An exhibit at the Chazen Museum highlights experiences of people of color
Jay Katelansky was walking home from her Frances Street art studio about three years ago when she noticed a police officer trailing her. Newly arrived in Madison from New Jersey, with iPhone in one hand and groceries in the other, she stopped to ask why. The officer said she matched the description of a woman who was reportedly begging for money in the area. She said it was a case of mistaken identity, but the officer did not believe her. He offered to drive her to a women’s shelter.
“I had to explain my existence, and that’s something that will always happen,” says Katelanksy, who recently won the 2016 Chazen Museum Prize for an Outstanding MFA Student. “I don’t know one person of color that isn’t depressed here.”