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Radio Chipstone: ArtWorking Founder & Artists With Disabilities

One of the many joys of art is that it allows us to experience the world through someone else's lens. It's a form of communication that encourages you to consider other points of view, perspectives or experiences.

Lance Owens is the director of ArtWorking, an organization that guides individuals with developmental and intellectual challenges along the path of generating income through art.

Owens came to UW-Madison to pursue an MFA in visual arts and printmaking. He took a part-time job working for an organization focused on working with individuals living with intellectual and developmental challenges.

After graduating, Owens found promoting his own artwork to be a bit too ego-driven and self-focused. He says he wanted to do something that was more expansive. Combining his background in fine arts and his love for his clients, Owens created ArtWorking 12 years ago.

In this edition of Radio Chipstone, Owens tells contributor Gianofer Fields, that in working with the artists who participate in ArtWorking, he’s found kindred spirits:

ArtWorking is hosting a holiday pop-up sale this weekend at the Madison Theater Guild. The pop-up runs until Sunday, Nov. 11.

Material culture contributor Gianofer Fields curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.