Event Details

MAC Galleries at
Monroe Clinic Hospital

Monday, February 22, 2021 through Saturday, June 26, 2021
Monroe Clinic Hospital Building
515 22nd Avenue

Due to the global health crisis, the Art of Healing Exhibit "Celebrating the Square" Exhibit at the Monroe Clinic Galleries is open to Clinic Staff and Patients only. 

The Art of Healing 

The Monroe Arts Center and Monroe Clinic have partnered to provide patients, visitors, and staff with quarterly exhibitions in four gallery spaces in the Hospital building. This is not only an enrichment of the visual experience thus creating a healthier environment, but these exhibitions bring local artists and the community together.

Celebrating the Square by Dan Ott

February 22, 2021 - June 26, 2021

Born in Manhattan Beach, California in 1954, Dan Ott is a proud 5th generation Southern Californian who spent his youth on the beach and his adulthood in the Midwest, studying and teaching at UW-Madison.   Ott earned a BA from the Claremont McKenna College in California, an MAT from Oakland University in Michigan, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brooklyn, Wisconsin is his home, where he lives on a farm with his wife, Mary Grace.?

Of his work, Dan says, "My recent abstract assemblages, built entirely of cut paper squares, are celebrations of color, light, texture, contemplation and composition.   The process of creating a cut-paper assemblage is an ongoing exercise in artistic awareness in that I am constantly searching for discarded paper products (packaging, junk mail, posters, advertising, magazines, etc) that catch my imaginative eye.  Source material, also culled from my own painting and photography experiments, is selected based on color, line, and texture.  It is then cut into various sized squares, from 3” large to ¼” small.   Squares are then methodically bonded to each other recognizing the relationships between artistic fundamentals and graphic design.  I struggle with similar and competing elements until a harmonious resolution is achieved.  The outcome of this labor intense process is a beautifully composed design which can stand alone, but will ultimately become a small facet of a much larger piece.

 I work in layers and within geometric shapes, combining elements until I feel satisfied with the whole. The amazing aspect of the whole is that each tiny area is a new fully-realized composition unto itself. In my larger cut-piece assemblages, each little square within a square is a meticulously constructed miniature work of art, and there are hundreds, no... thousands of discoveries in the big piece waiting patiently for a further inspection. 


The MAC Gallery Season is Underwritten by; Mike and Shelley Muranyi, Paul and Sue Barrett, David and Julie Buchanan, Gof and Mary Thomson, Pete Guenther and Barb Woodriff, Don Amphlett and Jan Johnson, David and Janeen Babler, and Chuck and Chris Wellington.


Gallery Viewing Guidelines:

The galleries are open by appointment only to groups of six persons or less. Call 608-325-5700 to schedule a time to visit the Gallery.

Appointments to tour the galleries are available:
Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm



Monroe Arts Center gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public.