Announcing Finalist Groups for 2022 Arts Business Competition – April 27, 2022

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Business Competition is a campus-wide competition created to support and encourage new thinking and innovative ideas in the form of an art exhibition, event, series, commercial venture or other artistic project. The program provides financial support for student-driven projects.

Students submit their proposals, and a group of judges review them for creativity, innovation, success potential and added value to the arts. This year’s judges are Derrick Holt, consultant, teaching artist and recording engineer; Alejandro Miranda Cruz, director, cinematographer and co-founder of Bravebird; and Anne Katz, executive director of Arts Wisconsin.  

Three groups of finalists (listed below) will pitch their proposals at a public presentation on Wednesday, April 27 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building (330 N. Orchard Street). The event will also be streamed on Zoom. The competition is also part of the WARF-D2P Entrepreneurons program series. 

Judges will have time to ask additional questions before deliberating and granting prizes in the amount of $2000, $1000 or $500. Finalists have until May 2023 to implement their ideas. New this year, two additional Emerging Artist Awards will be granted to applicant groups (listed below) whose proposals demonstrate strong potential for success. Advance registration is kindly requested

The Arts Business Competition is presented by the Division of the Arts with support from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration along with the WARF-D2P Entrepreneurons. Funding for the Arts Business Competition is provided by the Anonymous Fund.

Finalists and majors

Mocha Books

Mocha Books is a project dedicated to bringing visibility to the lives and stories of Black youth by partnering with schools and organizations to distribute blank books to students to write and publish their autobiographies.

Kyla Pollard, BA, Radio, Television and Film 

The Mycological Menagerie

The Mycological Menagerie is a multi-media art exhibition aimed to support the understanding of fungi in the eyes of the public by demonstrating how fungi unites us all.

Savannah Gentry, Ph.D. candidate, Botany 
Nora Dunkirk, Ph.D. candidate, Botany 
Naamon Peyton, BS, Microbiology 

Smile Worldwide: Bringing Voiceless Creators to Market

Smile Worldwide: Bringing Voiceless Creators to Market aims to tell the stories and cultural awareness of the underrepresented in the world through their artwork.

Logan Butson, MBA candidate, Marketing Analytics and Insights 
Deeptanshu Jha, MBA candidate, Technology Strategy and Product Management
Joseline Nyinawabera, MBA candidate, Brand and Product Management
Owen Wade, MBA candidate, Brand and Product Management

Emerging Artists and Majors

Flow Project Gallery

The Flow Project Gallery brings Wisconsin’s water issues to the forefront through art by connecting UW student artists with water professionals across the state.

Julia Buskirk, BA, Journalism | Conservation Biology
Alexandra Lakind, Ph.D. candidate – Environment and Resources | Curriculum and Instruction 
Anna Heinen, BFA, Art | Environmental Studies 

Your African Quest

Your African Quest is a board game (8 years-old and above) aiming to satisfy the curiosity and knowledge about the diversity in Africa through different categories including countries and cities, food, nature, people and cultures. 

Joel Baraka, BS, Civil Engineering
Anson Liow, MS, Civil Engineering