Due to COVID-19, our physical office is closed. However, all classes will be held online and instructors and staff are working remotely. We recommend email or Canvas to reach instructors and email or phone for departmental business.

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There are several areas of studio emphasis to choose from.

OUR GOAL

The UWL Department of Art provides an educational environment that encourages:

  • intellectual development
  • visual literacy
  • artistic production

Our students learn to think creatively, critically, and across disciplines to develop their own individual artwork. Our goal is to equip all students with creative problem solving and technical skills to practice art and be successful in whatever career path they choose. We foster the development of graduates who are active citizens and advocates for the arts.

Our curriculum blends liberal studies with studio practice. Our students are exposed to a range of art media and processes, including:

  • 2D and 3D design
  • Drawing
  • Digital imaging
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Metalsmithing
  • Blacksmithing
  • Jewelry making

We are a small department that fosters a sense of community, and a safe and supportive environment for students to feel comfortable taking risks. Our studio art classes are hands-on and small so that we can offer support and mentoring.

Art students are exposed to global art by taking field trips to Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Chicago, viewing exhibitions in the UWL Art Gallery, engaging with visiting artists, and studying abroad. We prepare our students for careers by incorporating professional practices coursework into our curriculum. Students pursue internships with regional arts organizations, participate in student organizations and committees, and work as studio and gallery assistants within the department.

WHAT'S HAPPENING...

WI 3rd Congressional District High School Exhibition

This exhibit was scheduled in the Main Gallery, March 26th - April 11th, with a reception to be held on April 5th. Unfortunately, due to the rapidly evolving situation with the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been decided that this year's physical exhibition will be cancelled. However, Ron Kind's office will be working in conjunction with the UWL Art Gallery to allow this exhibit to be viewed virtually. We will keep you updated as this virtual exhibit endeavor evolves.

Summer Session: 5/26/20 - 8/29/20

Please note: These Summer Session classes are online.

SESSION 1: 5/26/20 - 6/19/20 (2 credit classes end on 6/12/20)

ART 102 Sec 411 - Art Appreciation Cr.2     INSTRUCTOR: Brad Nichols

Discovering the visual world. An introduction to the visual arts of applied arts, architecture, craft arts, film/video arts, painting/drawing, printing/ graphic arts, and sculpture. The student will learn to use analysis and evaluation to explore the meaning of art.

ART 172 Sec 411 - Photography Survey Cr.3    INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Hawkes

This course is a thematic examination of photography as a contemporary art form. Through lectures, films, hands on assignments and discussions, students will learn important conceptual and visual trends employed in art photography. Topics covered will include: 19th and 20th century influences, multi-cultural interpretation of genres, issues of identity and the influence of digital technology on photography. Students will also learn about individual and collective cultural models utilized to form the complex visual language of photographs.

ART 172 Sec 412 - Photography Survey Cr.3    INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Hawkes

This course is a thematic examination of photography as a contemporary art form. Through lectures, films, hands on assignments and discussions, students will learn important conceptual and visual trends employed in art photography. Topics covered will include: 19th and 20th century influences, multi-cultural interpretation of genres, issues of identity and the influence of digital technology on photography. Students will also learn about individual and collective cultural models utilized to form the complex visual language of photographs.

SESSION 2: 6/22/20 - 7/17/20 (2 credit classes end on 7/10/20)

ART 102 Sec 421 - Art Appreciation Cr.2     INSTRUCTOR: Brad Nichols

Discovering the visual world. An introduction to the visual arts of applied arts, architecture, craft arts, film/video arts, painting/drawing, printing/ graphic arts, and sculpture. The student will learn to use analysis and evaluation to explore the meaning of art.

ART 172 Sec 421 - Photography Survey Cr.3    INSTRUCTOR: Linda Levinson

This course is a thematic examination of photography as a contemporary art form. Through lectures, films, hands on assignments and discussions, students will learn important conceptual and visual trends employed in art photography. Topics covered will include: 19th and 20th century influences, multi-cultural interpretation of genres, issues of identity and the influence of digital technology on photography. Students will also learn about individual and collective cultural models utilized to form the complex visual language of photographs.

ART 172 Sec 422 - Photography Survey Cr.3    INSTRUCTOR: Linda Levinson

This course is a thematic examination of photography as a contemporary art form. Through lectures, films, hands on assignments and discussions, students will learn important conceptual and visual trends employed in art photography. Topics covered will include: 19th and 20th century influences, multi-cultural interpretation of genres, issues of identity and the influence of digital technology on photography. Students will also learn about individual and collective cultural models utilized to form the complex visual language of photographs.

SESSION 3: 7/20/20 - 8/14/20 (2 credit classes end on 8/7/20)

ART 102 Sec 431 - Art Appreciation Cr.2     INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Williams

Discovering the visual world. An introduction to the visual arts of applied arts, architecture, craft arts, film/video arts, painting/drawing, printing/ graphic arts, and sculpture. The student will learn to use analysis and evaluation to explore the meaning of art.

Creative Imperatives

Check out the Art Department's contributions to Creative Imperatives

https://news.uwlax.edu/photos-creative-imperatives/