Robert "Bob" Hanneman is an wonderfully talented 87 year old artist working with Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers Inc (MARC) who helps him to showcase and share his colorful artwork with the world. Hanneman creates mainly poster-sized drawings featuring plants, fish, birds and gardeners in unique and intricate patterns using only pen and marker.
"I started drawing when I was young," Hanneman said in a statement. "I started drawing to keep myself out of trouble.”
For many years Robert lived at the Northern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled in Chippewa Falls, WI where he worked in the greenhouse, which later inspired his greenhouse themed art he began creating when he moved to a group setting in Madison. Robert has been creating his amazing artwork now has now for more than 50 years, which you can find displayed in various locations around the Madison area.
Robert is the 2019 winner of the “Adult Creative Power Award” presented by VSA, the state organization on Arts & Disability.
To really appreciate the intricate and beautiful patterns, it is best to see his work up close and in person. You will have the chance to do just this on Thursday January 30 from 5-7pm at Common Ground Middleton during his show! There will be original pieces and prints of his work as well as coffee mugs, cards and other merchandise with Hanneman’s artwork available for purchase.
This event will take place on the main level of Common Ground (handicap accessible by ramp along the side of the building toward the outdoor garage). There will be live music during the second half of the art show from 6-7pm with cafe, bar and food items available for purchase during the entire show.
The show is free to attend, and all are welcome!
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