Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Ken Olsen Retrospective

In this exhibit, METC celebrated the work of Madison-based artist Ken Olsen and his characteristic American Folk Art style. The exhibit featured a variety of his works including whirligigs, weathervanes, toys, and sculptures that Olsen referred to as “whimsies.” Many of the pieces poke lighthearted fun at historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington. Others are an ingenious combination of carvings, paper mache, and found objects united by Olsen’s considerable artistic and engineering talents.

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