Leslee Nelson

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Memory Cloth — First Week in Madison

Recently divorced I moved to Madison to go to school.  A book at the library had said UW had MFA degrees and Textiles as a major.   Perfect. 

Monday I arrived in town with all my stuff in a VW bus.  Wandering around the first day I found an apartment with Lake Monona on one side and Orton Park on the other.  My plan was to live here a year to get residency for UW.

Tuesday I was hired as the night guard for the Madison Art Center. It was in Lincoln School then. 

Wednesday I went up to UW to find out the rules for applying.  The Art Department said you can get an MFA, but not in Textiles.  So I went to the Textile Department and they said you can get an MS, but not an MFA.  I had great transcripts and rec letters, so they told me about the Legislative Tuition Remission, so that I wouldn’t have to wait for residency. 

Thursday I went door to door at the Capital until I found a legislator who hadn’t given away his tuition remission.  Then I went back to UW and was accepted into UW to start in the fall. 

Friday I started dating a man I’d met that week.

What an amazing place.           I loved Madison.


made February 7 2006transparent recalling June 1-7 1975

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