UWGB Art Student Finds Inspiration Through Ongoing Pandemic | Spectrum News 1

At 23-years-old, Molly Gwitt is studying for her last year of undergrad as a ceramic major at UW-Green Bay. When classes went fully virtual last March, it took some time to figure out how to go beyond a screen to get art done.

“It was a huge adjustment!,” says Molly Gwitt, “It’s very hands-on, and it’s hard if you don’t have a studio at home, I was working from the kitchen, my mom was mad because I was taking over her kitchen!”

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Video: 48th Annual Juried Student Virtual Exhibition

Can’t make it to the Green Bay Campus? At least you can see the incredible work of UW-Green Bay students at the 48th annual Juried Student Exhibition. Students from any and all of the four UW-Green Bay campuses were invited to submit their work . The juror is Kate Mothes, an independent curator, founder of Young Space, and co-founder/editor of Dovetail Magazine. Watch the video:

Location & Hours of the Lawton Gallery

Monday – Saturday, 10:00am – 3:00pm
The Lawton Gallery is located in the Theatre Hall building (Room 230). The gallery is open during the fall and spring semesters, and closed during the summer months (June, July & August). For further information, please call the curator at 920-465-2916.

48th Annual Juried Student Exhibition: Call for Art! Submissions due Nov. 10

This annual exhibition is open to all enrolled UW-Green Bay’s art and design students, including Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan students. Juried by Kate Mothes, an independent curator, founder of Young Space, and Co-founder/Editor of Dovetail Magazine. Submissions are due by November 10th, 2020. The show will be Nov. 19-Dec. 15, 2020. Find more information about the exhibition and submission.

UW-Green Bay alumnus Beau Thomas is in the spotlight; mural artist is brightening the region

UW-Green Bay graduate Beau Thomas is in the news. He has designed and painted many of the murals people see around the city of Green Bay. The 2016 graduate, created the “Green Bay” and “Enjoy the Ride” murals on Main Street, the “Dream” mural on Pete’s Garage on North Broadway and the “Weidner Center” mural inside of the Weidner Center on UWGB’s campus. One of his first public murals is on the exterior of the Studio Arts building on campus and celebrates UW-Green Bay’s history. Read his story in the Press-Gazette.

Dystopian Landscapes – new work by Professor Berel Lutsky at Gallery 2622

The work in this show—Dystopian Landscapes—was conceived and executed before the pandemic by UW-Green Bay Prof. Berel Lutsky (Art) at Gallery 2622—and was supposed to have been shown this April.

“The world has changed considerably since then, only making the title of the show that much more relevant. I am pleased to be re-opening John Korom’s Gallery 2622 and bringing back the possibility of seeing art in person vs. just on the screen. Making this possible will require a few departures from the ‘usual’. You are invited to come to Gallery 2622, at 2622 N. Wauwatosa Ave. on August 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. for a socially distant opening reception for Dystopian Landscapes.”

Necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s health will be taken and is as follows: Masks will be required to be worn by everyone. If you do not have one, one will be provided. Hand sanitizer will also be available. The outside area in front of the gallery will be used for socially distant gathering. There will be a few chairs but you may want to bring your own. Hospitality will be provided in unopened single serve containers for snacks and drinks. The number of people in the gallery will be limited to ten at a time.

To help facilitate this we are asking people to rsvp to lutskyb@uwgb.edu >subject line: Aug, 7, with a preferred time slot between 6 to 9 p.m. Times will be assigned with the goal of limiting the number of people present at any one time to twenty or so. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you cannot attend the opening, want to spend more time with the work, or bring someone else to see the show, Gallery 2622 is open by appointment. Please call either 414-339-5159, or 414-257-2622 to set one up.

“Most dystopian literature is based on what occurs after a catastrophic event, global war, pandemic, invasion by alien life etc. destroys society as we know it. In truth it will most likely be a more gradual, but no less awful process that will likely have the same result. Artist/Philosopher Adrian Pipers’s 2018/2019 retrospective exhibit was shaped by various iterations of the statement: “ Everything will be taken away….”.

“In her dual roles as artist and philosopher Piper uses this statement, which first appeared in her work in 2003 and is distilled from a passage by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, ‘Once you have taken everything away from a man he is no longer in your power. He is free,’ as a centering mantra.

It has appeared repeatedly mostly as ephemera, on outdoor installations, written in marker on people’s foreheads, in the gallery as photographs documenting the ephemeral instances, and poignantly repeated on large chalkboards as if written by a schoolchild who has misbehaved. A challenge, a warning, a comfort…. ? We are left to ourselves to choose, and realize upon careful consideration, that it may be all three, and more, all at once. The only certainty is that there will be change, and we should not be surprised. Much of my work for the past 30 years has been landscape based. Unlike traditional landscape it has rarely been about a place, history, or celebration of natural beauty. The images offer no escape to the pastoral, nor an idealized version of displaced nature. Instead they offer landscapes of possibilities, not all of them good ones. Unaddressed, climate change is inevitable, and if left to run its course the social order will collapse. ‘Everything will be taken away…..’. If we do wake-up in time, taking the necessary steps will also require drastic changes to how we choose to live on this earth. Everything will be taken away… however in this case to enable something new.”

Lawton Gallery’s ‘Promotion From a Distance’ features alumni Wysocki and Langen

The Lawton Gallery has started a new series to continue to highlight local art and artists:

Stephen Wysocki

Stephen Wysocki is a 1996 UW-Green Bay (Art) graduate with an emphasis in painting. Wysocki works primarily in oil painting, both in studio and plein air. He captures the amazing beauty in the ordinary through subtleties in light and contrasting tones. You can find more of his work on his website and on Instagram.

@swysockiart on Instagram

Green Bay Print Shop

The Green Bay Print Shop, owned by UW-Green Bay alumnus Brandon Langer, is a small screen print and design shop that focuses on helping the community and local businesses with quality, sustainable, eco-conscious and comfortable garments that people will actually want to wear. GBPS promotes printmaking and educates the public with live printing events where event goers are encouraged to print their own prints and learn about the process. Visit its website to learn more about what is offered. Check it out on Instagram.

@greenbayprintshop on Instagram


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Addie Sorbo creates Facebook group to help people stay connected

Spectrum News — The coronavirus has forced us all to practice Social Distancing. Unfortunately, it didn’t come with a blueprint. A Facebook group popped up recently to help people stay connected, when they are physically apart. The NEW Social Distancing – Together group started in Green Bay but is gaining momentum across the state. Addie Sorbo (UW-Green Bay instructor) is the founder.

“It’s definitely a support thing. This is a new thing for a lot of people and we’re trying to figure it out, There’s this crazy thing going on in the world that we’re really unsure of but how can we support each other?” said Sorbo.In the group’s first two days it reached one thousand members.Beth Macco is a stay at home mom an finds the group useful.“It’s just light hearted and a place where you can find community and a little bit of joy in the midst of very strange times,” said Macco.The group isn’t just for parents dealing with changes. Delaney Langenberg attends UWGB. She’s used to a busy college life but with the campus shut down, she’s back at home with her parents.“I was like, sure I’ll do this. I’ve got nothing else going on,” said Langenberg. Delaney is one of almost three thousand members to join thus far.“It was a really big change for me and probably other students so it’s nice to have something. You have something to look at and feel positive about.”

Source: Facebook group connects while social distancing