“Gorrigan” debuts at Museum of Wisconsin Art

Museum of Wisconsin Art Members Show 2020
Gorrigan (right)
Gorrigan at MOWA
Gorrigan at MOWA
Gorrigan at MOWA

Gorrigan is inspired by two ancient and mythical female figures. Morrigan is a Celtic goddess of death and battle. Medusa is a well-known Greek character, but storytellers have been unfair to her. She was beautiful, and she was raped by Poseidon, and then his wife, Athena, took her anger out on Medusa, turning her hair to snakes. Pregnant, she is slain by Perseus, who had a lot of help from Athena and others. Her severed head was then taken about and used to kill other people.

Swimmers sculpture in local media

It’s rare that a temporary art installation gets much media coverage, but The Swimmers were actually covered by local media. Madison BLINK grants support short-term public art, and The Swimmers were installed in a “secret” location, only visible from Wingra Creek and the bike path alongside it. It was “the talk of the town”!



Crucible night club show

Murphy joined other local artists to create a unique exhibit in a unique space, the Crucible night club in Madison. The venue is known for its celebration of the creativity of its patrons, hosting many different themed nights that encourage adventurous self expression.

The black box venue with its club lighting is quite a different environment from a white-walled art gallery, but three of Murphy’s pieces are lit from within and are well-suited to stand out even in this high-ceiling space.

Icarus installed above the bar
Three lighted pieces above the bar
Wall of masks
Big Bug

Carbon Compositions, Nov-Dec 2014 at Madison Public Library

“Carbon Compositions” is a series of electronic mosaics by C Murphy installed on the second floor of the Madison Public Library. The show runs November 7th through December 23rd, with an opening celebration on November 19 from 8 to 11 as part of the Madison Bubbler’s Night Light event series.

Opening nite:

Opening Nite at Madison Public Library

Closeups below. See the full portraits in the Portfolio under Mosaics. (Photos by Carol Bracewell.)




Yahara Reflections outdoor installation


Yahara Reflections is a public art exhibition highlighting the history of Madison’s Yahara River and Parkway. This figure is one of six pieces installed along the river. The glowing man is on the bridge at Jenifer Street, gazing at the river. The concept is a double entendre of the physical reflection of the image on the river as well as the seeming contemplative nature of looking upon a river flowing by.

See more in the portfolio

Photos by Tom Earley.

Cold weather does me good

Voltage detail

I often view the onset of cold weather with the excitement of getting serious studio time in and this year I have finally gotten my studio set up for making projects quickly. The Post Industrial Ephemera series is more of an exercise to come up with compositions using material on hand. Luckily(?) I have quite the collection at hand.  (more…)

November Exhibition at KW2

November Exhibition at KW2

The opening last Friday night was a great mix of fun and re-established connections. I always joke that there are only 100 people in Madison, but seeing friends of mine who I know from different circles greet each other with warmth and obvious connection added an extra energy to the various lively conversations.

Special thanks to Joseph Muenich and all the folks from KW2 for being enthusiastic supporters and great fun to hang with (both literally and figuratively). I’m very pleased to know that  some of my work will grace their office and personal collections. I am grateful to be the first of many art openings with these wonderful folks and am happy to have such a collection of creative minds in the hood.

I also am very lucky indeed to have had the help and support of my friends Carol Bracewell and Linda Kietzer  to get this together and documented, as well as Ransom Rideout, Erika Koivunen and Aaron Howard for material support and Page Buchanan at House of Brews for the awesome Stout.

Stop by and see the show at KW2‘s new offices: 2010 Eastwood Drive during their daytime office hours, now through November 21. Contact me if you’re interested in purchasing one of them.




ArtPrize 2013

ArtPrize 2013

ArtPrize is a public art event in Grand Rapids, MI.

ArtPrize is a competition, but the voters are the public. Any place can be a venue, and the whole city becomes a gallery from September 18 through October 6, 2013. I will be showing at  The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave NW / Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

I’m excited to be showing art in ArtPrize for the 3rd year. If you have never been to G.R. , I cannot recommend it highly enough. The town boasts over 15 breweries, a thriving art scene and spectacular restaurants. ARTPRIZE itself is an amazing achievement and has become a model for many cities as an example of how art can revitalize a city

My entry this year is a mosaic of John Robert Schrieffer, co-recipient of the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics. This is the first in a series of mosaics titled “Rendered Obsolete” which is about scientists and engineers who are largely unknown but whose work has had profound impact on the lives of people in the world.