Academic Staff Art Gallery

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The Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff launched The Academic Staff Art Gallery in the 2010 in 270 Bascom. It is a place to showcase talented artists from within Academic Staff. Exhibits change on a semester by semester basis.

This semester’s featured artist: Bill Feeny. Bill Feeny is a Senior Artist, Emeritus, in the Department of Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology).

Nature’s Whimsy: The Cartoons of Bill Feeny

Artist’s Statement

After decades as a production artist and illustrator, I decided to indulge myself in a loose cartoon style. These are just a few examples from over a year of trying to do a cartoon each day, which is something several people I know have done. Here are a few random samples from what I played with.


I was born 1956 in Connecticut. My father was faculty at Famous Artists School. In the summer of 1969, the family moved to Madison where my father had taken a job in the Commercial Art Program at MATC. Since 1976 I’ve been an illustrator/cartoonist. I worked in a publishing house called AR Editions for 8 years until I managed to land the position in Zoology as house artist. I have worked on too many projects to list. Some were a series of weird calendars called “The Decline and Fall Calendar of Significant Events,” which ran until the internet took over how people get their information. I’ve worked on dozens of books over the years and produced dozens of record albums (Remember albums? They are back.), plus promo artwork for all kinds of events ever since 1976. I am willing to do pro bono work for what I consider to be a worthy cause.

Opening Reception Poster

More about the Gallery:

Past Academic Staff Art Galleries

The room provides a forum to display 2-D artwork created  by UW-Madison academic staff.  The Office has 3 walls at 270 Bascom Hall that have been prepared to display framed, ready to hang 2-d art works.  Artwork will be on display either the fall or spring semester and will be given recognition through various campus publications.  If you would like to have your work considered for exhibition in the Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff please contact the Office Secretary of the Academic Staff office at with the following information:

  • Your contact information (indicate your academic staff position on campus)
  • A short artistic statement describing your art and creative concerns
  • A works list
  • Four to ten images of your work