The Lawton Gallery’s annual juried art exhibition is open to any student enrolled at UW-Green Bay. Consisting solely of student work in a variety of media, the recent exhibition was guest juried by Kendra Bulgrin, director of the James May Gallery in Algoma. All Lawton Gallery events are free and open to the public.
People usually privilege the visual as a source of veracity (“seeing is believing”), but this month’s edition of the Philosophers’ Café discussion series invites Prof. Carol Emmons of UW-Green Bay’s Art and Design program to explore the question, “Does art tell the truth?” We have learned about the ancient past largely through evidence from visual culture, ranging from prehistoric cave paintings to burial goods to illustrated manuscripts. Do they convey the same message to everyone? How do we know they’re “accurate”? The discussion commences Wednesday (Nov. 11) at 7 p.m. at the Titletown Tap Room (across the parking lot from the brewery).
The teaching faculty of UW-Green Bay have been invited to exhibit art at the Neville Public Museum in co-celebration of the museum’s 100th anniversary and the University’s 50th. The anniversary art show will run from Jan. 22 to March 13, 2016 on the mezzanine of the museum. Participating faculty are Kristy Deetz, Sarah Detweiler, Carol Emmons, Alison Gates, Barbara Gossen, Minkyu Lee, Mark Sauter, Alison Stehlik and Christine Style.
UW-Green Bay student artist Adam Fulwiler was honored for his work, “Windows” a layered, large-scale acrylic painting chosen for display as the Chancellor’s Holiday Art Scholarship selection for 2015-16. Fulwiler was joined by art faculty and others at a reception hosted by Chancellor Gary L. and Georgia Nix Miller, Sept. 24.
Fulwiler, a graduate of West De Pere High School, has a double major in Art and Design Arts and expects to graduate in spring 2017. His painting was selected by Chancellor and Mrs. Miller from a range of student pieces submitted for juried consideration. Fulwiler will receive a monetary award provided through the Holiday Art Scholarship program established by the Millers.
With its selection, “Windows” will be the featured art on the 2015 year-end holiday cards the Millers and the privately funded UW-Green Bay Foundation Inc. will share with campus and community friends of the University. Additionally, the piece will be publicly displayed for one year in the UW-Green Bay Chancellor’s Office, Suite 810 of the David A. Cofrin Library.
Art Prof. Kristy Deetz says Fulwiler “is a diligent worker who sets a standard of excellence in the quality of the work that he produces and in his commitment to growing as an artist.”
In his artist’s statement accompanying “Windows,” Fulwiler describes how his large-scale paintings explore the elements of form including line, shape, value, color and texture. “I build up surfaces by scraping, layering and dragging paint across the entire canvas with the goal of forming visual passages and ‘doorways’ to spaces that often suggest landscapes,” he writes. He uses five-foot-long squeegees, brooms, metal trowels and oversize brushes to create the paintings.
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.