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Professor Angus wins major campus award

Professor Jennifer Angus, faculty member in Design Studies at the School of Human Ecology, has received a Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Researcher Award. Given by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, the award recognizes Angus’ academic success, extraordinary achievements as an artist, and enviable record of service to the local and global community.

This honor coincides with Angus’ exhibition In the Midnight Garden, which is part of Wonder the inaugural exhibition of the reopened Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.  Angus is one of “nine leading contemporary artists” selected by curator Nicholas Bell for this landmark exhibition. More than half a million people are expected to visit Wonder over the course of the show.

Jennifer Angus, In the Midnight Garden, 2015, Part of WONDER at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jennifer Angus, In the Midnight Garden, 2015, is part of Wonder at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

“It is without doubt a career high for Professor Angus to be selected for this exhibition,” notes Dean Soyeon Shim. “Along with receiving the Kellett Award, this solidifies her position as one of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s highest profile visual artist.”

Reviews of Angus’s work have appeared in the New York Times on three occasions, the Huffington Post, Artlink magazine out of Australia, the cover of Hamptons Cottage and Garden magazine, Art Papers magazine, NY Arts Magazine, Architectural Digest Russian edition, Selvedge magazine out of the UK,Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail, American Craft, Surface Design Journal, ArtNews, and many others.

Creating some of the most provocative work in an art museum setting, Angus’ medium is insects. She composes patterns using thousands of insects placing them in arrangements that suggest wallpaper and textiles.


This award is made possible by the generosity of the UW-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

The fellowship is named in honor of William R. Kellett, a WARF Trustee and President of the WARF Board. A Wisconsin native, graduate of the College of Engineering and an enthusiastic supporter of the University, he held an abiding commitment to the reform and progress of Wisconsin’s educational institutions.