The names of the student artists were inadvertently omitted from our post yesterday directing you to photographs of The Eyes, those charcoal drawings newly and temporarily installed in the Cofrin Library’s eighth floor hallway, near the elevator. Ranita Haanen created the image of Provost Julia Wallace, and Zack Swan created the image of Chancellor Tom Harden.
UW-Green Bay students and faculty got their create on last Friday during the first-ever Create-a-Thon event held on campus. This daylong celebration was held in conjunction with this year’s campus Common Theme of Creativity, Innovation and Vision. All three elements were on prominent display, as artists, musicians and others showed their stuff. We’ve got a great new story and photo gallery that help capture the event. Click here.
Students and faculty of UW-Green Bay brought an eclectic array of artistic talent to the Phoenix Club during the first ever Create-a-Thon event April 19. Demonstrations included sketches, painting, music, poetry, knitting and many other unique artistic exhibitions. UW-Green Bay’s campus Common Theme of “Creativity, Innovation and Vision” was well represented during the daylong celebration.
One artist participating in Friday’s event sat at the entrance of the Phoenix Club painting a surrealist-style rendition of a 1950s-era housewife, attracting the attention of curious onlookers. Laura Schley, UW-Green Bay junior Arts Management major, said Create-a-Thon was an opportunity for the campus community to engage artists and learn how artistic creation can be valuable on a personal level.
“I want them to see what great artists, musicians and performers we have on this campus,” Schley said. “I think we have a goldmine of talent here, this is a great way to notice everyone’s special skills.”
As sketch artists, painters and knitters put their unique abilities on display, the background music wasn’t typical of the Phoenix Club; rather, the air was filled with melodies performed by the students of Assistant Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst’s materials and design class, an upper-level music course. McQuade Dewhirst said the performances were midterm projects that were designed to reflect the ideas and methods taught in the course. But showcasing artistic innovation shouldn’t be relegated to a gallery or concert hall, she said.
“What we do in art can be very specialized but it’s meant for everyone — this event was meant to bring it to the people,” McQuade-Dewhirst said. “We want to demystify what art can be, if you have someone sitting there showing you, then the process is less intimidating than learning it on your own.”
The interactive nature of Create-a-Thon was readily apparent at the table where Associate Prof. Alison Gates and Prof. Ellen Rosewall sat while demonstrating the creative and relaxing art form of knitting. Both faculty members were creating their freeform knitting pieces, which would be combined with other pieces to form a final collaborative artwork later in the day.
“Knitting is all muscle memory. Once you know the basics, you can create your own original artwork,” Gates said. “It’s highly satisfying to be able to create something you can give as a handmade gift or wear yourself.”
Emphasizing the variety of creative items being generated by students and faculty during Create-a-Thon was one goal of the Common Theme task force members when the event was proposed, but not the only one. Emphasizing imagination and showing the necessity of innovation in the workforce was also a priority.
“The act of creativity can happen in other fields as well,” Rosewall said. “Scientists are creative, engineers can be creative — employers are saying they don’t need people to know the right answer, they need people to create new ideas.”
The Phoenix Club was also utilized as temporary studio by Alan De La Cruz, UW-Green Bay freshman art major; Ranita Haanen, UW-Green Bay freshman art major; and Zach Swan, UW-Green Bay freshman art major. The three were free-hand sketching renditions of UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden, Provost Julia Wallace and President Barack Obama, respectively.
Within the first two hours of the event, the artists had begun to shade their designs with charcoal to give the work more depth. Their collaborative effort was part of a project called “Whose Eyes Are On UW-Green Bay,” and is intended to inspire others to learn about the value of expression, Swan said.
“It won’t end up to be an exact replication of their facial features,” Haanen said. “It will be a bit more abstract.”
Aside from the wide range of artistic demonstrations and poetry readings, several instrumental numbers were performed throughout the event. UW-Green Bay Jazz ensemble, a UW-Green Bay Music Student convocation and an Alumni Saxophone Quartet performance were other highlights of the day’s events.
More information about UW-Green Bay’s Common Theme is available online.
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The campus and larger communities are invited to have fun and get creative all day long Friday (April 19), when UW-Green Bay presents its first-ever “Create-a-Thon” in conjunction with the campus Common Theme. The Union’s Phoenix Club will be Create-a-Thon central from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., hosting events centered on music, art, improvisation and more. Participation-based art activities will include drawing, painting and the creation of a freeform knitting/crocheting project, along with a whiteboard project inspired by artist, designer and urban planner Candy Chang. Terrific musical performances will include “In C,” a composition that can accommodate any number of people — maybe including you? Interested participants will meet in the Band Room at 2:15 p.m. prior to a 3:15 p.m. performance. It’s all part of the 2012-13 Common Theme, “Creativity, Innovation and Vision.” For more details, check out our news release.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will present its first ever Create-a-Thon event Friday, April 19, celebrating the campus Common Theme of “Creativity, Innovation & Vision” with a day of music, art, improvisation and more.
The Create-a-Thon will run from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. in the Phoenix Club of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Digital projections of faculty and student art will be featured throughout most of the day, with art activities including drawing, painting and creation of a freeform knitting/crocheting project running straight through until the event’s conclusion at 8 p.m. Participants also can join in a whiteboard art project inspired by artist, designer and urban planner Candy Chang, who spoke on campus last semester as part of a Common Theme event.
Highlights of the Create-a-Thon also will include a performance of “In C,” a composition that can accommodate any number of people in a semi-improvised score. Individuals who are interested in performing are invited to join UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Adam Gaines in the University’s Band Room (Studio Arts Building) at 2:15 p.m. for a meeting and rehearsal. The performance will take place from 3:15-4 p.m. in the Phoenix Club. Other Create-a-Thon activities include:
• Student composition showcase, featuring students of Assistant Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, 11-11:30 a.m.
• UW-Green Bay Jazz ensembles performance, 12:45-2 p.m.
• UW-Green Bay Music student convocation, 2:15-3 p.m.
• Unveiling of Prof. Christine Style’s new “little library,” 3 p.m.
• Alumni Saxophone Quartet performs, 5-5:45 p.m.
Additional performances and other events may be added into the evening. The Create-a-Thon concludes at 8 p.m.
The yearlong Common Theme program at UW-Green Bay involves students, faculty, staff and community in a focused dialogue about a specific issue or area of study. It engages participants in the ideals of a liberal arts education and UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary mission, encouraging exploration of the theme from multiple perspectives.
The Common Theme for 2013-14 will be “Global Citizenship in an Evolving World,” an exploration of how globalization has triggered a range of social, cultural, political, environmental and economic changes throughout the world — and how virtually all fields of study and industries now are impacted by global issues. For more information on the Common Theme program, visit www.uwgb.edu/commontheme.
Don’t have all the details pinned down yet — which is in keeping with the fun, creative nature of this project — but we do know that various faculty and staff members and proponents of our “Creativity” Common Theme are planning a special day for Friday, April 19. They’re calling it a Create-a-Thon and starting to schedule things for 10 a.m. to midnight with the University Union’s Phoenix Club being one of the central locations for art, music and more. More to come on this celebration of creativity.