The Inception of MadArt
Alison Milliman first conceived of MadArt while living abroad for a year in Melbourne, Australia. While there, she discovered a lively street art scene filled with emerging artists, whose works were often hidden down alleys and in unusual parts of the city. In visiting these locations, her interest in emerging artists and the joy of finding art in unexpected places began to form the core of MadArt’s mission. Further inspiration was found one day when Milliman was visiting her local neighborhood shops and inside their storefront windows was a show of contemporary artwork sharing primary space with everyday retail objects. Immediately upon experiencing this unexpected visual encounter, MadArt was conceived. After returning to the States, Milliman fostered a keen desire to rethink how and where we view art in our communities, exploring the idea of creating opportunities to see artwork outside the familiar venues. With The Window Art Project in 2009, MadArt’s first show exhibited artwork in storefront windows in Madison Park, Seattle and Milliman’s mission to help people “discover art in unexpected ways” was realized.
People at MadArt
Alison Milliman, Founder
Alison was born in Seattle, WA, and graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Art History in 1984. She continued her education in London at Christie’s year-long Fine and Decorative Arts course. From 1987-1999, she was the sole proprietor of Aspen Antique Appraisals in San Francisco and Seattle. Earlier work experience includes working at Foster/White Gallery, David Weatherford Antiques, Butterfield and Butterfield’s Auction House, and The Oriental Porcelain Gallery.
Currently, she serves on the University of Washington School of Art Board, having served as the board’s first Chairman. She has also served as a Board member for several local non-profits, including the University of Washington Foundation.
Tim Detweiler, Director
Tim Detweiler has spent his career working in museums and arts organizations. In his last two positions, he focused on advocating for Northwest artists in his roles as the Executive Director of the Museum of Northwest Art and the James & Janie Washington Foundation. He has consistently pushed for more recognition past and present Northwest artists in the art world.
Detweiler teaches in the University of Washington’s Museum Studies Certificate Program on Exhibit Design and Planning. He has also worked at the Chesapeake Maritime Museum, the Reading Public Museum, the Washington State History Museum, and the Museum of Flight.
Born in Connecticut and raised in Pennsylvania, Tim has been part of the Northwest art scene since he moved to the area in 1997.