The Inception of MadArt

Melbourne Street Art

Melbourne Street Art

Alison Milliman first conceived of MadArt while living for a year in Melbourne, Australia. In Melborne, she discovered a lively street art scene filled with emerging artists, whose works were often 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 when, one day, 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 . In 2009, the first show, The Window Art Project was exhibited in Madison Park, Seattle, WA. Her mantra to “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 served as a Board member for several local non-profits, including the University of Washington Foundation.




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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 artist 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 in the art world of Northwest artists of the past and present.

Tim 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 Northwest in 1997.