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Custom Framing by John Sheean

John Sheean
Photos with Multi-Window Mat
"John is a great friend of the Advising and Career Services community. He has created many beautiful framed awards that community members can proudly display. Not only is he professional and talented, but he is always a joy to work with. The extra care and dedication John puts into his work shows in all that he does."Megan Grill, UW Office of Undergraduate Advising

Contact John at
(608) 310-5944
or by email at
[email protected]
to schedule an

Project for State Capitol
Project for State Capitol
Project for UW Football Suites
Project for UW Football Suites
"John Sheean is the best framer I have ever encountered. No matter what the requirements, complexities, or budget, John is up to the task. John is experienced, meticulous, and professional. Since I discovered John's services, many years ago, I have never even considered going anywhere else. Thank you, John!" Chuck Bauer, BFA (1969), MA (painting, 1970), Website:

Since May 1, 2009, The University Book Store, at its 711 State Street location, has offered full service, in-house, custom framing. Staffed by John Sheean (B.S., M.A., and M.F.A. in studio art) with over 35 years of professional framing experience he can offer expert consultation on all framing projects. His framing department client base includes the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Wisconsin Historical Foundation, dozens of university departments, faculty, and students. He also provides services for many campus and local businesses, along with many local professional artists.

The services offered by John and his framing department include custom mat cutting, picture glass cut to order, as well as custom assembled metal and wood frames. Custom framing of award certificates and other framing needs for UW Department offices are an emphasis of John’s framing services. Small orders for mat and glass cutting services can generally be provided within 48-72 hours. Most other custom frame orders require a 10-14 day turn around, but rush services are available.

In addition to the above John’s framing career has completed projects for the governor's and various state official's offices at the State Capitol, projects for the UW Athletic Department, and along with the dozens of UW-Madison Departmental offices previously mentioned. All framing questions, problems, and projects are always welcome for consult no matter how large or small.

John is regularly available Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 2:00 at the 711 State Street Book Store location. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or directly at (608) 310-5944 to schedule an appointment. We welcome and encourage you to contact John at The University Book Store with your future framing needs and requests.

All framing questions, problems, and projects are always welcome no matter how large or small. Of course, University, State, and quantity discounts are always offered. Delivery within the campus area can usually be arranged.

Therefore, we welcome and encourage you to contact John at The University Book Store or online at with your future framing needs and requests.

John Sheean - Custom Framing
"For eleven Years I’ve trusted both my personal artwork and the works of art in my private collection in the hands of John Sheean at the University Bookstore Custom Framing shop. As a contemporary international artist, I value professional relationships. You’ll get nothing less working with John Sheean. He’s courteous, attentive, and most important, he listens. John offers great insight when offering professional advice regarding the most challenging of projects. He’s a true problem solver and his attention to detail is remarkable. When working with John I know my artworks will be taken care of and framed with archival techniques and materials held to museum standards with consideration given to art world trends. I’m proud to have everything from my drawings to family pictures framed at the Bookstore."Leslie Smith III, UW Professor of Art
"Our office works with the UW bookstore several times a year for a variety of university awards and framing needs. John has always been helpful, and he really went the extra mile to keep the process smooth when we were working from home and trying to coordinate awards. I’m grateful to have such a knowledgeable partner to help us celebrate our awardees with the appropriate pomp and style!"Gideon Elliott, UW Office Secretary to the Faculty
Framed Antique Photo
Framed Antique Photo
Framed Watercolor
Framed Watercolor
"We loved working with John Sheean at the University Bookstore for our framing needs at the College of Letters and Science Dean’s Suite. He was exceptionally thoughtful regarding the selection of materials given the composition and setting of the piece, and the fantastic customer service didn’t end there. John was also great when it came to delivery and placement of the framed art which resulted in a product that can be appreciated by the people who visit our space." Miranda Weber, UW College of Letters and Science
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