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  • Art in the Mug

    For the past few years, Murphy Library has partnered with the Department of Art to produce an ongoing art exhibition series featuring the artwork of UW-L students, faculty, and staff. The exhibitions run for about a month and feature a variety of artistic works ranging from painting, metalwork, sculpture, quilting, drawing, and much more. Check back often as we post more information about upcoming shows.

    For more information about this program, please contact Marc Manke at Murphy Library, mmanke@uwlax.edu


    Photography Survey

    New works by Photography and Imaging II and Experimental Photography classes

    Date:

    November 1 - November 30
    Located in Murphy's Mug on the first floor of Murphy Library
    KatyCoon_MugArt_photo_fall2014
    Image courtesy of Katy Coon

    About the exhibition

    Murphy Library’s Art in the Mug Program has a new exhibition of student photography from the Photography and Imaging II and Experimental Photography classes. Including still lifes, figure, landscape, digital compositions and traditional cyanotypes, the exhibition provides a survey of student work from the photography classes at UW-L. Works were selected by UW-L associate professor of photography, Linda Levinson to showcase the breadth of techniques and conceptual frameworks students experiment with throughout her classes.

    On the works from ART372 - Photography and Imaging II Levinson says, “The main objective of the course is for students to understand the use of digital cameras, post processing, and digital output and to implement color management when utilizing digital printers and scanners. Students also explore how artists are using various new media to address contemporary concerns such as technology’s effect on personal identity and social relations, and the impact of advanced imaging technologies on culture and society.”

    For students in ART476 - Experimental Photography, the process of photography is approachedl experimentally. This open exploration of photographic process can be seen through an installation of over 30 cyanotypes. The images (with the rich, traditional blue coloring intrinsic to the process) have been collaged from magazine clippings, printed on coffee filters, colored with wine and leaf pigments, and superimposed on illustrations. Levinson states, “Students are encouraged to experiment with the techniques to make images. These include image-capture, traditional darkroom methods, non-narrative sequencing, non-silver processes, surface manipulation of the photograph and of negatives, using the photograph as a sculptural object, collage and many other possibilities beyond the conventional representative photograph. In the process of experimentation students enter into unintended and surprising areas of the imagination,”

    Participating Students:

    Experimental Photography
    Amy Bye
    Julie Downing
    Andrew Helman
    Jordan Hyzer
    Nou Lee
    Braley Quall
    Hyeonji Ryu
    Karissa Udoni
    Shellady Udoni

    Photography and Imaging II
    Katy Coon
    Alex Gorka
    Braley Quall
    Lauren Strommen
    Shellady Udoni

    This exhibition was made possible through the collaboration of the UW-L Art Department and Murphy Library.

    For more information about the exhibition, please contact Marc Manke at Murphy Library, mmanke@uwlax.edu

    AmyBye_Photo_Fall2014
    Image courtesy of  Amy Bye
    Cyanotype_Photo_Fall2014
    A cyanotype from the Experimental Photography class

    Irish Eyes

    New works by Megan Jensen

    Date:

    May 10 - September 10
    Located on the second floor of Murphy Library
    MeganJensen_1
    Image courtesy of Megen Jensen

    About the exhibition

    From Jensen - "Irish Eyes is a photographic series that captures the wonder I felt while traveling abroad for the first time. Ireland is a place full of life and beauty different from anything I have experienced before. The photographs in this series include images of ancient architecture, local culture, and natural landscapes. With focus on framing, perspective, and portraiture, these color prints feature big-picture subject matter as well as the smaller, detailed elements that I will never forget."

    Megan graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from UW-L in December of 2013 and has remained in the La Crosse area to continue creating work. Her most recent studies have been pushing the boundaries of personal adornment and art photography. She is considering the possibility of pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in the near future.

    This exhibition was made possible through the collaboration of the UW-L Art Department and Murphy Library.

    For more information about the exhibition, please contact Marc Manke at Murphy Library, mmanke@uwlax.edu


    H2O: An Autobiography

    New works by Natalie Renier

    Date:

    May 10 - September 10
    Located on the second floor of Murphy Library
    Natalie Renier - Proteus
    "Proteus" by Natalie Renier
    Cosmic Juice - Natalie Renier
    "Cosmic Juice" by Natalie Renier

    About the exhibition

    We see right through what we are most dependent on, taking water’s natural beauty for granted. Breaking water down into its simplest form reveals the unique properties that arise from hydrogen bonds making life on earth possible. My research investigates the story of water through the dual lenses of art and science. The properties of water are explored through cyanotyping and suminagashi artistic techniques. Cyanotyping (blueprinting) is photographic process creating a Prussian blue image that is revealed with H2O. Suminagashi uses pigment to visualize the movement and flow of water through the utilization of surface tension. These are then supplemented with drawings referencing scientific illustration, cartography, and observations of specimens reliant on water. This visual narrative from the perspective of water relates to a broad audience while exploring an innovative approach to traditional methods. Imagery works to educate and inspire awareness for our most precious resource.

    Natalie Renier received a B.S. in biology with a concentration in aquatic science and minors in both chemistry and art from UWL in Spring 2014. She plans to continue exploring the connection between art and science through a career in scientific illustration.

    This exhibition was made possible by an Undergraduate Research Grant and the collaboration of the UW-L Art Department and Murphy Library.

    For more information about the exhibition, please contact Marc Manke at Murphy Library, mmanke@uwlax.edu


    Foundations Showcase - Spring 2014

    Foundations Showcase - Spring 2014

    Date:

    May 10 - September 10
    Located in Murphy's Mug on the first floor of Murphy Library

    Featuring the work of:

    Emma Wuerslin, Amanda Ramos, Kayla Kirchner, Drew Guilien, Alesha Cody, Stephanie Streicher, Tyler Westpfahl, Krista Schueltzle, Amanda Hiti, Katie Kelm, Yifan Zhao, Alexa Fritsch, Jesscia Zickert, Danielle Nolden, Elizabeth West, Madline Thorn, Kelsey Walsh, Hannah Ross, Krista Schuetzle, Rebecca Welt, Allison White, Katie Womeldorf, Kacey Rozwadowski, Sarah Heyer, Natalie Renier, Xiaomin Xue, Kayla Kirchner, Alyssa Hensen

    About the exhibition:

    Every Fall and Spring Murphy Library host an exhibition of artworks completed by students enrolled in any art foundations classes at UW-L. This semester, classes taught by Binod Shresthra, Bradley Nichols, Stella Vognar, and Joel Elgin will be showing their works in the library. The works range from sculptures, videos, photographs, drawings, paintings, books,and many other art mediums. For this exhibition the artworks were curated by students enrolled in the classes.

    Foundations courses at UW-L within the Department of Art explores visual arts as a language to investigate and understand the inherent role visual arts plays in the society and the development of culture. Students use close observation, analysis of visual perceptions, and experiences with various drawing, digital, and three dimensional materials to expand visual vocabulary and to synthesize concepts/thematic development with creative process and design concerns. This capstone student juried exhibition demonstrates our students' effort in investigating visual art as a language in the context of liberal arts education.

    For more information about the exhibition, please contact Marc Manke at Murphy Library, mmanke@uwlax.edu


    India, My Didi

    Date:

    April 1 - April 30

    Opening Reception:

    April 8, 2014 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. in Murphy's Mug, Murphy Library, UW-L

    Featuring the images and objects from 13 UW-L students and their professor:

    Alina Piotrowski, Austin Baar, Lydia Russell, Cody Fortney, Noelle Griffiths, Chong Her, Claire Gocker, Korina Harman, Rachel Helgeson, Mackenzie Ray, Megan Roundy, Jill Blanchard, Amy McCubbins, and Professor Ayesha Patnaik.
    India_my_didi_groupshot_MeganRoundy
    Image courtesy of Megan Roundy

    About the exhibition

    India, My Didi is a photo, video, and object exhibition documenting the study abroad experience of 13 UW-L students who traveled with Ayesha Patnaik, Communication Studies, through India. The exhibition is a snapshot, encapsulating student experiences of India's encompassing, sometimes overwhelming combination of beauty, humanity, hospitality and extreme disparity. The students chose to personify India with the reverential "didi" or “respected older sister” as a tribute to their enriching experiences there.

    The exhibition pairs objects and images with the experiences, lessons, memories, and most importantly stories gained by Patnaik's students, allowing the UW-L campus community to share in the study abroad experiences and perspectives of the participating students.

    This exhibition was made possible through the collaboration and sponsorship of the students and faculty involved, the Office of International Education, and Murphy Library..

    For more information about the students study abroad experience, please contact Ayesha Patnaik,Apatnaik@uwlax.edu

    For more information about the exhibition, please contact Marc Manke at Murphy Library, mmanke@uwlax.edu


    Common Obsessions: 

    Michael Spicer, Megan Danahy, and Madison Hager

     Date:

     February 14 - March 14

    About the show

    “Common Obsessions” is new exhibition featuring the works of UW-L students Michael Spicer, Megan Danahy, and Madison Hager. The exhibition will be held in Murphy's Mug coffee shop on the first floor of Murphy Library and features jewelry, paintings, drawings, textiles, and installation works. Michael, Megan, and Madison were selected to show their works from a pool of student exhibition proposals. The exhibition is a partnership with Murphy Library and the Art Department.

    For more Information see the individual artist’s profiles below:

    Artists:

    Michael Spicer
    Michael Spicer
    Megan Danahy
    Megan Danahy
    Madison Hager
    Madison Hager

    Michael Spicer

    Artist Statement:
    Process is defined as “a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.” Although this is a variety of different methods and conceptual ideas as an artist, all of these works share a common trait, process. My intent as an artist in this work is to further explore the technical processes in order to progress my knowledge in the field of metals. This concept reinforces the structure we share in much of our society and especially education, gradually learning more information all related to a process.

    Megan Danahy

    Artist Statement:
    This body of work is centered on how joy and inner-peace can be expressed. We all have our ways of communicating our emotions and how they can be provoked or motivated, but its “what” causes that emotion to occur. My reasons are simple, for it is up to the viewer to reflect on what foundations their joy and inner-peace.

    Madison Hager

    Artist Statement:

    My work interacts with the space and light- the way the light reflects off of it and the way light moves through it. When I create art, I often think of the space in which it will be displayed. I then work with the space so my art complements it. I also like to use non traditional materials and am always experimenting with new materials.

    For more information, contact Marc Manke at Murphy Library, mmanke@uwlax.edu


    Foundations Showcase - Fall 2013

    Foundations Showcase - Fall 2013

    Date:

    December 6, 2013 - February 3, 2014

    Featuring the work of the following students:

    Emily Albrecht, Jacob Blackford, Melissa Heller, Carly Juzwik, Jessica Kramer,  Pa Houa Lee, Hannah Ross, Alayna Stein, Kelly Zimmerman, Sarah Heyer, Ashley Block, Madline Thorn, Kayla Debacco, Toni LaBreche, Jill Bagniefsky, Rachel Cain, Alyssa Hensen, Shellady Udoni, Ryan Borgardt, Tristan Hayes, Allison Johnson, Mai Zoua Vang, Yu Guan, Jake Parks, Abbigail Pominville, Amanda Ramos, Jacob Akin, Dan Devine, Allison White, Bailey Hauser, Paige Weier, Sabrina Bruehling, Michael Knappik, Madeline Thorne, Emma Wuerslin, Kayla Kirchner, Elisabeth West, Danielle VanBrabant, Alexa Fritsch, Rebecca Marks , Madalyn Salm, Elinor Brown-Lucas, Nou Lee, Mellissa Buss, Danielle Pursell, Allison Julia Yemm, Timothy Young, Jessica Zicket , Elinor Brown-Lucas, Emily Rebarchek, Madline Thorn, Laura Mead, Drew Guillien

    About:

    Every Fall and Spring Murphy Library host an exhibition of artworks completed by students enrolled in any art foundations classes at UW-L. This semester, classes taught by Binod Shresthra, Bradley Nichols, Stella Vognar, and  Randy Reeves will be showing their works in the library.  The works range from sculptures, videos, photographs, drawings, paintings, books,and many other art mediums. For this exhibition the artworks were curated by students enrolled in the classes.

    Foundations courses at UW-L within the Department of Art explore visual arts as a language to investigate and understand the inherent role visual arts plays in society and the development of culture. Students use close observation, analysis of visual perceptions, and experiences with various drawing, digital, and three dimensional materials to expand visual vocabulary and to synthesize concept & thematic development with creative process and design concerns. This capstone student juried exhibition demonstrates our students' effort in investigating visual art as a language in the context of liberal arts education.

    This art exhibition is made possible by a partnership between Murphy Library and the Art Department.

    For more information about the exhibition, contact Marc Manke at Murphy Library, mmanke@uwlax.edu.


    Selections from the Painting Studio

    Date:

    October 25 - November 16

    Artists:

    Jill Bagniefski, Brechtje Bennett, Jim Bennett, Mellissa Buss, Megan Danahy, Jenna Gilmore, Nicole Herrmann, Carrie Hilson, Lauren Keesler, Olivia Kennedy, Natalie Kotnik, Danielle Nolden, Amy Peplinski, Ellen Pfeffer, Alyssa Shurbert-Hetzel, Charleton Skinner, Stacey Smith, Kelsey Walsh

    Artist Meet and Greet:

    November 13th from 3 p.m. till 4 p.m. in Murphy Library, UW-L
    Charleton Skinner - After Gilbert Gaul
    Charleton Skinner
    Danielle Nolden - Thank You Society
    Danielle Nolden
    Olivia Kennedy - Touch the Coals
    Olivia Kennedy

    Murphy Library will host an artist meet and greet for an art exhibition featuring the works of UW-L art students Jill Bagniefski, Brechtje Bennett, Jim Bennett, Mellissa Buss, Megan Danahy, Jenna Gilmore, Nicole Herrmann, Carrie Hilson, Lauren Keesler, Olivia Kennedy, Natalie Kotnik, Danielle Nolden, Amy Peplinski, Ellen Pfeffer, Alyssa Shurbert-Hetzel, Charleton Skinner, Stacey Smith, Kelsey Walsh. The reception is from 3:00 -4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 in Murphy’s Mug.

    The coffee shop on the first floor of Murphy Library features the works of UW-L Students. The exhibition, titled “Selections from the Painting Studio”, runs from October 25 till November 16. The art works were selected from Painting classes lead by professor Jennifer Williams Terpstra.

    Terpstra explains the show:
    "The work in this show was developed throughout various levels of painting. Students in the introductory level have been studying spatial illusion in interior and exterior environments and exploring the attributes of the medium of oil. Other primary concerns include design, light and shadow, and the role of color in creating a complete painting.”

    The artist event and exhibition are a partnership with Murphy Library and the Art Department.

    For more information about the reception or exhibition, contact Marc Manke at Murphy Library, mmanke@uwlax.edu.


    Katherine Liu, Analese Nechvatal, Andrew Musil

    Date:

    September 20 - October 12

    Artists:

    Katherine Liu, Analese Nechvatal, and Andrew Musil

    Opening Reception:

    September 20, 2013 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Murphy Library, UW-L
    Katerine Liu
    Katherine Liu
    Analese Nechtaval
    Analese Nechvatal
    Andre Musil
    Andrew Musil

    On Friday September 20th, at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Murphy Library will host an art opening for a new exhibition featuring the works of Katherine Liu, Analese Nechvatal, and Andrew Musil. The opening will be held in Murphys Mug coffee shop on the first floor of Murphy Library and features the works of students, who are art majors at UW-L. All members of the campus community are invited to drop by during the event, view the works, and speak with the artists.

    Katherine, Analese, and Andrew were selected to show their works from a pool of student exhibition proposals. Each artist will be showing a separate body of work, which includes photographs and other artistic works. The opening event and exhibition is a partnership with Murphy Library and the Art Department, and immediately precedes the opening of “BIOMORPH:  Contemporary Metals Invitational” at the Center for Fine Arts Main Gallery beginning at 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    For more information, contact Marc Manke at Murphy Library, mmanke@uwlax.edu

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