Since Money magazine named Madison the best place to live in 1996, the city has remained the ideal among American metropolises. Sandwiched by Lake Monona and Lake Mendota, Madison is the perfect fusion of American traditionalism, progressive environmentalism, and cutting-edge technology. Whether you are strolling down State Street, bicycling on one of the many city designed paths, or paddling around either lake, the sheer wonder of this city is unmistakable. Art students who decide to study in this Edenic capital, will certainly gravitate to “Museum Mile”, a downtown thoroughfare that features six museums and countless galleries. Among the museums, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) and University of Wisconsin’s Chazen Museum of Art are very popular draws, as well as State Street Gallery, the Fanny Garver Gallery, and the Wisconsin Academy’s James Watrous Gallery. Events that highlight the works of local and international artists alike include the juried exhibition, Art Fair on the Square (and its sister festival, Art Fair Off the Square), Gallery Nights, First Fridays, and Arts Ball, all put on by MMoCA. As if that were not enough, keep in mind that this is the childhood home of renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, whose mastery is evident throughout the city with such contributions as the Yahara Boathouse, the Robie Lamphouse, and the E.A. Gilmore House. So, if you appreciate a variety of art mediums, bold architecture, and, of course, cheese, Madison, Wisconsin is certainly worthy of any aspiring artist’s consideration..