The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved promotions and tenure for UW-Green Bay faculty members during the board’s meeting June 4 and 5 at UW-Milwaukee. Those promoted from assistant professor to the rank of associate professor with tenure are:
• Tohoro Francis Akakpo, Social Work
• Hernan Fernandez-Meardi, Humanistic Studies
• T. Heather Herdman, Nursing
• Minkyu Lee, Art and Design
• Deirdre Radosevich, Human Development
• Courtney Sherman, Music
• Alison Stehlik, Art and Design
• Mussie Teclezion, Business Administration
• Gail Trimberger, Social Work
• Le Zhu, Human Biology
UW-Green Bay Professor Christine Style enlightened and educated the audience as part of the UWGB Office of Outreach dinner lecture series, May 27. Her program focused on Nek Chand and the Rock Garden in Chandigarh (Northern India) — one of the largest in the world, and one of the world’s largest ongoing mosaic works comprising 20 acres. Style, a professor of Art and Design, presented the history of 90-year-old Nek Chand, the Rock Garden creator/director and his move to India. She also spoke about Hindu and Muslim Culture.
Style spoke about a related foundation that was dear to both her and her belated husband Anton ‘Tony’ Rajer. Rajer, it is said, was the moving force behind the Nek Chand Foundation for 10 years. Prior to his death in 2011, Rajer spent much of his personal time advocating for Nek Chand and is said to be largely responsible for saving Nek Chand’s other Rock Garden in Kerala. Learn more about Nek Chand and the foundation that Prof. Style is involved with at: www.nekchand.com. Enjoy the gallery.
Carol Emmons, professor of Art and Design, has been selected as the cover artist for the 40th anniversary issue of the Spoon River Poetry Review. The Review publishes contemporary poetry from around the world, along with interviews and reviews. A detail of her installation “Surveying Desire XIII: Observatory” will be featured. Emmons also presented recently at the College Art Association Annual Conference in New York as part of the “Truth Telling and Parafiction: Practice and Theory” panel. Her paper, “The Museum as Para-Site,” considers artists’ installations (including her “Alembic I”) that unmask and manipulate the museum’s authority and authenticity.
On Wednesday, May 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the University Theatre, the Art Program’s artist in residence, Jason Mitcham, and his students will be offering a public viewing of their class projects for Introduction to Drawing and Intermediate Painting in the form of short animated films! The chair of Art, Associate Prof. Alison Gates, invites any and all members of the campus community to this free presentation.
Students in UW-Green Bay Prof. Alison Stehlik’s “Intermediate Sculpture” class were asked to create a site-specific installation in the spirit of a contemporary installation artist.
The students researched various artists to use as a “mentor” artist — someone they would emulate for the purpose of this project, either in terms of artistic process and/or aesthetic or cultural/social motivations. Stehlik says most of the pieces will be up until the end of the semester (but forewarns that that bubble-wrapped elevator could be running out of pop potential soon!)
The students and the locations of the art are:
Gena Selby, Flag, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall
Mike Arendt, Political Dissonance, airlock of Environmental Science building
Natalie Vann, Untitled Book Heads, Rosewood Cafe, Wood Hall
Amanda Urmanski, Untitled Installation with VHS tape, Studio Arts Cafeteria
Olivia McDonald, Bubblevator, Studio Arts Elevator
(Click thumbnails to enter slideshow view.) Photos by Eric Miller, Marketing and University Communication
SUNY New Paltz announced Tuesday the appointment of Jennifer Mokren as dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Mokren is currently an associate professor and chair of UW-Green Bay’s Art and Design program and worked formerly as a special assistant to the provost. She has been a member of the UW-Green Bay faculty since 1998. New Paltz, a university of about 7,800, is located about sixty miles north of New York City in the Hudson River Valley, in a resort area known for the renowned Mohonk Mountain House castle. Mokren will begin her new duties Aug. 3. For the news release.
It’s that time of year again — we’re getting ready to bid farewell to another group of graduating seniors, and many of those students are showing their tremendous talent before they leave us next month. In that vein, the Lawton Gallery in Theatre Hall is featuring the works of five graduating Art and Graphic Design majors through April 23. They are Holly Free: installation with ceramics and sand, Brandon Langer: light installation titled “Live Nude GIFs”, Laura Schley: oil painting portraits, Gena Selby: prints, and Phil Putzer: metal work. It is the first of two senior exhibitions, the second scheduled from May 3 to 14. We’ve captured some of the work in this photo gallery, but encourage you to stop by the Lawton in person. All Lawton Gallery events are free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Click thumbnails to enter slideshow view.) Photos by Sam Zingsheim, photo intern, Marketing and University Communication
Associate Prof. Alison Gates (Art and Design/Women’s and Gender Studies) won the top honor of “Best of Show” in the Slocumb Gallery’s 30th annual Positive/Negative national juried art exhibition at East Tennessee State University. Her mixed-media sculpture, titled “Tyranny of Ancestry” was selected from over 300 entries by guest curator Mika Yoshitake of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
Assistant Prof. Minku Lee has been named by You Magazine as one of Green Bay’s most eligible bachelors. The Art and Design faculty member was profiled in You’s January issue, talking in a fun feature about his love of Skittles — and his disdain for smartphone-obsessed dates. He lists family as his biggest influence, and says a sense of fun, a nice smile and appreciation for the arts are all pluses for a potential date. Check out his profile.
UW-Green Bay’s Art Agency will present a Student Art Sale from 5-9 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 13) at Kavarna Coffeehouse, 143 N. Broadway. All proceeds will benefit Art Agency, which runs a number of programs and brings visiting artists, dancers and lecturers to campus. Attendees will be able to shop, mingle with the artists and check out some great works.