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Art faculty of UW-Green Bay (age 50) to exhibit at Neville Museum (age 100)

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.

UWGB faculty participate in boosting liberal education

On Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24 and 25, seven UW-Green Bay faculty members traveled to Madison to attend “Connecting Your Work to LEAP Wisconsin: A Faculty Collaboratives Conference.”

Organized by the UW System and AACU — the national Association of American Colleges and Universities — the conference focused on strategies for providing he highest quality learning experiences for students, connecting essential learning outcomes to institutional disciplines, and assessing student learning.

The nationwide LEAP initiative (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) seeks to advance liberal learning and high-quality undergraduate education for all students. Wisconsin and the UW System were pilot partners when the campaign launched in 2005. Workshops at the recent Madison conference included Advocacy, Signature Work, Tuning, Providing Evidence of Student Learning, Curriculum Mapping for General Education, and Value Rubrics.

The UW-Green Bay participants (from left, photo below) were JP Leary, assistant professor, First Nations Studies; Jennifer Ham, associate professor, Humanistic Studies; Heidi Fencl, professor and chair, Physics; Alison Gates, associate professor and chair, Art; Doreen Higgins, associate professor, Social Work; Kate Burns, associateprofessor and chair, Psychology and Human Development; and Matt Dornbush, associate vice provost for academic affairs and director of graduate Studies.


Final bow for WC Gallery

A friend tipped us off to a Facebook post advertising the final exhibit at the Midwest’s smallest art gallery, the WC Gallery at the De Pere home of former UW-Green Bay Curator of Art Stephen Perkins. After 13 years of curating sometimes whimsical, sometimes provocative, always engaging shows in his rather small downstairs bathroom (the water closet, or WC, as Brits sometimes call it), Perkins is relocating to Madison. You can see photos and a history of the WC Gallery.


UWGB connections provide heavy lifting for art event

UW-Green Bay art faculty member Professor Christine Style, as well as a number of UWGB alumni, staff and current students, found a unique way to put ink on paper recently — a multi-ton steamroller.

The Steamroller Print event on September 5-6 was part of a multifaceted “Exquisite Corpse” project organized by Hardy Gallery in Ephraim, Wis. with Style’s guidance.

The Village of Ephraim steamroller was used as a giant printing press, rolling over the inked boards to transfer an image onto paper to create six-foot high printed figures. Twenty artists carved woodblocks for the steamroller print event included eight UWGB students and alumni along with other Door County artists.

In addition to guiding the steamroller prints, Style was the project organizer for a the Exquisite Corpse Print Exchange. Style solicited and recruited 28 Wisconsin artists from throughout the state to design and produce an original print edition of either the head, torso, waist or legs section — later to be randomly combined to complete seven 44-inch high full figures that are on display in The Hardy Gallery.

Digital images of the exchange prints were then used by Prof. Style to design and produce interactive flipbooks that are for sale at The Hardy Gallery. “The Exquisite Corpse Head-to-Toe and End-to-End” exhibit continues through October 13 at The Hardy Gallery on the Anderson Dock. One full set of 28 11″ x 15″ original prints are now part of the UWGB Printmaking Collection.

“Exquisite corpse” is an early 20th century parlor game by which images are collectively created with each artist knowing only his or her part and where to meet up with the other parts.

UWGB artists who participated in the event were current students Brian Galloway and Natalie Vann, and former UWGB students Billy Wenner, Gena Selby, Donna Bensen, Philip Enderby, Brandon Langer, Nadia Juhnke and Chad Peters. UWGB alumni and art instructors Johanna Winters, Danica Oudeans and Don Kroumpos, and UWGB Arts Management graduate Anne Soderlund, an intern at The Hardy Gallery, also worked with the group.


Photos contributed by Dennis Connolly and Scott Roberts

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Reception honors student artist Adam Fulwiler

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.

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Photos by Tammy Resulta


Faculty note: Sherman presentation

The work of Heidi Sherman, associate professor of Humanistic Studies, and Alison Gates, associate professor of Art, was the topic of roundtable discussion at the annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists held at the University of Glasgow, Scotland on Sept. 4. The session was titled “Integrating Textile Studies into the Mainstream Archaeology/Anthropology Curriculum.” Sherman, who attended the meeting, presented “The Flax Project at UW-Green Bay: Engaging Undergraduate Humanities and Art Students with Archaeological Textiles and Ancient Fibers.”


Just our type: Exhibit highlights artistry, history

The Hamilton Wood Type show at the Lawton Gallery was over a year and a half in the making, began Museum Director, Jim Moran in his pre- art opening presentation Thursday afternoon (Sept. 10). He addressed a roomful of students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni, acknowledging the combined efforts of UW-Green Bay Graphic Design Prof. Jeff Benzow and now retired Lawton Gallery Curator, Steven Perkins for bringing the exhibition to fruition along with thanks to Laura Schley, Interim Lawton Gallery Curator.

The importance of letterpress, virtually the sole vehicle for mass communications in 1880, set the stage for Moran’s talk, explaining how the Hamilton Manufacturing Co. progressively bought out all other producers of wood type within 15 years of its opening, becoming the premier wood type manufacturer and only company of its kind in the nation. This meant that the Hamilton Museum bore tremendous responsibility to preserve the history of the type making industry in the United States through archiving, continued production and education.

Moran’s talk touched on the history of the wood type industry and Hamilton Manufacturing, tools of wood type production and its process, and Museum’s continued operation in present day. Located in Two Rivers, Wis., the Hamilton facility is a “working museum” — a collection of 1.5 million pieces of wood type in more than 1,000 styles and sizes, a working print studio, art gallery, and production shop that continues to manufacture wood type, holds printing workshops, and hosts interns. In 2012, the Museum was forced to move, an endeavor that took 27 semi-loads, an army of volunteers and several months to complete.

Moran delighted attendees with anecdotes, one being of some unusual items found in the large and unorganized collections donated to the Hamilton Museum. He cited the day he found a portrait block of a young Miles Davis as “a good day” and a mirror-image relief likeness of Ray Charles — “another good day.”

“Even those that don’t study type are extremely aware of it. People can tell at-a-glance if a font is ‘retro’ or replicating a style,” Moran put into words the pervasive presence of typography in the world today. Similarly he stated, “Type is well-designed so we don’t have to notice it. Nobody reads a book for two to three hours and says, ‘Man, Baskerville, so easy on the eyes!’”

A Green Bay, Wis. native, Jim Moran is a third generation print-maker and former UW-Green Bay student.

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– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Office of Marketing and University Communication

The Lawton exhibition runs through Oct. 1 and features a collection of wood type alongside various letterpress printed posters created by Hamilton Manufacturing. All Lawton Gallery events are free and open to the public. For more information about the Lawton Gallery visit www.uwgb.edu/lawton.

For more information about the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, visit woodtype.org.


Camper sitings: Art, science and video camps in full swing

It’s never quiet on a college campus. Mid-July means summer campers overtake the walkways, the labs, cafeterias and the outdoor spaces. Students enjoyed the High School and Middle School Art Camps, Life’s a Lab–Reality Science Camp, and Video Game Programming recently.

High school art students could study among a variety of class offerings: photography trashion/fashion, acrylics, computer animation, selfie drawing, metals: jewelry and small sculpture, watercolor, screen printing and graffiti! Middle-school students chose between drawing, ceramics, comic book illustration, photography, fashion design, book-making, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media art and jewelry making. They proudly modeled and exhibited their work at the end of camp.

UW-Green Bay partnered with Bellin College to offer Life’s a Lab, where campers explored careers in the health sciences — specifically in physical therapy, sports medicine, emergency medical fields, radiology/oncology, mortuary, and research science.

The Video Game Programming Camp was for those interested in the applications and programming behind video games. Students learned how to write gaming programs and develop their own games. These camps are filled to capacity.

Dan Moore from UW-Green Bay’s Outreach and Adult Access area captured students learning, dreaming, creating, inspiring and enjoying. Enjoy the photos below and check out more about UWGB Summer Camps.

Real World Robotics and STEM Camps
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High School Summer Art Studio
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Middle School Summer Art Studio
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Life’s a Lab-Reality Science Camp
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Introduction to Video Game Programming Camp
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Students Schley and Langer take top awards for Senior Show creations

The faculty of the UW-Green Bay Art Program is proud to announce the two student artists recognized as Outstanding Senior Show students for this year:
• Laura Schley, Two-Dimensional Work
• Brandon Langer, Three-Dimensional Work

Students were assessed by each member of the Art faculty using a numerical scale in seven standardized categories. Criteria included creativity, content and quality of the written artist’s statement. Congratulations to this year’s winners!