Tag: Arts and Visual Design


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.

Expert on Viking textiles plans UW-Green Bay talk, workshop

Prof. Eva Andersson Strand of the Center for Textile Research in Copenhagen, Denmark will present on the topic “Textile Production in Viking Age Scandinavia” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 17) in the Christie Theater of the University Union. Andersson Strand, an archaeologist, is described as the world’s leading expert on Viking Age textile production. She is taking a break from her lecture tour on the East Coast to visit Green Bay, her only lecture stop in the Midwest. The day after her talk, Professor Andersson Strand will lead a textile experimental archaeology workshop for Alison Gates’ and Heidi Sherman’s Fiber Arts and Medieval History students. Her Monday lecture on campus is free and open to the public.

Rockwood Lodge story, repeated, with accessible links

The following two stories are repeated from yesterday for the benefit of those who reported back they were unable to access the links provided. The URL links are corrected here.
Does Packers’ proud history include arson? Voyageur helps address mystery

Voyageur magazine, the Northeast Wisconsin historical review, was co-founded on campus, has offices here and relies greatly on UW-Green Bay talent. (Editor Victoria Goff and art directors Jeff Benzow and Toni Damkoehler are faculty members, and numerous student interns contribute to the publication, as well.) That’s why it’s especially exciting that ESPN The Magazine has picked up on a Voyageur story involving a key turning point in Green Bay Packers history. The local story by Cliff Christl and Ellyn Katch Kehoe revisited the 1950 fire that destroyed Rockwood Lodge — the team’s former training site and headquarters overlooking the bay near Dyckesville —and greased the skids for Curly Lambeau’s departure as head coach. The ESPN story, headlined “Blaze of Glory,” revisits the mystery but comes down firmly on the side of those who suspect the fire was intentional, meant to collect $50,000 in insurance money, cover the team’s debt and keep its place in the NFL. Kent Crain, manager of Voyageur, was the liaison to ESPN reporter Dave Fleming, who did additional research and interviewed subjects suggested by Crain. “It was exciting for Voyageur,” Crain says, “to the extent that we had helped him in a small manner and that the magazine was mentioned in a national publication.” Now the site of Bayshore County Park, the former Rockwood Lodge was a magnificent structure but a “total disaster” as a Green Bay Packers training site. The thin soil over the limestone bedrock contributed to a wave of injuries, and expenses associated with the facility were bleeding the franchise dry. You can read more in the ESPN The Magazine piece. An additional piece on Rockwood is here.

Have a look at art that looks at you

A pair of student-created, oversize charcoal portraits made at the recent Create-a-Thon has found a temporary home adjacent to the elevators on the 8th floor of the Cofrin Library.

The large, finely detailed drawings are of Chancellor Tom Harden and Provost Julia Wallace — specifically, their eyes, approximately  10x life size — positioned to give visitors a careful look, or vice versa, as they step off the elevator. Art faculty member Kristy Deetz says the display is in keeping with the creative “art bomb” series evident across campus throughout the year. Ranita Haanen created the image of Wallace, and Zack Swan created the image of Harden

You can get a look at the artists at work in our earlier, Create-a-thon slideshow here.

To see the finished pieces on display, click thumbnails to enter slideshow view.

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Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Style, Malloy and Sallmann earn faculty sabbaticals

To enhance their teaching and scholarship, three UW-Green Bay professors have been granted sabbaticals to take place during the 2013-14 academic year.

The news was made public this week after the University notified UW System of the sabbatical assignments. Sabbaticals offer select faculty members in-depth study opportunities to develop new directions and knowledge in their fields and incorporate them into their classroom activities. Next year’s honorees are:

•  Christine Style, professor of Art and Design, will take a full academic-year sabbatical to continue and expand three elements of her current research. She will spend time abroad, in India, to conduct research on Indian miniature painting and “singing picture scrolls.” Her plans also include an arts residency with creation of a new body of artwork, and subsequent exhibits and lectures on her work and research.

•  Kaime Malloy, associate professor of Theatre and Dance, will be on sabbatical for fall semester 2012. She will enroll in a professional cinema makeup school in Los Angeles to study new advances in special effects and makeup. She will then apply that knowledge to the benefit of UW-Green Bay’s award-winning theatre program and its curriculum.

Jolanda Sallmann, associate professor of Social Work, will be on sabbatical for spring semester 2013. She will pursue three, interrelated activities that provide problem-focused educational experiences for students, contribute to teaching/learning research, and promote intercultural knowledge and competence. Her work will involve examining a graduate diversity course’s impact on students’ cultural competency; working with local service providers to inform the development of regionally responsive, culturally competent curricular materials; and mentoring grad students on diversity research projects.

Prof. Gaines goes Sousa on Thursday with City Band

Music Prof. Adam Gaines of Arts and Visual Design will perform as cornet soloist with the Green Bay City Band this Thursday night (July 5) at St. James Park on Monroe Street. The theme of the night is Sousa; Gaines will be performing a piece by his cornet soloist, Herbert L. Clarke, titled ‘The Debutante.’ Please note: Normally, the City Band plays Wednesdays at St. James; this concert is Thursday because of Independence Day. More on the series.

Twelve UW-Green Bay faculty members up for academic promotions, tenure

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents is set to consider promotions or tenure for 12 UW-Green Bay faculty members during its meeting June 7-8 at UW-Milwaukee.

The following faculty members are up for a promotion from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure: Adam Gaines, Arts and Visual Design; Eric Hansen, Arts and Visual Design; Ekaterina Levintova, Public and Environmental Affairs; Randall Meder, Arts and Visual Design; Amanda Nelson, Human Biology; David Radosevich, Business Administration; Heidi Sherman, Humanistic Studies; Christine Smith, Human Development; Jennifer Zapf, Human Development.

The Regents also will consider promoting the following individuals to the rank of full professor:
Kristy Deetz, Arts and Visual Design, received her M.F.A. in painting and drawing from The Ohio State University. Her extensive exhibition record includes competitive, invitational and solo exhibitions throughout the United States. Her recent Veil paintings revise traditional images of drapery and reweave Deleuzeʼs ideas of internal versus external and virtual verses actual — playing with ideas of “the fold” in painting. Carved wooden reliefs painted with encaustic, works in her “book” series are visual metaphors of the book form and autobiographical explorations. Playing off of concepts such as palimpsest, aporia and table of contents, these pieces operate as visual puns and connect ideas of language to body and earth.

Deetz joined the faculty at UW-Green Bay in 2000 after teaching at Miami University, Michigan State and Savannah College of Art and Design. A nationally recognized practitioner and teacher of encaustic painting, Deetz frequently gives workshops at recognized art centers such as Haystack (Maine), Anderson Ranch (Colo.), Oxbow (Miss.), Penland (N.C.), and Arrowmont (Tenn.). Deetz presents at conferences and panels, frequently serves as a visiting artist at art schools and departments throughout the country, and has had her paintings featured in two textbooks. In 2011 she received the UW-Green Bay Founders Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Deetz was on sabbatical during the 2011-12 school year, and traveled to Italy to study the paintings of Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca.

David M. Dolan, Natural and Applied Sciences, teaches statistics in the Mathematics program and is a member of the graduate faculty of the Environmental Science and Policy program. His scientific research is in the area of load estimation for water pollutants. This research also includes the detection of trends in environmental indicators. Dolan focuses most of his work on the Great Lakes, especially Green Bay and Lake Erie. He has helped numerous students, both graduate and undergraduate, to complete projects and theses on this significant freshwater resource. He has been able to consistently attract research funding for this work, mostly from NOAA and the U.S. EPA.

Dolan joined the faculty at UW-Green Bay in 1999 after serving as an environmental statistician for the International Joint Commission and the U.S. EPA for 27 years. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Statistics from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Outside the classroom, Dolan is an avid duplicate bridge player. He is a lifelong Detroit Red Wings fan and he bleeds Kelly green on football Saturdays in the fall.

Ellen Rosewall, Arts and Visual Design, joined UW-Green Bay’s Arts Management program in 2001, when the program consisted of a minor with six students. Now, there are more than 80 students in the program, including 30 majors. A nationally recognized arts management specialist and arts advocate, Ellen is vice president of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, past president of the Wisconsin Public Radio Association and past president of Arts Wisconsin. She has served on several local boards of directors, including the Northeastern Wisconsin Arts Council, Film Green Bay and the ARTgarage, where she currently serves as vice president. Before coming to UW-Green Bay, Ellen served as the first director of Marketing and Development for the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, and also managed the capital campaign to build the Green Bay Botanical Garden.

Rosewall has given presentations for Americans for the Arts, the International Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, and the National Arts Marketing Conference, and in 2009 was selected as an Arts in Crisis Mentor through the John F. Kennedy Center. Her book, Managing Arts and Cultural Organizations, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Rosewall is a self-described “arts nerd,” and in her free time enjoys painting, knitting, reading and traveling to experience the culture of diverse places and people.

For more information on the June Board of Regents meeting, including live webcast opportunities, visit www.wisconsin.edu/bor.


Meredith Livingston teaching, performing this week in Brazil

Music Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston of the Arts and Visual Design academic unit was scheduled to perform Monday night as guest soloist with the University of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra during their concert at the San Pedro Opera Theater in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. She performed “Seguidilla,” the well-known aria from Bizet’s “Carmen.” The performance will be repeated on Wednesday (May 23) at another venue in Ribeirao Preto.  Meredith Livingston is a visiting professor for 10 days in the Music Department at the University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto, where she is also teaching masterclasses and the students of Prof. Yuka Prado of the voice faculty, who is on a month’s sabbatical.  Prado was a guest artist at UW-Green Bay in February 2012.

UW-Green Bay flax project draws Medieval Studies attention

Prof. Alison Gates (Arts and Visual Design) and Heidi Sherman (Humanistic Studies) and their student, Alicia Engstrom (a Humanistic Studies major in the Ancient/Medieval track and and Art minor), presented three papers May 11 at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies held at Western Michigan University. They presented at a special session sponsored by DISTAFF (Discussion,Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion). The session was titled “From Field to Fabric: The University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Flax-to-Linen Project” and included the following papers: “Ancient Fiber Crop Cultivation on a Twenty-First-Century College Campus,” (Engstrom); “Flax and Linen as Subject and Content in Medieval Images,” (Gates); and “Seeds, Scutches, and Retting Pits: Archaeological Sources for Medieval Fiber Production,” (Sherman).