Image from Season of Shadows (In Real Life) performance at Chocolaterian Cafe on Nov 10, 2017. Portrait by Duke Virginia.

Borealis is a social artist, writer, and educator whose practice is rooted in the queer art of care.  They strive to produce caring works that are porous, performative, and participatory. Borealis is currently preparing for an art residency and installation set to run April – June 2022 at James Watrous Gallery in Madison, WI. They are in the early production phase of the podcast Care Tactics in collaboration with Solarpunk Surf Club, and are designing a 2022 planner rooted in themes of care with the support of Communication Press. (updated: 10/28/21)

Beau received a Bachelor of Science in Art and undergraduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012; they went on to receive a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University with a graduate emphasis in community-based learning in 2014. They taught Art + Social Justice and Service-Learning in Art as a lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Madison. They taught at Preschool of the Arts and Monroe Street Arts Center before co-founding ArtWrite Collective, which merged with Arts + Literature Laboratory in 2018. Borealis served as the Education & Outreach Director at Arts + Literature Laboratory until mid-2021, which they viewed as an extension of their social practice and an outlet to advocate for peer artists.

Contact Borealis: mxborealis [at] gmail.com (pronouns: they/them/beau/bo)