August 20, 2016
BENEFITING: Friends Of Sid Boyum Inc
Karen Bassler wrote -
Sid Boyum was a Madison legend, one of those manic Wisconsin folk artists who just can’t help themselves from churning out fascinating, ambitious works of art. He's best known today for the fantastical variety of concrete sculptures found around the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood, the result of the largest public art donation in the city's history, made by Sid's son Steve.
Sid made his living as an industrial photographer. He produced thousands of photographs (including whimsical self-portraits), drawings, paintings and bas-relief works. Sid also drew the Wisconsin State Journal’s fishing season opener posters from 1963-1989. After Steve Boyum's death, the house where Sid lived most of his life and where he created art in profusion has been sitting empty, falling into decay. Last year, Dane County seized the house and the thousands of works of art inside for back taxes.
If the Friends of Sid Boyum cannot raise $25,000 by September 2016, the county will auction the house, property and the artistic legacy of Sid Boyum to the highest bidder. We cannot afford to lose this battle! Sid's house is itself an amazing work of his artistic vision - each room decorated and redone in bold, flamboyant style, the back yard a maze of concrete sculptures, every room filled to bursting with photos, paintings, drawings, books, and personal memorabilia.
Once the house is purchased and the art protected from loss, the Friends of Sid Boyum will work with the neighborhood to develop a master plan for preserving this artist environment and making it and Sid's artworks available to the public.
Learn more: www.friendsofsidboyum.org