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...

Changing Currents: The Art of Truman Lowe

The ‘Changing Currents’ exhibition celebrating Truman Lowe’s life and work runs Jan. 31-Feb. 21 at UWL. Artwork: “Untitled (The Source), c. 2000 – 2010, pastel on paper, 30 1/4 x 42 1/4”

Internationally-acclaimed artist Truman Lowe’s works return to UW-La Crosse for exhibition Jan. 31-Feb. 21

Truman Lowe '69Artist Truman Lowe had a love for water — whether floating out on it in a canoe or using his artistic talent to replicate its quiet stillness or rushing movement.

It is fitting that the next exhibition of Lowe’s art is at a place where the waters of three rivers meet — in La Crosse. The city is also home to Lowe’s alma mater, UW-La Crosse, a place close to his heart, according to family and friends. Lowe, an internationally-acclaimed artist, died in March 2019 at age 75. 

The exhibition celebrating his life and work runs Jan. 31-Feb. 21 at UWL. Jo Ortel, professor of Art & Art History at Beloit College, and author of "Woodland Reflections: The Art of Truman Lowe, will be giving a talk about the artist on Thursday, January 30th, at 6:00PM in the Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts with refreshments to follow.

An opening reception will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at University Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St. Read the rest of the story here.

Winter Session: January 6 - 24, 2020

Please note: These Winter Session classes are online.

ART 102 - Art Appreciation Cr.2     INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Lenarz

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 1 - 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 2 - 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.

Creative Imperatives

Check out the Art Department's contributions to Creative Imperatives

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