From trauma to joy


An exhibit at the Chazen Museum highlights experiences of people of color

Jay Katelansky was walking home from her Frances Street art studio about three years ago when she noticed a police officer trailing her. Newly arrived in Madison from New Jersey, with iPhone in one hand and groceries in the other, she stopped to ask why. The officer said she matched the description of a woman who was reportedly begging for money in the area. She said it was a case of mistaken identity, but the officer did not believe her. He offered to drive her to a women’s shelter.

“I had to explain my existence, and that’s something that will always happen,” says Katelanksy, who recently won the 2016 Chazen Museum Prize for an Outstanding MFA Student. “I don’t know one person of color that isn’t depressed here.”

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U.S. News & World Report

Best Place to Live: #24 Madison, Wisconsin
I had the honor of researching, writing about and photographing my favorite city for U.S. News & World report.

Here are a few photos extra photos.

Lake Monona

View of the Madison, Wisconsin, isthmus from across Lake Monona.


The Yahara River, on Madison’s Near East Side, which connects Lakes Monona and Mendota.

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James Madison Park on Lake Mendota.

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The First Unitarian Society, one of several Madison buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


An early morning kayaker on Lake Monona.


The entrance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum on Lake Wingra.