We’ve Been Hard at Work

Self-portrait by Sid Boyum putting himself through the wringer. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society
Self-portrait by Sid Boyum putting himself through the wringer. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society

The Friends of Sid Boyum has been on a roll!  Our mission is not only to preserve Sid’s art, but also to make sure his work remains accessible to the public.  Thanks to a tremendous outpouring of community support, money and volunteer sweat equity, we’ve accomplished some great things.  Here’s a brief summary of what we did in 2015:

  • secured political support for the project from the Schenck-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara Neighborhood Association, District 16 Alder Marsha Rummel, and others;
  • convinced the County Treasurer to delay sale of the property until 2016;
  • raised $7,000 to support emergency conservation of Sid’s artwork;
  • worked with Dane County and the Wisconsin State Historical Society to salvage thousands of Sid Boyum photographs, posters and ephemera and transferred them to the State Historical Society archives;
  •  salvaged, cataloged and removed thousands of original drawings, paintings, and bas-relief works and temporarily stored them for safekeeping;
  • incorporated as the Friends of Sid Boyum, and have applied for federal nonprofit status, to help us secure grants and other donations to help us meet our goal of preserving Sid’s art in both the short and long-term.

Thanks to all who contributed time, money or moral support!

The Friends of Sid Boyum is exploring a variety of options to conserve Sid Boyum’s art and legacy, including preserving Sid’s house and studio as a public museum, or distributing artworks throughout the neighborhood and to local institutions.

Stay tuned for more news about our exciting 2016 campaign!