When she graduated with an art degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, metalworker Rebecca Maurer discovered what many young Madison artists do.
Without university resources, like a studio space and equipment, finding space to make work was challenging.
“The art world is tough,” said Maurer. “It’s either very academic or very commercial.”
Armed with an idea and 3-D modeling software, last week Maurer launched a Kickstarter to fund a new artist studio space called Menagerie Artist Studios on Madison’s south side. Her goal is to purchase an office building at 1423 S. Park St., a property listed for sale for $310,000 and assessed by the city at $294,000.