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ONGOING FESTIVAL EVENTS

All Students Juried Exhibition

Location: UWL Art Gallery, Center for the Arts

An exhibition of art works by UW-L students.  The art works in this exhibition were selected by jurors Susannah Magers, curator of art and public engagement at the Rochester Art Center, and Nikki Havekost, an artist based in Rochester, MN.   

Student Research & Creative Work Display

Location: Center for the Arts Lobby

Throughout the festival, posters, art, and other work created by students in the School of Arts & Communication will be on display in the lobby of the Center for the Arts.  The work includes both culminating class projects and undergraduate research.

Art & Science Gallery

Location: Third Floor Gallery, Center for the Arts

 

Enjoy this special exhibit showcasing the fusion of art and science, featuring mathematical art, scientific models, and 3-D recreations.

Microscopy Mosaic Project

Location: Center for the Arts Lobby

 

We are constantly surrounded by aesthetics, but they also exist in what we cannot see. This interactive mural began in multiple locations around campus prior to the festival, and is now on display in the lobby of the Center for the Arts.  Come take part in this artistic recreation of the beauty of science, normally too small for the naked eye.

ART & ENGLISH: Informed Nature Walk

 

Between River & Sky

Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Myrick Park Trailhead
Misha Bolstad & Kelly Sultzbach

Join creators Misha Bolstad, Kelly Sultzbach, and some of their students, on a literary and graphic walk through the La Crosse marshes.  The short hike will feature the work both classes did for the literary anthology website they compiled and created: betweenriverandsky.org.  Environmental Literature students will read some of the environmental poetry that inspired their own analysis of why these pieces might help us reconsider our relationship to our local parks.  Advanced Graphic Design students will discuss the relationship of the photographs and stylistic choices to those issues and locations.  Participants are urged to bring their smartphones to read the annotations and view the photographs during the walk, and also their sketchbooks to record any inspirational ideas.

ART & HISTORY: Discussion

Behind [art]ifact

Time: 2:00 pm
Location: The Pump House Regional Arts Center, 111 King Street, La Crosse
Ariel Beaujot

Behind [art]ifact is a series of talks hosted throughout the exhibit. There are five talks, where objects will be delved into further by the artist and historian who worked with each object. Talks are open and free to the public. As part of Creative Imperatives, Behind [art]ifact will focus on the theme of science and art. The objects that will be discussed are a camera, bottles, and pearl buttons. The artists and historians presenting are Tami Holtslander & Jill Rippe, Jenny DeRocher & Roger Boulay, and Megan Kautz & Ingvild Herfindahl. This is a rare opportunity to engage in a deeper conversation with the people intimately involved in producing this exhibit. For more information, visit http://www.art-ifact.org/ and  http://www.thepumphouse.org/event/artifact/

ONGOING FESTIVAL EVENTS

All Students Juried Exhibition

Location: UWL Art Gallery, Center for the Arts

An exhibition of art works by UW-L students.  The art works in this exhibition were selected by jurors Susannah Magers, curator of art and public engagement at the Rochester Art Center, and Nikki Havekost, an artist based in Rochester, MN.   

Student Research & Creative Work Display

Location: Center for the Arts Lobby

Throughout the festival, posters, art, and other work created by students in the School of Arts & Communication will be on display in the lobby of the Center for the Arts.  The work includes both culminating class projects and undergraduate research.

Art & Science Gallery

Location: Third Floor Gallery, Center for the Arts 

Enjoy this special exhibit showcasing the fusion of art and science, featuring mathematical art, scientific models, and 3-D recreations.

Microscopy Mosaic Project

Location: Center for the Arts Lobby 

We are constantly surrounded by aesthetics, but they also exist in what we cannot see. This interactive mural began in multiple locations around campus prior to the festival, and is now on display in the lobby of the Center for the Arts.  Come take part in this artistic recreation of the beauty of science, normally too small for the naked eye.

ART: Watch Them Work

 

The Sleep of Reason: Printmaking

Time: 8:50-11:20 am
Location: Room 334, Center for the Arts
Joel Elgin

You are invited to suspend reason and join the UWL printmakers, who under the influence of the subconscious will perform magical, mystifying acts of printmaking prowess. Please bring an article of clothing and have it freshly printed with a UWL “Printfool” original artwork. This session will be repeated at 1:10 pm.

ART: Watch Them Work

Blacksmithing & Metalsmithing

Time: 8:50-11:20 am
Location: Rooms 20 & 23, Center for the Arts
Brad Nichols

Art majors will demonstrate both non-ferrous metalworking skills and traditional blacksmithing techniques. Students will be available to answer technical questions, discuss creative influences, and guide visitors through the two studios.

ART: Watch Them Work

Surface and Form: Ceramics

Time: 8:50-11:20 am
Location: Room 25, Center for the Arts
Karen Terpstra

Attend a demonstration of ceramic techniques and a tour of the studio. There will also be opportunities to work with clay and to see examples of ceramic work from around the world. 

Art & Science: Hands-On Demonstration

Molding & Casting as a Tool for Science

Time: 9:55-11:55 am
Location: Room 203, Center for the Arts
Barrett Klein

Professor Barrett Klein leads a workshop in which participants sculpt, mold and cast objects from nature-- demonstrating how art can aid scientists in seeing and understanding the world around us.

Discussion

The Science of Rhythm

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts
Matt Cashion, Ryan McKelley, Tom Seddon, and Guest Ben Toth
Moderator: Scott Dickmeyer

Join festival guests and UWL faculty in this discussion of how and why rhythm affects us, and its role in the creation of music and literature.

Potential Project

ART: Watch Them Work

Photography & the Camera-less Image

Time: 1:10-3:40 pm
Location: Room 26, WING Technology Center
Linda Levinson

Think you need a camera or at least your phone to take a photo? Come discover the world of Photograms, a photography technique that requires only light to capture an image. Participants will learn the tips and tricks, and leave with a creation of their own.

ART: Watch Them Work

The Sleep of Reason: Printmaking

Time: 1:10-3:40 pm
Location: Room 334, Center for the Arts
Joel Elgin

You are invited to suspend reason and join the UWL printmakers, who under the influence of the subconscious will perform magical, mystifying acts of printmaking prowess. Please bring an article of clothing and have it freshly printed with a UWL “Printfool” original artwork.

ART: Performance

Shumpei Yamaki

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall
Guest: Shumpei Yamaki

UWL alumnus Shumpei Yamaki is a ceramist who has also studied interpretive dance and combines these two disciplines into an intriguing and fluid performance. The event concludes with a discussion of his work.

ART: Film Screening & Discussion

One Woman's Journey Down the Mighty Mississippi

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Room 1400, Centennial Hall
Ashley Dechant

In the summer of 2015, Ashley Dechant spent 74 days traveling down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans alone in a 12-foot fishing boat. During the journey, she documented her experiences and the people she met on the river. Following the screening, Dechant will talk about her experience and answer questions. This project was supported, in part, by a UWL Undergraduate Research Grant.

ART & SCIENCE: Presentation

Crochet Coral Reef: A yarn about art, science, and climate change

Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts
Guest: Margaret Wertheim

Australian-born science writer Margaret Wertheim is one of the masterminds behind the Crochet Reef Project, a unique creation which resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash.  Learn how she and her twin sister Christine took crochet skills taught by their mother and combined them with geometry--  while watching episodes of Battlestar Galactica and other television fantasies. Since 2005, the project has grown to include Satellite Reefs in over thirty cities and countries worldwide.
UWL is now one of the newest Satellite Reef sites.  The year-long community art project will launch with a workshop on Tuesday morning at 8:00 am in Room 203 of the Center for the Arts. For more information and to reserve a spot in advance, please contact Professor Kate Hawkes at khawkes@uwlax.edu. To learn about the Crochet Coral Reef project, visit crochetcoralreef.org

ONGOING FESTIVAL EVENTS

All Students Juried Exhibition

Location: UWL Art Gallery, Center for the Arts

An exhibition of art works by UW-L students.  The art works in this exhibition were selected by jurors Susannah Magers, curator of art and public engagement at the Rochester Art Center, and Nikki Havekost, an artist based in Rochester, MN.   

Student Research & Creative Work Display

Location: Center for the Arts Lobby

Throughout the festival, posters, art, and other work created by students in the School of Arts & Communication will be on display in the lobby of the Center for the Arts.  The work includes both culminating class projects and undergraduate research.

Art & Science Gallery

Location: Third Floor Gallery, Center for the Arts

Enjoy this special exhibit showcasing the fusion of art and science, featuring mathematical art, scientific models, and 3-D recreations.

Microscopy Mosaic Project

Location: Center for the Arts Lobby

We are constantly surrounded by aesthetics, but they also exist in what we cannot see. This interactive mural began in multiple locations around campus prior to the festival, and is now on display in the lobby of the Center for the Arts.  Come take part in this artistic recreation of the beauty of science, normally too small for the naked eye.

WORKSHOP: UW-La Crosse School Reef

UW-La Crosse School Reef Project

Time: 9:00 am-Noon
Location: Room 203, Center for the Arts
Guest: Margaret Wertheim

 

UWL is proud to announce the launch of The UW-La Crosse School Reef, part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project created by the Institute for Figuring. In 2007 the IFF began a Satellite Reef program as a way for local communities to participate in its Reef project.  This workshop will launch the year-long campus-wide Reef, providing context and hands-on crocheting instruction. Beginning and veteran crocheters are welcome. Limited space is available. Please arrive early to secure a spot. For more information and to reserve a spot in advance, please contact Professor Kate Hawkes at khawkes@uwlax.edu To learn about the Crochet Coral Reef project, visit crochetcoralreef.org

ART & RESIDENCE LIFE: Self-Guided Tour

Mural Tour

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: UWL Residence Halls

 

Residence Halls are not just place for students to sleep and study. Their stories impact the brick and mortar as much as the brick and mortar impacts them. It has long been a tradition on campus for students to own their space by creating murals in the areas where they live. Take this self-guided tour of some of this artwork and learn how our physical environment and those in it interact on a daily basis. 

Potential Project

Discussion

The Science of Art & the Art of Science

Time: 1:10-2:05 pm
Location: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall
Joe Anderson, Joel Elgin, Barrett Klein, Adrienne Loh, and Guest Holly Walter Kerby

Bring your lunch and join the conversation with Creative Imperatives Guests and UWL faculty about the multitude of ways that art and science influence one another and prompt creativity and innovation in both disciplines.  Light refreshments will be available.

Potential Project

Presentations/Question & Answer

Student Research & Creative Work

Time: 2:15-3:30 pm
Location: Center for the Arts Lobby, UWL Art Gallery and Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

Students from Art, Communication Studies, Music, and Theatre Arts will answer questions and share the inspirations behind the work that has been on display throughout the festival.

Lecture & Discussion

Fusion Science Theatre

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts
Guest: Holly Walter Kerby

Holly Walter Kerby teaches Chemistry and Creative Writing at the Madison Area Technical College. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Fusion Science Theatre, a program that delivers important science concepts through the medium of theatre.  Hear her speak about the program and the successful teaching methods it employs.