Madison, WI 53706.

Can I cancel my enrollment?
If you cancel your enrollment you will forfeit your initial deposit. There are no refunds of tuition and no refunds in the event of early departure.

About the Art Workshops

How is the Summer Arts Studio structured?
Enjoy daily workshops from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; further explore and develop your craft during open studio hours (7-10 p.m.); join fellow attendees at evening art talks and cultural events to connect and refresh; and explore the vibrant city of Madison on your own during down time.

Is course credit available for participation in the Summer Arts Studio?
No, academic credit is not available.

Who is Summer Arts Studio for?
It is designed for a range of participants, from experienced and professional artists hoping to expand their range and knowledge of technique to those new to their selected medium seeking an initial opportunity to receive formal instruction and feedback.

About the Dance Workshops

How is the Summer Arts Studio structured?
Enjoy daily classes in all three disciplines along with Drumming for dancers, pilates and yoga from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. While West African, Afro-Brazilian and Hip Hop dance classes, will take place every day, Drumming for Dancers, pilates and yoga will take place on a rotating basis throughout the week. There will be two classes in the morning from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m. followed by an hour for lunch, and then class from 1:20 p.m.-2:50 p.m., and then two more classes (pilates, yoga and/or drumming depending on the day) ending between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Join fellow attendees at evening art talks and the faculty dance performance to connect and refresh; and explore the vibrant city of Madison on your own during down time.

Is course credit available for participation in the Summer Arts Studio?
No, academic credit is not available.

Who is Summer Arts Studio for?
It is designed for a range of participants, from experienced and professional dancers hoping to expand their range and knowledge of technique to beginners seeking an initial opportunity to receive formal instruction and feedback.

Social Life

What is the social and cultural life of the program like?
There is a strong social dimension to the workshop experience at Summer Arts Studio both in and out of class. Participants will regularly share work-in-progress; work together as makers in a learning community; and build together outside of class during art talks, the dance faculty performance, recreational activities, and evening social events.

What is the week’s social and cultural life like outside of the workshop classroom?
Classes end by 5:30 p.m. each day, leaving ample time for continued work in the studios by visual arts students, as well as evening events and communing. In the evenings, participants can walk down State Street, gather at cafes, hike the nearby trails, attend an art talk, or take a quick nap.

How are participants supported throughout the week?
As a participant of the Summer Arts Studio, you are part of a community where everyone – participants, instructors, university employees, and community members – is treated with common decency, tolerance, respect, and consideration. Anyone whose behavior does not align with this shared value will be asked to leave the program.

Getting to Summer Arts Studio


Being in the heart of the city, there are many accommodation choices from luxury to budget-minded. This year we have partnered with three area hotels to provide discounted rates to Summer Arts Studio participants: The Edgewater, The Graduate and Union South.

Traveling by Car

Madison is located in south-central Wisconsin and is accessible via several major highways. Madison is:

78 miles or a 1 ½-hour drive from Milwaukee, via Interstate 94
147 miles or a 2 ½-hour drive from Chicago, via Interstate 90
269 miles or a 4 ½-hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul, via Interstate 94
93 miles or a 2-hour drive from Dubuque, via US 151
Please allow 20-30 minutes to reach campus, find parking, and travel to your destination.

Traveling by Bus

Long distance intercity bus services providing scheduled service to Madison include Badger Coach, Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, Megabus, and Van Galder bus lines. There are daily connections to the Milwaukee and Chicago airports and Amtrak in Chicago. Many buses stop at Memorial Union.

Traveling by Plane

Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), on Madison’s northeast side, provides regional and national air service to and from Madison. Taxi and city bus service is available from the airport.

When should I arrive?
Summer Arts Studio will have a welcome breakfast on Monday, June 22nd from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive on campus between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. If you are flying, keep in mind that the Madison airport is about a 15-minute drive from campus. Arrivals by plane should be scheduled no later than Sunday night, June 21st when possible.

When should I depart?
The last workshop occurs on Saturday morning, followed by clean-up (for visual arts) and closing dinner party for all participants Saturday evening. If you are departing from the Madison airport, please schedule your flight by noon on Sunday, June 27, 2020 if staying in one of our partner hotels.


We can make arrangements to accommodate your accessibility needs. To make a confidential request call us at (608) 263-5140 or email conferences@education.wisc.edu


Lodging is not included in the cost of Summer Arts Studio, however we have arranged for special rates for our participants at the Edgewater Hotel, Union South, and The Graduate hotel in Madison.

The Edgewater

Group Name: Summer Arts Studio Room Block

Cutoff Date: Please reserve your room by Friday, May 8th, 2020 to secure the discounted room rate. After this date, any remaining rooms will be released and the hotel cannot guarantee the discounted rate.


Reservations Line: Call 800-922-5512 and ask for the Summer Arts Studio Room Block rate.


Union South

Group Code: SUMMERARTS20

Rates: $131 per night for a single person or $151 of two people. Parking is $18 per vehicle per night.

Website: https://union.wisc.edu/hotel

Reservations Line: 608.263.2600


The Graduate hotels

Lodging information coming soon!