“Contemporary Views,” a new Lawton Gallery exhibition featuring the selected artworks of visual artists in Wisconsin, opens Thursday (Oct. 8) with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Theatre Hall Lobby. Guest Juror Molly Sampson will offer a short talk at 5 followed by the awards. The 41 artworks selected (from among 169 entries) include pieces by UWGB art alumni and students Cristian Anderson, Bonnie De Arteaga, Nadia Juhnke, Marjorie Mau, Daniel Moore, Kayla Schroeder and Johanna Winters. The exhibit was sponsored and organized by Wisconsin Visual Artists
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Guest curator will also present, pre-show — Molly Sampson, the Philadelphia-based guest curator of the “Contemporary Views” exhibit opening at the Lawton, will also give a digital presentation about the show and about being an independent curator from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Studio Arts Room 411 this Thursday (Oct. 8).
Rising playwright Peter Ullian is in residence at UW-Green Bay, collaborating with Theatre students and faculty on a premiere production of his play, “The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway,” written for the Forward Phoenix Play Project, to be performed in the University Theatre later this spring. Meanwhile, another Ullian play, “Waiting for Marcel,” is one of six commissioned plays that will be performed and streamed live as part of a unique international collaboration on Tuesday (March 10.) The project is called Book Wings South Africa, with sponsorship by the International Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, the Artscape Theatre Centre, the University of Cape Town, the African Arts Institute, and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department. Book Wings South Africa is said to bring together the worlds of literature, theatrical performance, and new media. High-definition videoconferencing technologies will allow the audience in Iowa City to see and hear performances held on the Cape Town stage, and the Cape Town audience to see and hear performances held on the Iowa City stage. The performance will be livestreamed.
Artist-in-residence Peter Ulllian will be featured at a pair of staged readings this semester organized by the Theatre and Dance academic unit. Each reading takes place in the University Theatre in Theatre Hall. Admission is free.
• ‘Fair City’ — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21
• ‘Pan American’ — 7:30 p.m., May 9
A member of The Dramatists Guild, Ullian’s work includes the book for the musical, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, directed by Hal Prince and nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play. His play Big Bossman has just been published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. Ullian is collaborating with UWGB Theatre students and faculty on stage readings of his work and a premiere production of The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway to be performed in University Theatre later this spring.