Jennie Bastian: What's the Matter?

Jennie Bastian, Artist in Residence

Take a step back and gain a new perspective with the Bubbler's new Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Bastian.

Throughout August and September, Bastian is recreating the comfort and security of domestic space within the library that will serve as a backdrop for problem solving workshops. Everyone is invited to participate – library patrons and the general public.

Big or small, silly or serious – bring your problems and brainstorm solutions. Tea will be available at all times of day, and the domestic installation will weave itself throughout various areas of the library. Come with a willingness to share and leave with a plan that will leave you feeling lighter.

Bastian will be also be hosting drop-in open studio art sessions on Wednesday evenings. Vibes of comfort and coziness will help you recenter, relax, and refocus your energies towards your most creative self as you make something beautiful in the transformed Bubbler room. These open studios sessions are open to people of all ages and all levels.

August & September Workshops & Events

Problem Solving Workshops
Weekly on Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00pm | Registration required

Open Studio, Drawing, & Tea
Weekly on Wednesdays, 5:30-8:00pm | No registration required

Conflict Resolution & Problem Solving Workshops
Saturdays, Sept 9 & 23, 10:00am-12:00pm

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The Bubbler is partially funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Funding for the Artist in Residence is provided by the Friends of the Madison Public Library.

About Jennifer Bastian

Jennifer Bastian received her BFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She lives in Madison, WI and works for UW-Madison’s Digital Collections Center as a Digital Conversion Specialist. Bastian is obsessed with communal experiences, the generosity of strangers, and problem solving.