The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty BoyCover art

Prof. Kristy Deetz publishes ‘The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy’

The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty BoyCover art
The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy

The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy by UW-Green Bay Prof. Kristy Deetz (Art) and her husband, Edward S. Louis, recently came out via Elm Grove Publishing and is available through all major book sellers.

Said to be “an inspired collection of intriguing paintings by Kristy Deetz, accompanied by charming and satirical stories by Edward S. Louis. Join the shape-shifting Rabbit, along with his best friend and astute sidekick Kitty Boy (both close friends of The Artist) as they venture into a land of visual and linguistic imagination, enthusiastically posting as art critics! Clever conversations between the two characters spark interpretation of the images, connecting with ideas from art history and theory, along with subtly dark humor—and plenty of puns!”

Kristy Deetz
Kristy Deetz

It’s been a busy year for Deetz: At the February College Art Association Conference, Feb. 12-15, 2020, Hilton Chicago, Deetz participated in the following events. (CAA, as the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts, promotes these arts and their understanding through advocacy, intellectual engagement, and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners, she chaired and presented in the panel session, An Overview of Contemporary Painting and Materiality. She spent a year organizing and preparing for the session that included Jason Mitcham, one of our former artists-in-residence from the University of Florida. She is currently seeking publication options for the presentation. Here’s more:

Many contemporary painters have made materials the principal actor in their works, taking center stage with regard to meaning, form and content.  What does this new materiality propose? Studying the materials in a painting uncovers process, metaphorical associations of physical substances, and evolving meaning or power to signify, as well as the materials’ aesthetic qualities. Materiality draws upon such diverse fields as material culture, anthropology, technology, and the history of science.  A study of painting materials opens new dialogues and layers of interpretation that cross socio-economic and cultural boundaries, uncovering questions about our global economy. Materiality encourages reciprocal influence of studio disciplines opening new investigations of what is painted on and painted with along with possibilities of the immaterial, ephemeral, durational, or conceptual in painting. Might this current focus on materials in contemporary painting be fueled by technological breakthroughs in the world of material sciences? Is it a response to our virtual, digital world and ‘screen’ culture? Or an increasing awareness of global climate change and the environment?  This session includes an overview of the topic with individual panelists presenting their unique approaches and perspectives to materials within the current milieu. 

For the session Art Happens: Amazing Women, she interviewed internationally acclaimed Chicago artist, Phyllis Bramson. Through four sequential conversations, this session features successful women artists, who have maintained highly productive creative practices from 20 to 50 years. Interviews: Reni Gower and Virginia Derryberry; TeaYoun Kim-Kassor and Edra Soto; Patricia Briggs and Miriam Schaer; Kristy Deetz and Phyllis Bramson.

This year she also served as Chair of the CAA jury for the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award.

Meanwhile, her artwork has been featured in two recent traveling exhibitions:  FLASHPOINT: Material / Intent / Fused. (Weavings, digital prints, and encaustic paintings.) Venues so far have been Piedmont Arts Museum, Martinsville, VA; Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA; and next, University of Southern California, Chico.  Compulsory Measures: (Three large acrylic paintings on cotton cloth.) Venues: Esther Prangley Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD, The Art Museum, SUNY Potsdam; International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX; The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA.

Faculty note: Assistant Prof. Mandeep Singh Bakshi publishes article

Assistant Prof. Mandeep Singh Bakshi (Chemistry, NAS) recently published an article in the “International Journal of Biological Macromolecules.” The article is titled, Photophysical behavior of heme group: Unfolding of hemoglobin and myoglobin in the presence of Gemini surfactants of different molecular architectures.” This work highlights the photophysical behavior of hemoglobin and myoglobin to predict their interactions with complex biological molecules.

Faculty note: Two UW-Green Bay faculty member publish chapter on Gender and SoTL with other UW co-authors

UW-Green Bay Prof. Katia Levintova (Democracy and Justice Studies, Political Science and Global Studies) and Associate Prof. Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier (Humanities, English) along with colleagues, Prof. Valerie Barske (UW-Steven’s Point, History) and Associate Professor Darci Thoune (UW-LaCrosse, English), published a chapter titled “SoTL and the Gendered Division of Labor on our Campuses” in the book “Academic Labor Beyond the College Classroom Working for Our Values,” edited by Holly Hassel and Kirsti Cole (Routledge, Dec. 2019). Their chapter discusses the gendered division of academic research and teaching labor and seeks to effect change in how SoTL (scholarship of teaching and learning) is viewed and rewarded in professional contexts. In doing so, we speak to “the value of particular types of service or research (scholarship of teaching and learning).” This collaboration is a product of UW’s Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program (WTFS), where four co-authors first met as part of a 2013-2014 cohort, which inspired them to continue their SoTL research and pedagogical collaboration for years to come.

UW-Green Bay student and former professor publish article

Current UW-Green Bay undergraduate Rosalyn Stoa (Psychology and Business Administration) and former UW-Green Bay Prof. Regan Gurung (Psychology) recently published an article in Teaching of Psychology titled, “A National Survey of Teaching and Learning Research Methods: Important Concepts and Faculty and Student Perspectives.” This study investigated both instructor course design and student attitudes and knowledge of the course across the nation. For Stoa, this is her second peer-reviewed published article as a UW-Green Bay undergraduate student.

Abstract: In this study, we assessed instructor and student attitudes and knowledge toward research methods (RM). Instructors (N = 62) answered questions about course format, topic importance and resources. Students (N = 166) of some of those instructors answered questions regarding attitudes toward research. Five major factors organize topics that instructors find most important. Only ratings of statistics importance varied by rank. Associate and full professors rated statistics as being more important than other instructors. There were significant relationships between attitudes toward and knowledge of RM together with the higher perceived utility of some course components. Requiring students to conduct their own research was not a significant predictor of attitudes or RM knowledge.

Faculty note: Assistant Profs. Mandeep Singh Bakshi and Georgette Moyle-Heyrman publish article

Assistant Profs. Mandeep Singh Bakshi (Chemistry, NAS) and Georgette Moyle-Heyrman (Human Biology) recently published an article in ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. The article is titled, “Functionalized Iron Oxide–Metal Hybrid Nanoparticles for Protein Extraction from Complex Fluids.” This work demonstrates that the hybrid nanomaterials are much more efficient in extracting protein fractions from complex biological fluids in comparison to pure nanomaterials with applications in biotechnology. The article can be read here

Faculty note: Prof. Gregory Aldrete publishes video lecture analyzing Roman movies

Have you ever wondered how accurate your favorite movie set in ancient Rome really is? Frankenthal Prof. of History and Humanities Gregory Aldrete recently published a video lecture course titled “A Historian Goes to the Movies: Ancient Rome,” made with the Teaching Company/The Great Courses in which he analyzes famous movies set in the ancient world. In his analysis, Aldrete explains how historically accurate the movies are, and he reveals the challenges that the film makers faced in re-creating the colorful cultures, heroic battles, majestic cities, exotic costumes and memorable characters of the ancient world. From film classics such as “Ben-Hur,” “Spartacus” and “Life of Brian” to more contemporary depictions such as “Gladiator” and HBO’s “Rome,” this course offers viewers a deeper understanding of both Roman history and modern cinema. The series features 12 separate lectures on various ancient Roman film adaptations.

Mike Eserkaln and Kimberly Vlies at UntitledTown 2018

Vlies’ illustration debuted at UntitledTown

UW-Green Bay’s own Kimberly Vlies (Web/Graphic Designer, Marketing and University Communication) was published for the first time in an illustrated novel that debuted at UntitledTown Book and Author Festival on Saturday (April 21, 2018).

The novel titled, “Continuing Adventures of Byron and Bing: Sunset Gold” was written by local author Mike Eserkaln. Eserkaln is also known for his improvisational comedy troupe, Comedy City, and local establishment, The Green Room Lounge. The book is available on amazon.

Vlies’s chapter 22 drawing, which depicts a girl and her pet crocodile sleeping, is one of nearly four dozen pictures published in this illustration project that includes both local and international contributors.

Kimberly earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Communications at the UW-Oshkosh and entered into a graphic design career, which she says she has been enjoying ever since. She has worked at UW-Green Bay since October 2007.

Kimberly Vlies's illustration for chapter 22 of The Continuing Adventures of Byron & Bing
Kimberly Vlies’s illustration
Continuing Adventures of Byron & Bing
Byron & Bing cover
Continuing Adventures of
Byron and Bing: Sunset Gold
Mike Eserkaln and Kimberly Vlies at UntitledTown 2018
Mike Eserkaln and Kimberly Vlies
at UntitledTown 2018