International Visiting Artist Program

The International Visiting Artist Program (IVAP) is a collaboration between the Division of the Arts (DotA) and the International Division, which funds the program. This partnership, launched in the fall of 2019, supports short-term residences for international artists on campus. Through IVAP, the Division is able to bring visiting artists and their expertise into existing campus arts programs. Visiting artists expand students’ horizons and facilitate opportunities for future collaborations and careers abroad. IVAP artists might not otherwise have the chance to share their work in the United States, especially artists from less developed countries, those of marginalized identities, or those who provide a unique perspective to their field.

“As an artist and dance pedagogue, the entire program has been truly inspiring, and I’m very grateful for the experience. I believe exchanges like this do broaden the field of research, while creating more connections.”

Sandra Vincent, Fall 2019 International Visiting Artist

Fall 2019

The first residency brought Belgian dancer, choreographer, and teacher Sandra Vincent to campus September 16 – 22, 2019.

Vincent’s experimental work in the lineage of Anna Halprin, a revolutionary postmodern dancer and influential alumna of UW–Madison’s Dance Department, contributed a contemporary European perspective to the creative practice taking place on campus. With musician and guest artist Benjamin Francart, Vincent taught and met with over 100 students in the Dance Department and The Studio. The two also led improvisational dance workshops in Madison and Mazomanie for community members.

Spring 2020

International filmmakers Fernanda Valadez from Mexico and Chiara Malta from France were scheduled to visit Madison as part of the Wisconsin Film Festival in April, 2020. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting travel restrictions and cancelation of the in-person Wisconsin Film Festival, these residencies did not take place.

Spring 2021

The International Visiting Artist Program is sponsoring two artists, Bgirl Key and Lady C, in conjunction with the fall 2020 IARP artist Michele Byrd-McPhee who has worked with both artists.

Lady C and Bgirl Key will teach master classes remotely as part of Assistant Professor of Dance, Duane Lee Holland, Jr.’s Hip-Hop dance classes in the spring of 2021. Duane Lee Holland, Jr. served as lead faculty for the fall residency, and Byrd-McPhee’s return to host Lady C and Bgirl Key will extend the impact of the residency. Their involvement in IVAP supplements the international aspect of the curriculum and highlights more women artists in a very predominately male-oriented field.