Spring 2016 Artist in Residence: Amy Franceschini of Futurefarmers

The CALS Departments of Horticulture and Community and Environmental Sociology are co-sponsors of this spring’s UW Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence Amy Franceschini.

Amy Franceschini is a social artist, designer and educator who creates formats for exchange and production that questions and challenges the social, cultural and environmental systems through temporary and permanent public art. In 1995, Franceschini founded Futurefarmers, an international collective of artists, activists, researchers, farmers, scientists and architects who work together to propose alternatives to current social, political and environmental systems.

During her residency at UW-Madison, Franceschini will teach the course “Ecology of Research: Seeds of Time,” invite guest artists to give presentations and work with students, speak at the Art Department’s “Visiting Artists Colloquium” and have her students present their research and projects. The students in the course will participate in some of Futurefarmers’ international public art projects. Current enrolled students represent a wide range of majors including art, design, chemistry, biology, agronomy and environmental science.

The residence program is put on by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute (presenter), the Art Department (host), and Departments of Design Studies (another co-sponsor).


Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Public Events
(all locations are in Madison and are free unless noted otherwise)

Wednesday, February 3 | 4:30 – 5:45pm
Artist Talk with Amy Franceschini
Art Department’s Visiting Artists Colloquium
UW-Madison campus
Room L160 Elvehjem Building | 800 University Ave.

Wednesday, February 10 | 4:30 – 5:45pm
Artist Talk with Michael Swaine
Art Department’s Visiting Artists Colloquium
UW-Madison campus
Room L160 Elvehjem Building | 800 University Ave.

Thursday, March 3 | 11:30am – 1pm
UW-MANIAC Lunch | Details to follow

Friday, April 22 | 6:30 – 9pm
Flatbread Society Seed Journey (SEE NOTE BELOW)
Ecology of Research: Seeds of Time students’ final presentation
Gates of Heaven | 302 E. Gorham St.
Limited Seating | Request online:

Additional information about Franceschini, the projects, guest artists, the residency and the Arts is available as a PDF file: Amy Franceschini Press Release.


Futurefarmers’ “Flatbread Society” is a permanent public art project created on a waterfront development in Oslo, Norway. Formed in 2012, “Flatbread Society” has resulted in the formation of an urban gardening community along with a permanent grainfield and bakehouse.

“Seed Journey” is a seafaring voyage that will transport varieties of ancient grains, recently discovered in Oslo, back to the Fertile Crescent. During their journey, they will stop in various cities in Europe and the Middle East to exchange ideas and grains with other members of the food commons movement – including artists and scientists.