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ONGOING FESTIVAL EVENTS

Student Research and Creative Displays

Location: Center for the Arts, Centennial Hall, Murphy Library  

Throughout the festival, posters, art, and other work created by students in the School of Arts & Communication will be on display in multiple locations-- the lobby of the Center for the Arts, the Hall of Nations, and the windows of Murphy Library and the ICE Center.  Some of the projects are culminating class projects and others the result of undergraduate research.

Before I Die, I...

Location: Center for the Arts 

Candy Chang created this interactive art project as a single installation to provide a place for herself and other to “share their personal aspirations in a public space.”  Since the first wall was built in 2011, over sixty countries have created similar installations in over thirty languages.  Inspired by these walls, UWL began collecting responses in February-- now on display in the Dialogue Space in the Center for the Arts.  View the installation and add your own thoughts! For more information about the project Before I Die.

UWL Art Gallery: All Students Juried Art Exhibition

Location: Center for the Arts, First floor 

An exhibition of art works by UWL students.  The art works in this exhibition were selected by jurors Carolyn Payne, executive director of the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis and Phillip Ahnen, exhibition preparator at the Rochester Art Center. For more information, visit the Art Gallery website.

THEATRE: Performance

Catch Me If You Can

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

Ticket Prices: $18 adults; $16 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students

Teenager, Frank W. Abagnale Jr., runs away from home in search of a glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer - living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country. Along the way, though, both Frank and Carl forge an unlikely friendship and discover a way to ultimately work together. (courtesy of Music Theatre International)

Book by Terrance McNally, Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, Based on the DreamWorks Motion Picture and produced with the permission of Music Theatre International. THIS EVENT IS NOT FREE. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m.  by calling 608.785.8522 or in person at the Fine Arts Box Office.  For more information visit UWL Theatre.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Performance

Chicken Soup for the Chicken

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

Featured Guest: Kevin Kling

Kevin Kling is a Minnesota-based storyteller who has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and has performed his stories about growing up in the Midwest across the country and globe. His stories are filled with humor and poignancy. He has performed at the La Crosse Storytelling Festival and has published three books including “The Dog Says How”, “Holiday Inn” and “Big Little Brother.”

ONGOING FESTIVAL EVENTS

Student Research and Creative Displays

Location: Center for the Arts, Centennial Hall, Murphy Library  

Throughout the festival, posters, art, and other work created by students in the School of Arts & Communication will be on display in multiple locations-- the lobby of the Center for the Arts, the Hall of Nations, and the windows of Murphy Library and the ICE Center.  Some of the projects are culminating class projects and others the result of undergraduate research.

Before I Die, I...

Location: Center for the Arts 

Candy Chang created this interactive art project as a single installation to provide a place for herself and other to “share their personal aspirations in a public space.”  Since the first wall was built in 2011, over sixty countries have created similar installations in over thirty languages. Inspired by these walls, UWL began collecting responses in February-- now on display in the Dialogue Space in the Center for the Arts.  View the installation and add your own thoughts! For more information about the project Before I Die.

UWL Art Gallery: All Students Juried Art Exhibition

Location: Center for the Arts, First floor 

An exhibition of art works by UWL students.  The art works in this exhibition were selected by jurors Carolyn Payne, executive director of the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis and Phillip Ahnen, exhibition preparator at the Rochester Art Center. For more information, visit the Art Gallery website.

ART: Watch Them Work

Printmaking

Time: 8:50 -11:20 AM

Location: Room 334, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Joel Elgin

UWL printmakers will perform live, death-defying acts of printmaking prowess. You are invited to bring an article of clothing and have it freshly printed with a UWL “Printfool” original artwork. This session will be repeated at 1:00 pm.

ART: Watch Them Work

Photography

Time: 8:50 -11:20 AM

Location: Room 26, WING Technology Center

Instructor: Linda Levinson

The Photography Area is welcoming visitors to attend a hands-on demonstration of camera-less images, otherwise known as Photograms, in the Wing 26 Darkroom.  Participants will leave with a creation or two of their own.

MUSIC: Lecture

Stories in Modern Music

Time: 9:55 -10:50 AM

Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Chris Frye

Professor Chris Frye shares insights into the creation of modern music, and how choices of instrumentation, melody, and rhythm help communicate to audiences.

THEATRE: Performance

Senior Showcase

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall

Instructor: Mary Leonard

Graduating seniors in performance and music theatre share highlights from their capstone performances, showcasing their training and versatility.

LIBRARY: Event

Book Poetry

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Location: Murphy Library

Facilitator: Teri Talpe

Select some book titles that jump out at you when you read the spines. Stack them up, change the order, replace one with another. Voila! Book spine poetry! You come, you choose, you stack. We take the photo.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Presentation

Study Abroad Stories

Time: 12:05 - 1:00 PM

Location: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall

Facilitator: Scott Dickmeyer

Students who have made international education part of their UWL experience will relate stories of culture shock, spontaneous learning in another country, and how they have changed and grown through summers and semesters abroad as college students. Additionally, instructors of faculty-led programs will tell about the learning opportunities that come with teaching students in international contexts.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Presentation

We Are All Related: Understanding Lakota Perspectives of Communication through their Stories

Time: 1:10 - 2:05 PM

Location: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall

Instructor: Dan Modaff

In this multimedia presentation, Lakota elders share stories of their origin and value system that reveal their communication philosophy and practices.

ART: Watch Them Work

Printmaking

Time: 1:10 - 3:40 PM

Location: Room 334, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Joel Elgin

UWL printmakers will perform live, death-defying acts of printmaking prowess. You are invited to bring an article of clothing and have it freshly printed with a UWL “Printfool” original artwork.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Lecture

The Media Story of Donald Sterling

Time: 2:15 - 3:10 PM

Location: Room 1404, Centennial Hall

Instructor: Kate Lavelle

This presentation will use the reaction to Donald Sterling's public racist comments as a jumping off point for a broader discussion about the responsibility of public figures in sports to promote practices in diversity. This presentation will encourage audience dialogue.

THEATRE: Demonstration

Makeup

Time: 2:15 - 3:10 PM

Location: Costume Shop, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Joe Anderson

Professor Joe Anderson demonstrates the techniques actors use to help transform themselves into different ages and states of being to reinforce the story of their character in plays, musicals and film.

MUSIC: Watch Them Work

Choir

Time: 3:20 - 4:15 PM

Location: Room 58, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Dr. Gary Walth

Peek inside the preparations for Wednesday night’s closing concert to see Featured Guest Dr. Chen Yi work with the students in the UWL Concert Choir.

ART: Artists in Conversation

Femme Gold

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Location: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall

Featured Guest: Amaryllis Dejesus Moleski

Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski talks about her use of culturally “classed” materials to create visual and performative artwork that explores how we might be programming our future in relationship to systems of marginalization. She will also share her specific concerns with the futuristic femme myth as it applies to queer and of color communities.

MUSIC: Watch Them Work

Wind Ensemble

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Location: Room 56, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Dr. Tom Seddon

Peek inside the preparations for Wednesday night’s closing concert to see Featured Guest Dr. Chen Yi work with the students in the UWL Wind Ensemble.

THEATRE: Artists in Conversation (POSTPONED)

Dulé Hill

Due to a delay on his current filming project Dulé Hill has postponed his trip to UWL.  We hope to have him on campus in April.

ONGOING FESTIVAL EVENTS

Student Research and Creative Displays

Location: Center for the Arts, Centennial Hall, Murphy Library  

Throughout the festival, posters, art, and other work created by students in the School of Arts & Communication will be on display in multiple locations-- the lobby of the Center for the Arts, the Hall of Nations, and the windows of Murphy Library and the ICE Center.  Some of the projects are culminating class projects and others the result of undergraduate research.

Before I Die, I...

Location: Center for the Arts 

Candy Chang created this interactive art project as a single installation to provide a place for herself and other to “share their personal aspirations in a public space.”  Since the first wall was built in 2011, over sixty countries have created similar installations in over thirty languages. Inspired by these walls, UWL began collecting responses in February-- now on display in the Dialogue Space in the Center for the Arts.  View the installation and add your own thoughts! For more information about the project Before I Die.

UWL Art Gallery: All Students Juried Art Exhibition

Location: Center for the Arts, First floor 

An exhibition of art works by UWL students.  The art works in this exhibition were selected by jurors Carolyn Payne, executive director of the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis and Phillip Ahnen, exhibition preparator at the Rochester Art Center. For more information, visit the Art Gallery website

ART: Watch Them Work

Painting

Time: 9:25 - 11:55 AM

Location: Room 204, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Jennifer Terpstra

Roll up your sleeves and turn up the heat. Painting students will demonstrate monotype prints using heated paints. This is a great way to integrate drawing and painting. Text can be combined in order to add to the visual narrative and create your own one-of-a kind, colorful and expressive works on paper.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Panel

Creating News Stories

Time: 9:25 - 10:50 AM

Location: ICE Center, Murphy Library

Facilitator: Scott Dickmeyer

Local news anchors and staff will tell stories and facts about developing, producing, and delivering good local news stories. Guests will discuss story crafting for a variety of media outlets.

ART: Watch Them Work

The Visual Storytelling Elements of Comics

Time: 9:25 - 11:55 AM

Location: Room 203, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Moxie Stoermer

Explore the graphic conventions that are used to tell stories visually using the medium of a comics; basic tools that let the artist create a sense of time and continuity.

THEATRE: Open Class

Improvisation

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Location: Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall

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. Come see where these engaging scenes will end up!

THEATRE: Open Class

Lighting Design

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Location: Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Amanda Kolbe

Students enrolled in the Lighting Design class will present Still Life project installations. Attendees can walk through the theatre to view each work, and ask questions about the process of recreating photos in 3-D through choices of instrumentation, color, intensity, and quality of light.

MUSIC: Lecture

Chen Yi: My Story in Words and Music

Time: 12:05 - 1:00 PM

Location: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall

Prolific composer Dr. Chen Yi will share the story of her upbringing in China and subsequent relocation to the United States, and how that duality of influences is represented in her music-- hailed as a blend of Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Workshop

Bookmaking Made Easy

Time: 1:10 - 2:05 PM

Location: Room 203, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Susan Schuyler

Every book will tell a story for participants in this fun, hands-on bookmaking session. All participants will leave with their own handmade book to fill with their unique story.

MUSIC: Lecture

Stories in Song

Time: 1:10 - 2:05 PM

Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Dr. Gary Walth

Dr. Gary Walth of the Department of Music will share insights into the storytelling power of song, including observations from his own compositions.

LIBRARY: Event

Book Poetry

Time: 2:00 - 4:30 PM

Location: Murphy Library

Instructor: Teri Talpe

Select some book titles that jump out at you when you read the spines. Stack them up, change the order, replace one with another. Voila! Book spine poetry! You come, you choose, you stack. We take the photo.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Workshop

Telling Your Story to Employers

Time: 2:15 - 3:40 PM

Location: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall

Panelists: Karolyn Bald, UWL Career Services; Heather Casper, Curator of Education- Minnesota Marine Art Museum; Emily Kurash, Director of Marketing- Great River Shakespeare Festival; Steve Michaels, Supervisor of Fine Arts-La Crosse School District

A panel of experts will provide tips on successfully applying for professional positions in arts and communication-related fields.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Public Speaking Competition

Time: 4:00 - 5:15 PM

Location: Room 1309, Centennial Hall

Facilitator: Tony Docan-Morgan

The Public Speaking Competition promotes and showcases student excellence in public speaking. Five finalists, narrowed down from a pool of over 1,000 students enrolled in CST 110 during Fall 2014, will present their persuasive speeches to an audience of community members and UWL students, instructors, and staff. Finalists will be awarded cash prizes ranging from $75 to $300. This event is organized and supported by the Department of Communication Studies and Public Speaking Center.

MUSIC: Watch Them Work

Orchestra

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Location: Room 56, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Dr. Tom Seddon

Peek inside the preparations for Wednesday night’s closing concert to see Featured Guest Dr. Chen Yi work with the students in the UWL Orchestra.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Screening and Discussion

Adoptees in the Wild: Season 1

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: Room 1400, Centennial Hall

Facilitator: Sara Docan-Morgan and Kevin Haebeom Vollmers

Join Dr. Sara Docan-Morgan, adoption researcher and associate professor of Communication Studies, in viewing John Sanvidge's documentary, Adoptees in the Wild: Season 1. The film follows several adoptees who have made their lives in New  York City and share their stories of identity and family. An interactive discussion will follow. A discussion will follow with Dr. Morgan and film researcher Kevin Haebeom Vollmers, the Executive Director of Gazillion Strong and also the founder of Land of Gazillion Adoptees, LLC (LGA), a multimedia company based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

THEATRE: Artists in Conversation

Robert Rosen

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

Featured Guest: Robert Rosen

Theatre performer and director Robert Rosen reflects on his career, including stories about the street theatre and circus in Europe which provided important early influences and his association with Theatre de Jeune Leune in Minneapolis Minnesota-- the internationally-acclaimed company he helped to found and where he served as the co-artistic director for twenty years. 

MUSIC and ENGLISH: Performance

Tales and Tunes

Time: 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Location: The Root Note 115 4th Street South, La Crosse

Instructor: Karyn Quinn and Matt Cashion

Jazz faculty and students from the Department of Music trade sets with a cadre of creative writers from the Department of English in an evening showcasing improvisation and original work.

ONGOING FESTIVAL EVENTS

Student Research and Creative Displays

Location: Center for the Arts, Centennial Hall, Murphy Library

Throughout the festival, posters, art, and other work created by students in the School of Arts & Communication will be on display in multiple locations-- the lobby of the Center for the Arts, the Hall of Nations, and the windows of Murphy Library and the ICE Center.  Some of the projects are culminating class projects and others the result of undergraduate research.

Before I Die, I...

Location: Center for the Arts 

Candy Chang created this interactive art project as a single installation to provide a place for herself and other to “share their personal aspirations in a public space.”  Since the first wall was built in 2011, over sixty countries have created similar installations in over thirty languages.  Inspired by these walls, UWL began collecting responses in February-- now on display in the Dialogue Space in the Center for the Arts.  View the installation and add your own thoughts! For more information about the project Before I Die.

UWL Art Gallery: All Students Juried Art Exhibition

Location: Center for the Arts, First floor 

An exhibition of art works by UWL students.  The art works in this exhibition were selected by jurors Carolyn Payne, executive director of the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis and Phillip Ahnen, exhibition preparator at the Rochester Art Center. For more information, visit the Art Gallery website.

ART: Watch Them Work

Metalsmithing

Time: 8:50 - 11:20 AM

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: 8:50 - 11:20 AM

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.

ART: Watch Them Work

Ceramics

Time: 8:50 - 11:20 AM

Location: Room 25, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Karen Terpstra

The Ceramics Area in the Department of Art at UWL welcomes visitors to attend a hands-on demonstration of ceramics-making techniques. After observing the process, participants will have an opportunity to try the techniques themselves.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Workshop/Performance

Bluff County Tale Spinners

Time: 9:55 - 10:50 AM

Location: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall

Guest Facilitator: Sara Slayton

Members of the Bluff Country Tale Spinners, a local storytelling guild, will be performing fiction and non-fiction stories. The Guild meets monthly for the purpose of developing storytelling skills among its members and is open to the public.

THEATRE: Workshop and Demonstration

Stage Combat

Time: 11:00 - 11:55 AM

Location: Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall

Instructor: Walter Elder

See hand-to-hand stage combat fight scenes performed by several members of last semester's Stage Combat class and then learn part of it yourselves with assistance from faculty and current Theatre Arts students.

THEATRE: Performance

Musical Theatre Storytelling

Time: 12:05 - 1:00 PM

Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

Instructor: Kathryn Moran

Students from UWL Theatre Department's musical theater vocal studio will present songs in a masterclass style, focusing on text, context, subtext, musical devices, song interpretation and overall delivery.

THEATRE: Watch Them Work

Creating Catch Me If You Can

Time: 2:15 - 3:10 PM

Location: Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

Production Team: Mary Leonard, Kathryn Skemp Moran, Amanda Kolbe, Joe Anderson, Ron Stoffregan, Megan Morey

The production team from the UWL Theatre production of Catch Me If You Can offer an inside look at how a theatrical production evolves from an idea to a fully realized design onstage. Hear from the director and designers, and see finished design pieces and process photos.

LIBRARY: Event

Book Poetry

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Location: Murphy Library

Facilitator: Teri Talpe

Select some book titles that jump out at you when you read the spines. Stack them up, change the order, replace one with another. Voila! Book spine poetry! You come, you choose, you stack. We take the photo.

HISTORY: Presentation

Hear, Here

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Location: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall

Instructor: Ariel Beaujot

Listen to a preview of Hear, Here, a location-based mobile phone operated project, located in downtown La Crosse, aimed at presenting the known and widely unknown stories of downtown’s people and places. On April 12th 2015 Hear, Here will install street-level signs at thirty locations so the people and visitors of the downtown area can hear and connect with these stories.  People will also have the option of sharing their own stories of downtown La Crosse, which will be added to the project as it develops. Professor Beaujot will share details about the project and some of the stories collected to date.

MUSIC: Performance

The Music of Chen Yi

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Stage: 920 Jackson Street, La Crosse

Featured Guest: Dr. Chen Yi

The final celebration of the Arts for 2015 will be a celebration of Chen Yi's music, including her compositions CelebrationLet’s Reach a New Height, and Dragon Rhyme. This concert will feature performances by the UWL Orchestra, Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble and Dr. Mary Tollefson.