Make Music Madison

Visual Artists

Each year Make Music Madison hires a local visual artist to create the artwork for that year’s poster and digital advertising.

2024 Artist: GG
Until recently, GG was a middle school teacher. Many things changed in 2020. Her diagnosis of bipolar disorder was the permission she needed to walk away from a toxic workplace at the height of the pandemic. While searching for relief, in March 2021, she discovered her talent for painting. She began by painting her TikTok followers’ pets. Since then, she has gained over 110k followers and ships her artwork globally. Through painting, GG works to build community and advocates for consent and compassion.

Her current project is “The Garden of 1000 Faces.” She is currently on portrait #187. This project reminds people to stop using filters in photographs and embrace themselves as works of art. Additionally, it aims to bring the luxury of being painted to everyday people. More people should know what it feels like to see themselves in art.

Recognized by the Wisconsin Arts Board as one of “50 Artists for 50 Years” and named in Artdose Magazine’s “Top 60 Artists to Follow in 2024,” GG continues to gain acclaim in the art world.

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2023 Artist: Tyler Brunsell
Tyler Brunsell is an emcee and Co-Founder of Supa Friends, a Hip Hop group based in Madison, WI. While still unsure of his fullest potential as someone who creates, he’s been included as a teaching artist in numerous Hip Hop literacy initiatives, such as Urban Community Arts Network’s (UCAN) Academic Rap Up, a program that allows students to express their knowledge through rhyme. By day, Tyler’s focus is geared toward administrative assistance for UCAN, podcast development for Studio 22, and graphic design, which leaves just enough room for him to continue defining his artistry under moonlight.

2022 Artist: Lauden Nute

Lauden is a graphic designer and illustrator located in Madison, WI. Influenced by the music, art, and pop culture of his youth he has been able to captivate a unique style that often is a hybrid of personal expression and refinement. Starting with graffiti art around the country, he later settled down to acquire a graphic design degree at Madison College. Lauden is currently employed at a local ad agency as an Art Director.

Make Music Madison 2022 Poster by Lauden Nute

2021 Artist: Avalon Clare

Avalon is a DJ, illustrator, designer, feminist, artist, activist, survivor, advocate, and writer. Raised in Northern Colorado, she lived in Puerto Rico before relocating to Madison in 2018. She received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2008.

2020 Artist: Jillian Moss
Jillian is a Graphic Design and Marketing student at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She grew up in Madison and took vocal and piano lessons at the Madison Music Foundry. With lots of experience in different areas of art growing up, she always knew she would follow a career in visual arts. With this, Jillian has had success in two Graphic Design Internships based in Madison at the American Family Insurance Headquarters. Today, Jillian is currently working as a Graphic Designer at the Advising, Retention, and Career Center on campus creating materials for various events, and is looking forward to graduating in May.

2018 & 2019 Artist: Jourdan Hines
Jourdan likes to think of himself as a modern Renaissance man; a working graphic designer, performing artist, and educator. As a designer, he manages his own business, Designs by Hines. He loves the intersection of design, technology, and communication and enjoys creative solutions. His style is inspired by minimalism because of its simple yet polished nature.

As a performing artist, he writes, records, and produces music under his own name. He performs regularly with his wife Mary Wallin or with a full band under the name Jourdan Hines & the Dapper Whimsy. Their style is a fun mix of pop, folk, bluegrass, or what Jourdan likes to call #feelgoodmusic. He’s currently recording his second solo album titled “In Between the Middle”.

As an educator, Jourdan has a BS in Music Theory & Composition and AAS in Music Production and has been teaching music for close to 20 years. He has worked closely with the Madison Music Foundry developing classes on the subjects of live sound and music production. In addition to teaching music, Jourdan is also an active yoga instructor and is currently developing a yoga class aimed at musicians’ health and well-being.

Featured Artwork for Make Music Madison 2019 by Jourdan Hines
Featured Artwork for Make Music Madison 2018 by Jourdan Hines

2017 Artist: Abbie Pull

2016 Artist: Ali Brooks
Ali Brooks is an artist, activist, and therapist. She gets great joy from bringing art and beauty to her surroundings, and has a lifelong legacy of doodling and decorating anything she could get her hands on, even puffy painting a colorful mural on her car during high school.  She considers her artwork to be part of a practice of honoring creation, expressing vulnerability, and re-imagining what’s possible for ourselves and our world.

Libra Rising Art gets its name from astrology and mythology, where Libra symbolizes beauty, justice, and connection. Ali is a social worker and community organizer in Madison, WI, and is deeply committed to working for individual and collective healing and transformation. Ali uses artistic expression to digest the trauma and oppression she comes into contact with in her daily work, and metabolize these experiences into truth, beauty, and creative medicine for our hearts.

Ali’s art, social justice work, and therapy practice are rooted in love, a vision for collective liberation, and a yearning for a world in which all people have the power and resources to reach their fullest human potential; as the Zapatistas have said, “A world in which many worlds fit.”

Ink and watercolor image of Madison's lakes with the isthmus defined by a silhouette of a trombone player, and a city skyline in bright watercolors across the bottom. Artist, Ali Brooks

2015 Artist: Shelby Floyd
“I love to make things. I arrived at design via animation via filmmaking via journalism via sound recording via music. I learned Illustrator working with vectors in a sign shop where we cut and welded vinyl and worked with various sign structures and oversize prints. Years before that I began using Photoshop creating collages and coloring and restoring photographs.”

Image features two lakes coming in from left and right, with a central red winding horn that frames a keyboard, guitar, buildings, bike paths, and greenspace, and ending in a horn bell that acts as a pedestal for the capitol dome.

2014 Artist: Elliot Gilfillan
Elliot has been a performer at Make Music Madison as part of The Earthlings, who released a new EP “Beacon” on March 25, 2016. He has also volunteered for Make Music Madison included bringing his drawing skills to the table to create our 2014 poster and Isthmus insert cover.

Hand drawn image of the central isthmus as a map created by sweeping, overlapping sheet music notation. Blue to white faded lakes give space for text "Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone" and a badge inset near the top of the image shows the Make Music Madison logo, introduced in 2013, and developed by KW2

2013: Introducing Make Music Madison
In our first year in 2013, we took the opportunity to introduce our logo, developed through a partnership with KW2.

words Make Music Madison stacked on top of each other in blocky space with Make on black, Music on red, and Madison on blue. The blocky text is surrounded by black filled shapes representing parts of a violin, trumpet, and guitar.