Category Archives: Chautauqua Series

Patrick Hicks visits The BrickHouse

Patrick Hicks speaks at The BrickHouse

Patrick Hicks speaks at The BrickHouse

We hosted a small but appreciative crowd at The BrickHouse this past Tuesday for our latest Chautauqua Series presentation which kicks off our 50th Anniversary Season for the arts council. A heartfelt thanks to guest author and well-traveled Patrick Hicks from Augustana College and the South Dakota Humanities Council for their support of his visit to Madison. Be sure to look for Patrick’s latest novel this Spring from Random House, Inc.

Our 50th Celebration continues with a closing reception on October 3rd for guest artist Jerry Fogg at Dakota State, who we’ve partnered with once again for this showing. Stay connected with us for the latest on our efforts to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, and of course, join the party next time!

Our Chautauqua Series Returns this September with Patrick Hicks

Chautauqua Series with Patrick Hicks

Tuesday, September 17th

7pm, The BrickHouse Community Arts Center


We’ll kick off our 50th Anniversary Celebration with the return of our storied Chautauqua Series with accomplished writer and researcher Patrick Hicks and his South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau presentation “At Auschwitz and the Other Camps: Doing Research & Writing About a Nazi Concentration Camp”

Patrick Hicks is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Finding the Gossamer and This London, both from Ireland’s acclaimed press, Salmon Poetry. His work has appeared in some of the most vital literary journals and magazines in America, including Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Tar River Poetry, New Ohio Review, Natural Bridge, Salon, and many others. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, been a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition, and the Gival Press Novel Award. He has won the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, been a notable mention in Best American Stories, and he is the recipient of a number of grants, including ones from the Bush Artist Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His work with PBS’s Over South Dakota was nominated for an Emmy in 2012.

Patrick Hicks will be joining us this September for our next Chautauqua Series presentation.

Patrick Hicks will be joining us this September for our next Chautauqua Series presentation.

A former Visiting Fellow at Oxford and a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States, he is now the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College. For many years Patrick lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but he has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and he is a sucker for playing in the backyard with his four-year-old son, who was adopted from Korea. His first novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which is about the Holocaust, will be published by Steerforth/Random House in 2014. His next collection of poetry, Adoptable, is forthcoming with Salmon. For more about his work, visit

This program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Councill and is sponsored by the Madison Area Arts Council. This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and is held at The BrickHouse Community Arts Center, located in downtown Madison at 106 SE 2nd Street.

We’re back and ready to kick things off…

It’s been a good break, and we even found time to lend some support to Phil Baker as he performed in Library Park as part of their summer reading program this past July.  

We have a great fall season scheduled, so be sure to stay connected with us via Facebook or even Twitter, and we’ll do our best to keep you informed of the latest greatest from the Madison Area Arts Council. 

Alright, we’re going to be trying a few things, so breathe…

And you thought cats lived longer than arts councils?

Well, we’re going forward into 2013 with another kick, with even more great programs and yes, great food too. But, we need your support now more than ever before, so that means we need to hear more, and yes, see more, from our local creative friends and supporters of the arts.

This January 12th, we’re sponsoring acclaimed watercolor artist Jennifer Stone for a one day class and group show at The BrickHouse, and this looks to be by far the best deal of the year for a chance to work alongside such a noted and respected artist as Jennifer. We’re trying something new by offering these one-day classes for the community, and yes, there’s a very small charge (you won’t find a better deal around for classes of this quality) but we hope to continue to offer these classes in the coming year, so if you support it, they’ll be way more to look forward to right outside your back door.

Jen Stone Poster

We’re also scheduling the usual mix of great events you’ve come to love, from small concerts, to Double Header art showings, and a variety of speakers and writers from our Chautauqua Series – we’ll be calling on a few past friends for a surprise or two this year.

We’re thankful for all the support this past year, and if you haven’t made it to one of our fine events, be sure to come on out this January 12th, we’d love to see all of you (and way more often too!)

Just don’t go asking about cats.

White Night 2012 happened yet again…

Jim Groth was the first to take the stage at the Welk…

We’ve been sharing pics and clips of White Night 2012 this past week through Facebook, so if you haven’t seen those, take a moment to check it out!

Burlap Wolf King took the Welk stage as well, and notice those free cupcakes and cookies, cause some non-profit arts based organization had their 48th birthday…

Thanks again to Historic Prairie Village, The South Dakota Arts Council, our bands including Jim Groth, Thomas Hentges of Burlap Wolf King, and everyone from Wumpus, Angela and Emmeline, and our dedicated supporters, we loved it all, thanks for making it happen!

Thanks to our dedicated supporters, our guest artists love to play to a warm house….

Let’s Get it On, Madison…


White Night kicks off at 10 am with Plein air artists (that’s probably you or could be you) and then trains, bbq, camping, and of course, live amazing fantastic face melting music starting at 8 pm, and did we mention the cupcakes for someone’s 48th birthday?


Fresh Shirts…

Wow! 4 colors are available, the brown and blue are guy specific, the red and violet are for the ladies, all come equally awesome...and in 4 sizes too, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Awesome

Wow! 4 colors are available, the brown and blue are guy specific, the red and violet are for the ladies, all come equally awesome…and in 4 sizes too, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Awesome

Well, maybe not quite Paris, but these screen-printed beauties are on a vintage-look Egyptian shirt, and will be available in a variety of sizes at White Night for only $15 each.


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