UW-Green Bay students make voices heard on pending cuts to the arts

President Trump proposes cuts for funding to the Arts. UW-Green Bay students in Prof. Ellen Rosewell’s (Art and Design) class are trying to make their voices heard. Wearegreenbay.com visited campus and interviewed Rosewell and student Claire Kitzerow. “The biggest argument that I have for saving the National Endowment of the Arts is that eliminating the NEA tells the people that our government does not support or care about our quality of life,” said Kitzerow.

UW-Green Bay’s Kristy Deetz (Art) receives ‘Excellence in Teaching’ Award

img_0102University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Art (painting and drawing) Professor Kristy Deetz received the 2016 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was presented with the award in October at the annual awards luncheon in Roanoke, Virginia, during the 72nd meeting of SECAC.

The highly competitive award is made in recognition of outstanding teaching by a SECAC member who demonstrates an exceptional command of his or her discipline through the ability to teach effectively, impart knowledge, and inspire students. To receive the award SECAC members must be officially nominated and provide evidentiary materials including a curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, and letters of support from colleagues and former students.

The Awards Committee provided the following comment on Professor Deetz’s teaching record: “Given today’s sociopolitical climate, Kristy’s teaching philosophy is a poetic testament for art’s ability to foster inclusivity across disciplines, philosophies and cultures. She has a clear and compassionate voice as an educator.”

SECAC is a national non-profit organization devoted to education and research in the visual arts. Founded in 1942, SECAC provides advocacy and support for arts professionals and engenders opportunities for the exchange of scholarship and creative activities through an annual conference and publications. Though founded initially as an organization of artists, scholars, and arts professionals from the southeastern states, SECAC has grown to include individual and institutional members from across the United States and around the world, evolving into the second largest national organization of its kind.

UW-Green Bay’s Thomas, Konshak win student ‘ADDYs’

Two UW-Green Bay students, Beau Thomas and Sam Konshak, won Student ADDY awards at the Fox River Ad Club’s annual ADDY Awards event that took place in February.

All educational institution students in Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Cities were eligible to submit to the ADDYs. Of the six student ADDYs awarded this year, UW-Green Bay students took awards for three projects.

UW-Green Bay student Beau Thomas received a Student Gold ADDY award. Samantha Konshak received two Student Silver ADDY Awards. All three award-winning designs were created in the UW-Green Bay Graphic Design 431 studio class in fall 2015, led by Toni Damkoehler, Associate Prof. Arts and Design.

A complete list of 2015 ADDY Award winners can be found on the Fox River Ad Club’s website.

2015 Student Gold ADDY Award

AddyAward_BeauThomasCategory: Book Design
Entrant: Beau Thomas
Title: Self Promotional Leave-behind Booklet (UWGB Graphic Design Studio 431 project)
Educational Institution: UW-Green Bay

2015 Student Silver ADDY Award

addyaward-sam-konshak-save-a-pitCategory: Consumer Campaign
Entrant: Samantha Konshak
Title: Be a Peach Campaign, brochure, postcard mailer and poster (UWGB Graphic Design Studio 431 project on behalf of a nonprofit organization)
Educational Institution: UW-Green Bay

2015 Student Silver ADDY Award

addyaward-sam-konshak-self-promoCategory: Book Design
Entrant: Samantha Konshak
Title: Self-Promotional Leave-behind Booklet (UWGB Graphic Design Studio 431 project)
Educational Institution: UW-Green Bay

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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Hamilton Wood Type - Talk & Lawton Gallery Opening

– 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.

Marcia Mueller and friends: Gather annually to honor ‘paying it forward’

Distance is no deterrent for Marcia Mueller when it comes time to return for the annual Named Scholarship Reception at UW-Green Bay. Continue reading “Marcia Mueller and friends: Gather annually to honor ‘paying it forward’”

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.