New Art Exhibition Features Blackwell Patent

A new exhibit at Union South's Gallery 1308 features 26 patent drawings spanning 88 years of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) history. The Artistry of Innovation: Patent Drawings Through Time aims to showcase scientific discovery with an artistic spin.

Chemistry Professor Helen Blackwell is one of the inventors who has worked with WARF to commercialize elements of her research. One of her patents is featured in the new exhibit.

“The staff at WARF are highly proactive,” says Blackwell. “They are aggressively trying to market my patents to many different business sectors.”

WARF has a collection of more than 1,700 active patents and perhaps hundreds more that have gone “off-patent.

The exhibit is designed "to be an immersive experience so that you don’t need to be a scientist to be introduced to 88 years of genius on the UW–Madison campus,” says Sally Younger, a WARF technical writer who’s played a pivotal role in the curation of the exhibit.

The gallery is free and open to the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. The WARF patent exhibit runs through Nov. 14.