COVID-19 Update
09/15/2020

Our operational status

Academic departments will be minimally staffed. Classes for Fall 2020 are a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid. We recommend email and/or Canvas as the best way to reach faculty and instructors.

For more information: UWL's COVID-19 info hub

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...

PANDEMIC PAINTINGS

UW-La Crosse Art Professor Jennifer Williams paints a portrait of Tami Plourde, co-owner and director of sales and marketing at Pearl Street Brewery.

UW-La Crosse Art Professor Jennifer Williams is visiting La Crosse business owners to put them on canvas to provide an insight into what people are going through during the pandemic. Her project is called, “Painting us Forward.” Click here for more of the story.


HIGHLY IMPROBABLE: Senior Art Student Exhibit

Covid-19 may have forced us to separate, but it hasn’t stopped students from making art!

Join us in the first ever online Senior Art Exhibition, May 8th - November 15th! You are invited to view the exhibition, share your reactions, and help our seniors celebrate their graduation. Click on the link below to view the exhibit:

http://www.uwlax.edu/go/HighlyImprobable

Even though we weren’t able to open the exhibit in the campus gallery, you are an important part of the Department of Art community!

Online Exhibition is May 8th - November 15th. List of exhibit participants.

 

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: 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 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.

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.

ART 102 Sec 432 - Art Appreciation Cr.2     INSTRUCTOR: Jarred Pfeiffer

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 102 Sec 433 - Art Appreciation Cr.2     INSTRUCTOR: Jarred Pfeiffer

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://www.uwlax.edu/event/creative-imperatives/

Guest artist/metalsmith, Maegan Crowley, demonstrates how to form sheet metal into fluid organic forms.

More photos of Creative Imperatives 2020.