Creative Imperatives

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MUSIC: Concert 

Experience the Cosmos: From Spiders to Fire!

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

Guest Artists: Susan Botti and Roland Vazquez

Featuring: Cosmosis for Sporano, Women's Choir and Wind Ensemble by Susan Botti with the UWL Women's Choir and Wind Ensembles; Jabberwocky by Susan Botti with Roland Vazquez; Latin Jazz Selections by Roland Vazquez with members of the UWL Music Faculty including the songs PireDance for LouisNo Place to Hide This Heart, and Sevilla.

MUSIC: Master Class 

Composition Master Class with Susan Botti 

Time: 8:50 AM - 9:45 AM

Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

As composer and performer, Susan Botti's eclectic background and experiences are reflected in her music. Theatre and the visual arts play a formative role in the aesthetic of her work. Her musical explorations have encompassed traditional, improvisational, and non-classic composition and singing styles. Samples from her works, including commissions from the New York Philharmonic, and The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, will be presented. 

ART: Workshop

The Compassion Project

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Room 203, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Marcia Thompson, Art Education Students 

Compassion, a simple word... so, how would you express that word on a 6x6 inch canvas? Come to this workshop, create an artwork, and show the UWL campus what compassion means to you! Anyone and everyone is welcome, including artists and non-artists alike. All artworks will go on display on campus in May! 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Watch Them Work

Broadcasting 

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Room 208, WING Technology Center

Instructor: Pat Turner

Participants will be given a guided tour of the broadcast facilities housed in Wing Technology Center and view the production of a 30-minute television newscast. Additionally, interested parties will have the chance to experience reading off a teleprompter, announcing weather in front of a green screen, and operating radio/television equipment.

MUSIC: Public Lecture

Intro to Afro Latin Music

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 P.M.

Location: Hall of Nations, 1300 Centennial Hall

Guest Artist: Roland Vazquez

This public lecture will address the roles of geography, economy, literacy, technology, and individuality in the music of the Afro Latin diaspora.

ART: Watch Them Work

Metalsmithing

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Room 20, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Bradley Nichols

Art Majors will demonstrate non-ferrous metal working skills they developed through the UWL Metalsmithing curriculum. Students will be available to answer technical questions, discuss creative influences, as well as guide spectators through the well-equipped Metalsmithing studio.

ART: Watch Them Work

Blacksmithing

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Room 23, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Bradley Nichols

Art Majors will demonstrate traditional Blacksmithing techniques. Students will be available to answer technical questions, discuss creative influences, as well as guide spectators through the Blacksmithing studio.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Workshop

Improving Public Speaking Skills and Reducing Speaking Anxiety

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Room 337, Cartwright Center

Host: Dr. Tony Docan-Morgan

This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills. Attendees will participate in various small-group activities aimed at developing speech content, incorporating creative and vivid language, and using one's hands, voice and face to deliver effectively.  Attendees will also learn a variety of techniques for reducing public speaking anxiety. Attendees are welcome to stop in for 20-30 minutes at any time during this session.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Performance

Throwing My First Punch 

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: Frederick Theater, 100 Morris Hall (basement level)

Guest Artist: Kimberlee Perez

Perez will perform her one-woman show titled Throwing My First Punch. This show is a personal narrative performance that focuses on queer belonging and relations across differences of race, sexuality, gender, and class. Grounded in personal experiences and engagements with history, Perez explores the interconnection between her own sense of self and her ancestors, high school rumbles, natal and queer family relations, and karate.

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND COMMUNICATION: Public Lecture and Salon

The Interconnection of the Arts, Innovation, and Economic Well-Being

Time: 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Location: Room 1400, Centennial Hall

Keynote Speaker: Harvey White

Salon Panelists: George Tzougros, National Creativity Network and Wisconsin Arts Board; Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin, Sheryl White

It is easy to say that creativity is important, but what does that really mean? Business leader, arts patron, and arts advocate Harvey White, who coined the term "STEAM," offers his thoughts on the crucial role of creativity in our world. After his remarks he will be joined by a panel of guests to expand the conversation and answer questions from the audience.

ART: Watch Them Work

Painting

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location #1: Room 204Center for the Arts

Students will demonstrate portrait and figure painting and encaustic processes.

Location #2: Room 340Center for the Arts

Students Shelby Phillips and Alyssa Shurbert-Hetzel will demonstrate trompe l'oeil painting and present, share, and discuss their research and experience working with John Pugh (internationally celebrated mural artist) creating and planning trompe l'oeil mural destined for La Crosse's Art District in June 2014. This student project is sponsored by a UWL  Undergraduate Research Grant.

THEATRE: Open Class

Theatre Improvisation 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Frederick Theatre, 100 Morris Hall (basement level)

Instructor: Mary Leonard

Students in UWL's improvisation class will be given scenarios to act out without any rules besides going along with the given circumstances of the story. Come see where these crazy scenes will end up! 

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND COMMUNICATION: Exhibit

The Research and Creative Work of the Students in the School of Arts and Communication

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Hall of Nations, 1300 Centennial Hall

Students in the departments of Art, Communication Studies, Music, and Theatre Arts regularly engage in research and creative work as part of their courses. Students also have the opportunity to take on special projects funded through undergraduate research grants, facilitating further education and exploration - often including travel to a different state or country. Meet several of these students and hear them discuss their work. This session will also feature displays of student artwork. 

ART: Public Lecture

Life After Graduation

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: Room 124, WING Technology Center

Guest Speaker: Vince Muehlbauer 

Vince Muehlbauer graduated with a degree in business and after years of frustration working an office job, he "made the leap in January and bought a pottery studio/gallery. It is called The Potter's Shop in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin. We have a gallery, members studio, and teaching area. I couldn't be happier." He will describe his journey from graduation to now. 

MUSIC: Master Class

Vocal Technique 

Time: 2:15 PM - 3:10 PM

Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

Guest Artist: Susan Botti 

"Reflecting life experiences... my voice channels the wide range of emotions and ideas inherent in the words and music I sing or speak. My acting training is as vital to me as my diverse vocal experiences towards this end. I bring the same wide spectrum of possibilities to each vocal experience whether a simple song, operatic aria, narration, jingle, jazz standard... whatever the work to be spoken or sung, I invoke all of my experience and complete vocal palette." As described by the Nashville Public Radio, "Botti loves that beautiful, classical bel canto singing, but she's not afraid to throw some Jimi Hendrix-style distortion into the mix." Botti has sung in concert halls world wide, from Carnegie Hall to Disney Hall to Suntory Hall in Tokyo, in theatres, clubs, and on the airwaves in soundtracks and jingles. 

ART: Watch Them Work

Ceramics

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Outdoor courtyard behind Room 25, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Karen Terpstra 

Woodfiring has been used since the 5th century and the two chamber wood kiln is one of the oldest styles of production kilns from Southeast Asia. This kiln usually consists of one of two firing chambers, with doors for stacking pots on one side, with a firebox at one end and a flue/chimney at the other. Firing times can vary from one day to several weeks. This kiln will be fired for approximately 30 hours. On Tuesday afternoon the kiln firing will be near completion and will be exciting to watch! 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Student Debate

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Location: Hall of Nations, 1300 Centennial Hall

ModeratorsMichael Tollefson and Kate Lavelle 

Four students will debate United States policy regarding global warming. The debate will demonstrate academic debate procedure and strategies. 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Film Screening 

seeking asian female 

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Room 1400, Centennial Hall

Host: Sara Docan-Morgan 

seeking asian female is an eccentric modern love story about Steven and Sandy - an aging white man with "yellow fever" who is obsessed with marrying any Asian woman, and the young Chinese bride he finds online. Debbie, a Chinese American filmmaker, documents and narrates with skepticism and humor, from the early stages of Steven's search, through the moment Sandy steps foot in America for the first time, to a year into their precarious union. Global migration, Sino-American relations, and the perennial battle of the sexes, weigh in on the fate of their marriage in this intensely captivating personal documentary. 

MUSIC: Root Note Performances

3rd Relation Quartet 

Time: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location: The Root Note, Downtown La Crosse, 115 4th St S, La Crosse, WI

The Root Note Organic Cafe and Music Venue is a popular "all ages" venue in downtown La Crosse. The group "3rd Relation Quartet" comprised of the rhythm section of UW-La Crosse's Jazz Ensemble I performs there each Tuesday evening. The group beings with a solid set with just the quartet, then opens the performance to jammers! 

*Also on display at the Root Note, "Printfools - Under Pressure," an exhibition of etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts produced by UWL students (on display April 7 - April 30). 

ART: Watch Them Work 

Under Pressure 

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Room 334, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Joel Elgin 

UWL prinkmakers will perform live, death defying acts of printmaking prowess. You are invited to bring with you an article of clothing and leave with that piece freshly printed with a UWL "Printfool" original artwork. In conjunction with Creative Imperatives an exhibition of etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts produced by UWL students will be on display at the Root Note in downtown La Crosse from April 7 through April 30. 

ART: Workshop 

The Compassion Project

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Room 203, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Marcia Thompson, Art Education Students 

Compassion, a simple word... so, how would you express that word on a 6x6 inch canvas? Come to this workshop, create an artwork, and show the campus what compassion means to you! Anyone and everyone is welcome, including artists and non-artists alike. All artworks will go on display on campus in May! 

THEATRE: Watch Them Work

Costuming: Creating the World of the Play

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

Location: Hall of Nations, 1300 Centennial Hall

Artists: Joe Anderson, Michelle Collyar, and Kris Peterson 

Explore the process of creating costumes for a theatrical production - from the inspirational sketching, to draping the fabric, to crafting the details. 

ART: Watch Them Work

Kehinde Wiley: Deforming Mastery

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Room 116 Center for the Arts

Presenters: Deborah-Eve Lombard, IAS and Richard Breaux, Assistant Professor 

Faculty from the Art History and Ethnic and Racial Studies will present multiple perspectives on the cultural and art historical context of the artwork of Kehinde Wiley.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Debate

Faculty Debate: Should the UW System Freeze Tuition?

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: Room 1400, Centennial Hall 

Communication Studies faculty members Mike Tollefson and Kate Lavelle will debate the resolution: the UW system should freeze tuition. Tollefson and Lavelle are members of the Advocacy and Communication Criticism emphasis area, and will demonstrate a variety of Advocacy skills in a head to head, audience-friendly debate. 

 

THEATRE: Watch Them Work

Scenery and Sound: Creating the World of the Play - The Metal Children

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Toland Theater, Center for the Arts

See faculty, staff, and students at work as the Department of Theatre Arts creates the theatrical environment for Adam Rapp's play The Metal Children, the final mainstage production of their 2013-2014 season. 

ART: Public Lecture

My White Friends

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: Hall of Nations, 1300 Centennial Hall

Guest Artist: Myra Greene 

My White Friends is a photographic series of portraits of the artist's White American friends, peers, and mentors. These photographs raise questions of why blackness and other minority traits are so commonly defined, identified, and recognized, and yet whiteness and other dominant traits are rarely named, discussed, or classified. In the artist's words, the photographs "are attempts to imagine a racial category that has an intangible descriptions. Some images are documents of my time with friends, other are performances of whiteness by the sitter..." My White Friends examines the photographic portrait's ability to describe race, explores insider-outsider group dynamics, and subverts a historic paradigm in the field of photography and fine art of white men imaging historically oppressed groups.

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND COMMUNICATION: Performance

Arts and Communication Mashup

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM 

Location: First Floor, Cartwright Center

Part 1--Main Floor, Cartwright Center: In this culminating festival event, faculty, staff, and students from Art, Communication Studies, Music, and Theatre Arts come together to share theatre, music, art, digital media, and storytelling to create a feast for the senses.  Join us and wander through the main floor of the Cartwright Center.

Part 2:  Closing Reception -- Join us for student awards, hors d'oeuvres, and celebration as we conclude Creative Imperatives 2014.