Bringing the World Back Home

The Peace Corps and Africa conference will commence on Thursday, March 24th with a reception to celebrate the opening of Bringing the World Back Home, an exhibit of art and stories brought back by Peace Corps volunteers, produced by Daniel Swadener, curated by Donna Page, and organized by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison. The reception will be held at the Promega Corporation Art Showcase in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.

About the exhibit
Bringing the World Back Home recognizes Wisconsin Peace Corps volunteers whose 50 years of service has affected thousands of lives in various parts of the world.  This exhibition is a concrete way for returned volunteers in Dane County to share their experience.  The art objects are windows into their memories and experiences with their overseas communities, and honor the people who welcomed them so warmly into their homes. In turn, the volunteers have been equally impacted by the cultures in which they found themselves.  Most say “I gained so much more than I gave.”  Returning home, they often brought artifacts with them, reminders of where they had been, of the people they’d been with, and of the time they’d shared.

Exhibition venues
Promega Corporation Art Showcase, 5445 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg.
Open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
March 24-May 31, 2011
Exhibition Reception: March 24 at 4:30pm in the galleries.
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Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Drive, Sun Prairie
Open Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm
April 2011
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Goodman Center, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison
Open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
March-April 2011
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Mazomanie Free Library, 102 Brodhead St., Mazomanie
Open Monday-Thursday 10am-12pm and 2pm-7pm, Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday, 10am-1pm
March-April 2011
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Children’s Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St., Madison
Open Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday 9:30am-5pm, Thursday 9:30am-8pm
March-April 2011
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About the curator
Donna Page curates exhibitions of African art, and has written several catalog essays documenting its cultural and aesthetic value.  Among these are House of the Spirit: Work and Collection of Danny Simmons (2010), A Cameroon World (2007), Artists and Patrons in Traditional African Cultures (2005) for Queensborough College-CUNY, and Keepers of the History for The Society of African Missions Museum in Tenafly, NJ.  She is co-author and co-editor of Surfaces: Color, Substances and Ritual Applications on African Sculpture (2009) published by Indiana University Press.  She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and taught studio art at Illinois Wesleyan University, Queensborough College-CUNY, and Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.