The Friends of Sid Boyum formed in response to an emergency situation - the seizure of his former home and studio by Dane County for non-payment of back taxes, and the imminent sale of that property at public auction. Knowing that the house was full of uncataloged art, and the yard still housing dozens of sculptures, we couldn't let them be potentially lost to a developer interested in purchasing the property to tear down the house and build new. We convinced the Dane County treasurer to postpone the auction for a year, allowing us time to fundraise to purchase the house and art.
In partnership with the City of Madison, we hope to be able to buy the house for the back taxes, approximately $25,000. Once acquired, we will work with the community to develop a master plan to salvage, restore and exhibit the paintings, photographs, movies, sculptures and memorabilia, raising awareness of Sid's life and works, and creating a community tribute to the man known as the Mayor of Atwood Avenue.