Tag: Art


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!

Mini Film Festival of student-created animated shorts

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.

UW-Green Bay Lawton Gallery to present faculty exhibit Feb. 5-26

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery will present “Under Construction: Seven Views,” an exhibit of works by UW-Green Bay Art faculty, Feb. 5-26 at the gallery in Theatre Hall on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. An opening reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, with artists’ talks beginning at 5 p.m.

The show will feature works in a variety of media by Art faculty members Carol Emmons, Toni Damkoehler, Kristy Deetz, Barbara Gossen, Jason Houge, Stephen Perkins and Christine Style. The exhibit includes two installations (Emmons, Perkins), prints by Style, paintings by Deetz, photographs by Houge and digital prints and drawings by Damkoehler.

Located in Room 230 of Theatre Hall, the Lawton Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday during fall and spring semesters. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Curator of Art Stephen Perkins at (920) 465-2916 or via email at perkinss@uwgb.edu or visit the Lawton Gallery website, www.uwgb.edu/lawton. You can also find “Lawton Gallery” on Facebook.


Cheery expression: Alumna Oudeans’ art spreads holiday cheer

Alumna Danica OudeansUW-Green Bay alumna and artist in residence Danica Oudeans got an early surprise this holiday season. A piece of artwork she donated to UW-Green Bay after her graduation in 2003 was chosen for the Chancellor’s annual holiday card. The painting is part of the University’s permanent art collection and currently hangs in the office of Adult Degree Academic Advisor, Krista Shaw.

“I love the painting because it brightens up my office. It reflects the very energy that I want to be surrounded by and that I want students to feel when they walk in my office: positive, calm, and bright,” Shaw said.

Oudeans explained the meaning of the oil-on-canvas painting.

holiday card“Emerging From My Bedroom” is a depiction of strength emerging from sustained hardship. Life circumstances burgeon and change in an instant. Each day brings with it the chance to live instead of exist.

Oudeans graduated from UW-Green Bay as a Studio Arts major, with a minor in Humanistic Studies and received her MFA in Studio Arts from Miami University of Ohio. Her educational background in science, literature and history continues to influence her artwork.

“There isn’t really a big difference between science and art. Art just gives me a chance to express things that I don’t have to prove,” said Oudeans.

Oudeans interconnects topics to create understanding in a visually appealing way. Her influences range from observations in nature, to the relationships between things and how they impact one another. Oudeans has a rational approach to analyzing her own work.

Oudeans has a workspace in the Studio Arts building where she is currently working on her latest series that is based on the concept of how beauty can come from destructive process. She is currently experimenting with relief carving on a shaped canvas. Paintings are done on a canvas that is not flat or rectangular, but can take any two- or three-dimensional shape. Oudeans creates the canvas by using a technique called relief carving, the process of removing wood from a flat wood panel to create a three-dimensional object.

As an artist in residence at UW-Green Bay, Oudeans has an opportunity to impact Art students in a less formal setting while students get a glimpse of how a professional artist works. Oudeans says that she has learned more from her failures than her successes in her art career, which is something she likes to teach her students.

“It’s important for students to learn how to fail successfully so they will be more willing to take risks and get past their fear of failure on the journey to success,” Oudeans said.

Student Art Sale: Art Agency to host Kavarna event Saturday

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.

National Ugly Christmas-Sweater Day arrives on campus

Perhaps you weren’t aware that Friday (Dec. 12) is designated National Ugly Christmas-Sweater Day. There’s a campus observance planned, with some of our friends in Music and the Arts pledging their intention to celebrate in unstylish style! They tell us all are welcome in Theatre Hall Suite 331 to begin this new tradition — they’ll have holiday treats to share throughout the day whether you’re an ugly-sweater model or simply a fan. “In case you aren’t fortunate enough to own an ugly Christmas sweater, you can always create one with an old sweater and extra decorations you might have — OR, toss a Christmas tree skirt over your shoulders, and you’re good to go!”

UW-Green Bay Lawton Gallery to present 42nd annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery will present its 42nd annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Nov. 13-Dec. 4 (closed Nov. 27-30 for Thanksgiving break) at the gallery in Theatre Hall on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

An opening reception for the show will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, with awards announced at 5 p.m. Fifty-four UW-Green Bay student artists submitted 133 works to the show, and the final exhibition consists of 67 of those works. Works in all media are featured in the final selection and more than 20 awards will be presented during the awards ceremony.

Kristina Coopman and Laura Schley, two UW-Green Bay students in the Gallery/Museum Studies program, coordinated the exhibition’s installation and design.

The guest juror for the exhibition is Katie Ries, assistant professor of Art at St. Norbert College in De Pere. In her Juror’s Statement, Ries praised the caliber of work the students put forth.

“Across the board, the work submitted revealed a body of student artists and designers who make lots of things and make them well,” she wrote. “The work was thoughtful, engaging and well crafted. Even pieces made in response to specific assignments showed an engagement with ideas and materials that went beyond satisfying requirements and making the grade.”

Located in Room 230 of Theatre Hall, the Lawton Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday during fall and spring semesters (but will be closed Nov. 27-30 for Thanksgiving break). All gallery events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Curator of Art Stephen Perkins at (920) 465-2916 or via email at perkinss@uwgb.edu or visit the Lawton Gallery website, www.uwgb.edu/lawton. You can also find “Lawton Gallery” on Facebook.