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Murphy Library has partnered with the Department of Art to produce an ongoing art exhibition series featuring the artwork of UWL students, faculty, and staff. 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, email@example.com
RightBrainLeftBrain:A mathematical art exhibit
April 8 – Noon May 9, 2016, during regular Murphy Library hours
4 –6 pm, Friday, April 8, 2016
Murphy’s Mug, on the first floor of Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
The Art in the Mug exhibition program at UWL’s Murphy Library will host a new art exhibition titled RightBrainLeftBrian: A mathematical art exhibit. The exhibit will be on view in Murphy’s Mug, first floor of Murphy Library on the UWL Campus, from April 8 – May 9. The exhibition is free and open to all members of the campus community and public during regular library hours. An Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held April 8 from 4 – 6 pm in the exhibition, is free, and open to all members of the campus community and public as well.
This exhibition features drawings, photographs, sculptures, and other artworks created by UWL students in response to the question : What is mathematical art?
UW-Madison professor of Mathematics and fiber artist, Dr. Gabriele Meyer, juried Works in the exhibition. Dr. Meyer.
For questions, or more information please contact: Marc Manke, Murphy Library, UW-L at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608)785-8637
Nature Interposed: Works by UWL Photography Students - Spring 2016
Murphy Library’s Art in the Mug program has a new exhibition of student photography from fall semester photography classes taught by Linda Levinson, associate professor of art. Including still lives, figure, landscape, and digital compositions, the exhibition provides a survey of student work from the photography classes at UWL. Levinson selected the works to showcase the breadth of techniques and conceptual frameworks students experiment with throughout her classes.
The exhibition features the work of current UWL students and recent graduates:
The final works were created as part of photography courses in the Department of Art: ART376: Lighting and Photography, ART372: Photography and Imaging II, and ART476: Perspectives in Photography.
The overriding theme of the exhibition is the transformation of the space and presence of nature.
Photography Survey Spring 2016 is on view from February 8 – March 22 in Murphy’s Mug, Murphy Library. Please stop by and view the exhibition during any regular library hours.
This exhibition is made possible by The Department of Art and Murphy Library.
For more information about photography classes at UW-L, please contact Linda Levinson, email@example.com.
For more information about the exhibition, please contact Marc Manke, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographs of Murphy Library
A collaborative work by the students in Intro Digital Photography, Spring 2015
Athenaeum [ăth’e-nē’em] n. 1. A library or space dedicated to literary or scientific scholarship and learning 2. A place, such as a library, where printed materials are available for reading.
This photographic project was a collaboration. We photographed the library periodically over the a period of months. Every time we returned to the space we tried to notice something new - a different perspective, composition or understanding. We found ourselves interested in systems of order, unique architectural elements in contrast to institutional uniformity, and how different eras of design, technology and information intermingle and overlap. We were drawn to elements of compos texture, line, volume, negative space, light, shadow and repetition as they appeared in the books and furniture. We thought about presence and absence and what the future of the physical space of the library might look like in 25 or 50 years.
For more information about photography classes at UW-L, please contact Kathleen Hawkes, email@example.com.
Murphy Library Artist Book Collection
July - December 2015
First floor display cases, near main entrance elevator.
Fine press publication, prints, broadsides, and artist books from midwestern artists.
SailorBOYpress, Seven Hills Press, Arcadian Press, The Perishable Press Limited, Midnight Paper Sales, and Sutton Hoo Press.
Artist’s book is a published work that is entirely hand-produced: hand-set
type, hand carved illustrations which are then hand printed and bound in
handmade paper. The finished product is
viewed as a work of art in its own right.
Due to the book’s potential to reach a wide audience, the Futurists and
Dadaists produced some of the first artist’s books in their politically
motivated magazines and pamphlets. This
tradition was evolved by Conceptual artists in their attempts to deconstruct
art as they played with the format and idea of the book. Book arts saw a surge of activity in the
1960s and 1970s, and as a result, many universities have art programs focused
on the production of Artist’s books.
The artist’s book is a powerful communicative force—allowing for a direct
interaction with the viewer. This
interaction forces the audience to pause and think more critically about the
images and words they see.
Murphy Library possesses several thousand titles of contemporary poetry,
publications from private and fine arts presses, and small magazine publications,
with an emphasis on Midwestern writers and artists. Due to their fragile nature and
often-unconventional format, Artist’s Books must remain out of circulation and
away from harmful acidic materials.
The works displayed here include publications from Arcadian Press, Midnight
Paper Sales, the Perishable Press Limited, sailorBOYpress, Seven Hills Press,
and Sutton Hoo Press. These Fine presses
demonstrate the spectrum of Murphy Library’s collection of Artist’s Books,
which includes, but is by no means limited to, letterpress printed poetry,
conceptual works, and sculptural works.
This exhibition is made possible by Murphy Library Special Collections and was Curated by UW-L Student, Andrea Anderson.
“Second Shift” presents the work of five UWL academics, Lee Baines,
Tushar Das, Nabamita Dutta, Karl Kattchee, and Barrett Klein, who are also
artists and who are actively exploring the role of the visual arts within their
own scholarly disciplines.
Informal Artist Meet December 11 from 4 - 6 p.m. in the exhibition Space.
What is the difference between an experimental art practice and the scholarly process of inquiry? Is artistic expression effective and credible only when done by those who identify primarily as “artists”? Can the partnership of art and academia lead to a greater understanding of scholarly pursuits or can it, at best, only communicate the ideas of scholarly research? Through this exhibition we will present possible answers to these questions.
Second Shift presents the work of five academics who are also artists and who are actively exploring the role of the visual arts within their own scholarly disciplines. The artists’ relationships to art range from exploring the limits of mobile photography to integrating art as a research tool and conceptual partner to the sciences.
The insect etchings and drawings of Barrett Klein, biology, embody the long tradition of arts and sciences partnering for the sake of expression and representation. Historically and to this day, biologists create elaborate and exact illustrations of specimens and dissections to document and communicate their findings; Klein continues this tradition. In these and his other works Klein moves beyond this traditional iteration of science and art to further explores the rich aesthetic possibilities of scientific research.
Lee Baines, biology and director of the Murphy Learning Center, follows the established modes of documentary photography to share his perspective of his surroundings. His beautiful and striking images of birds clearly draw on the visual vernacular we have come to understand from publications like National Geographic and Audubon.
In a similar vein, Tushar Das, mathematics, employs similar tools of documentary photography, coming at it from a perspective that reflects his belief in the interconnectedness of mathematics, music, poetry, and photography. Das further establishes the relationship of words to his work through the inclusion of poetic verse side by side with his images.
Nabamita Dutta, economics, pushes the boundaries of mobile phone photography. All the images here were taken with a mobile phone during her travels. Dutta’s works show that the creative impulse can be realized even with the most basic means. She combines images from across geographies to create narratives from her experiences of place and travel.
Looking at the works of Karl Kattchee, mathematics, we can see that they integrate both abstract concepts as well as an less-abstract expressions of curiosity and conceptual wordplay. Kattchee’s DADA Dice serves as an excellent example of these concepts with its homage to the Dadaist artists and mathematical probability (which may seem disparate ideas, but have much in common).
This exhibition was made possible by the generosity of the participating artists and Murphy Library.
For more information about this or other Art in the Mug exhibitions, please contact Marc Manke, Murphy Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-8637.
Expression in the Human Form by Ellie East, Fall 2015
September 20 - October 16, 2015
Inside Murphy's Mug, first floor Murphy Library
Drawings, paintings, and Mixed media works by UW-L Senior, Ellie East
Using the body as an instrument, my work orchestrates swift passions and unkempt
desires we tend to hide from the world. From restful to spastic, the tilt of a finger or
the drape of a leg hints at hidden themes that are uncovered with playfulness of
materials. The forms, solitary yet bridged to others, speak volumes to the bond we
have with ourselves and to others, and the ties we create to reach an understanding
of ourselves. My works explores the connectivity of humans, the urge to relate
ourselves to others, and the connections we make with others are cherished as our
own identities. -Ellie East
Ellie grew into a human being from a larvae-type form on a farm where she spent
most of her time imagining being a pirate-knight-heroine crossover. Slightly flighty,
she dreams of being able to teach art in an institution without the political bullshit.
She was an honorable mention in the 2014 Plein-Air festival, and is lucky enough to
receive payment for working in the Art Department here at UW-L. She hates orange
juice but will never turn down an offer for waffles.
East was invited to show her works by the Art in the Mug Program due to her technically skilled, conceptually elegant, and beautiful renderings of the human form. We are excited to to help share Ellie's work with campus community.
This exhibition is made possible by The Department of Art and Murphy Library.
For more information about the exhibition, please contact Marc Manke, email@example.com.
Foundations Showcase - Spring 2015
May 15 - September 4, 2015
Julianne Pleshe, Cassandra Laabs, Dietrich Den Hartog, Tyler Westpfahl, Rachel Geniesse, Kendra Nedegaard, Ivy Molls, Kasey Pesch, Danialle Nolden , Kelsey Walsh, Danielle Pursell, Margaret Brown-Lucas, Elizabeth West, Nou Lee, Alexa Fritch, Ellie Brown-Lucas, Katie Kaufenberg, Alyssa Shubert-Hetzel, Madline Thorn, Bobbie Bender, Kelsey Mazza, Lauren Trautner, Emily Krueger, Jordyn Mroczenski, Christopher Wurzel, Michaella Hader, Ashley Dechant, Kathryn Worrell, Taylor Bates, Nicholas Bentzen, Haleigh Gerhardt, Drew Guillien, Sophie Hardina, Rebecca Heiam, Amanda Hiti, Carly Juzwik, Hsin-Yeh Lee, Kasey Pesch, Jordan Schmidt, Kelly Zimmerman
Every Fall and Spring Murphy Library host an exhibition of artworks completed by students enrolled in any art foundations classes at UWL. This semester, classes taught by Binod Shresthra and Misha Bolstad will be showing their works in the library. The works range from sculptures, 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 UWL 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 UWL art foundations classes, please contact Binod Shrestha, bshrestha@uwlax, or Misha Bolstad, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Land of the Midnight Sun by Ashley Kalbus - Spring 2015
Alaska is one of the least traveled areas in the world and therefore it remains mysterious to mainstream society. Alaska is cold much of the year, but for a short three month period it is warm. With 20 hours of daylight in the summer, Alaska lives all through the night. Thus it is referred to as the “Land of the Midnight Sun.” This photographic series captures the dramatic changes in lighting and weather I witnessed as I traveled through Alaska.
Ashley Kalbus is a senior at UW-L and working toward a B.S. in communication with an emphasis in broadcast and digital media and a minor in photography. This past summer, Ashley participated in an international youth exchange program through the Lions Club. She spent a month traveling all around Alaska with other youth from 13 countries across the globe.
This exhibition is made possible by The Department of Art and Murphy Library. Kalbus was advised by UWL photography professor Kathleen Hawkes
For more information about the exhibition, please contact Marc Manke at Murphy Library, email@example.com
A Biological Frenzy by Allison Yemm - Spring 2015
“A Biological Frenzy” is an abstract combination of the opposition of biological systems and unsystematic design. While these are opposites, so is abstract expressionism and pop art. Both movements of the 1960’s abstract expressionism and pop art are just as different. Abstract expressionism utilizes dramatic and heavy styles of painting and pop art defines a light and innocent movement. The under-layer of the two canvases and the larger drawing are done by marbling (a method of aqueous surface painting that is transferred to canvas or paper). The applied paint leaves a visible trail of the water’s wave motion. The drawings are done with bright markers to invoke the same innocence and liveliness that gives pop art its idiosyncrasies.
Allison Yemm is in her final year at University of Wisconsin La Crosse studying Exercise Sport Science and Art. These two studies have included a wide variety of anatomy and physics classes to art courses. While drawing, she continuously thinks of biological systems and wave frequencies. Throughout anatomy and physics classes, her mind meandered to flexuous shapes and disorganization colors. As an active swimmer, she spent a large amount of time by water. The geometric and ever-changing shapes seen looking up inspired a development of marbling. Her goal is to start Physical Therapy school following graduation in the spring of 2015.
Additional information and works by the artist can be found at yemmalli.wix.com
This exhibition is made possible by The Department of Art and Murphy Library. Yemm was advised by UWL professor Binod Shrestha.
Foundations Showcase - Fall 2014
Every Fall and Spring Murphy Library host an exhibition of artworks completed by students enrolled in any art foundations classes at UWL. This semester, classes taught by Binod Shresthra, Bradley Nichols, and Misha Bolstad 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.
Photography Survey - Fall 2014
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 UWL. Works were selected by UWL 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,”
Photography and Imaging II
This exhibition was made possible through the collaboration of the UWL Art Department and Murphy Library.
Irish Eyes - Summer 2014
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 UWL 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 UWL Art Department and Murphy Library.
H2O: An Autobiography - Summer 2014
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 UWL Art Department and Murphy Library.
Foundations Showcase - Spring 2014
Every Fall and Spring Murphy Library host an exhibition of artworks completed by students enrolled in any art foundations classes at UWL. 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.
India, My Didi - Spring 2014
India, My Didi is a photo, video, and object exhibition documenting the study abroad experience of 13 UWL 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 UWL 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
Common Obsessions - Fall 2013
February 14 - March 14
“Common Obsessions” is new exhibition featuring the works of UWL 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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundations Showcase - Fall 2013
December 6, 2013 - February 3, 2014
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
Every Fall and Spring Murphy Library host an exhibition of artworks completed by students enrolled in any art foundations classes at UWL. 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 UWL 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, email@example.com.
Selections from the Painting Studio - Fall 2013
Murphy Library will host an artist meet and greet for an art exhibition featuring the works of UWL 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 UWL 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katherine Liu, Analese Nechvatal, Andrew Musil - Fall 2013
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 UWL. 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.