Calendar of events

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]ifact

Location: Kader Gallery, Pump House Regional Arts Center, 111 King Street, La Crosse

[art]ifact is a project that combines local history with local artists. The exhibition at the Pump House Regional Arts Center will be on display from February 24 through April 17, and is a partnership between the Pump House, the Public and Policy History Program at UWL and the La Crosse County Historical Society. The exhibition seeks to understand the industrial history of La Crosse whilst inviting local artists to produce interpretations of the artifacts through various artistic styles. This will be an exciting opportunity to view locally made historical objects alongside local artists’ work combining the two very different disciplines of art and history. For more information, visit http://www.art-ifact.org/ and  http://www.thepumphouse.org/event/artifact/.

 

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.

THEATRE: Performance

Singin' In The Rain

Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts
Ticket Prices: $18 adults; $16 seniors/non UWL students; $5 UWL students

Get ready for a downpour of unforgettable songs in Singin' in the Rain.  Singin' in the Rain  has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline-the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers!  In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes things aren't always as they appear on the big screen.  Meanwhile, Lina's squeaky voice might be the end of her career in "talking pictures" without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.  This spectacular show is packed full of charm, romance, comedy and Tinseltown glamour and features some of the best loved movie songs including “Good Morning,” “Make 'em Laugh,”  and of course, “Singin' in the Rain.” Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. 

This performance is not free. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling (608) 785-8522.

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/

MUSIC: Performance

Ben Toth

Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts
Guest: Ben Toth

Guest Ben Toth’s concert will feature a wide variety of percussion instruments, including a marimba, hand drums, shakers, a 100-year old glockenspiel, a Trinidadian steel drum, among many others.  The program will include works inspired by music from various cultures including Indonesia, Mexico, India, Brazil, Serbia, Germany, and Trinidad.

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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]ifact

Location: Kader Gallery, Pump House Regional Arts Center, 111 King Street, La Crosse

[art]ifact is a project that combines local history with local artists. The exhibition at the Pump House Regional Arts Center will be on display from February 24 through April 17, and is a partnership between the Pump House, the Public and Policy History Program at UWL and the La Crosse County Historical Society. The exhibition seeks to understand the industrial history of La Crosse whilst inviting local artists to produce interpretations of the artifacts through various artistic styles. This will be an exciting opportunity to view locally made historical objects alongside local artists’ work combining the two very different disciplines of art and history. For more information, visit http://www.art-ifact.org/ and  http://www.thepumphouse.org/event/artifact/.

 

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. 

MUSIC: Presentation

Musical Tuning Systems

Time: 9:55-10:50 am
Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts
Christopher Frye

Professors Chris Frye and Karl Kattchee will explain the history of musical tuning systems from Pythagoras to the present and the theory and applications of these systems.

 

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
Instructor: 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.

THEATRE: Presentation

Meteorology & Theatre

Time: 11:00-11:55 am
Location: Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts
Ben Golden, Megan Morey, and Ron Stoffregen

How do theatre artists make it snow during A Christmas Carol?  Or engineer the catastrophic storm in The Tempest?  Meet faculty and staff members from Theatre Arts who will demonstrate a variety of methods for creating weather indoors.  The presentation will also include an onstage tour of the system used to create the iconic shower in the UWL production of Singin’ in the Rain.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES & PSYCHOLOGY: Presentation

Reducing Speaking Anxiety

Time: 11:00-11:55 am
Location: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall
Robert Eberle & Ryan McKelley

Have you ever wondered why the thought of a class presentation or a speech at a conference has your mouth dry and your stomach in knots?  Attend this interactive session to learn about the psychology of this fear and techniques to help you manage it.

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 Festival 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.

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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.

THEATRE & BIOLOGY: Lecture/Demonstration

The Anatomy of Singing

Time: 1:10-2:05 pm
Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts
Tisha King-Heiden & Kathryn Skemp Moran

This interactive lecture explores how the human body functions optimally for singing and will include a real larynx and lungs, on hand for demonstration purposes. 

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.

BIOLOGY: Lecture/Demonstration

Building Digital Dinosaurs

 

Time: 2:15-3:40 pm
Location: Room 1400, Centennial Hall
Eric Snively

Take a step back in time during this guided demonstration of how scientists recreate these massive and magnificent extinct organisms and discuss where hypotheses and facts meet. 

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THEATRE: Demonstration

Theatre & Physics

Time: 2:15-3:40 pm
Location: Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts
Michelle Collyar, Ben Golden, and Megan Morey

Although they call it “theatre magic,” science is at the root of many theatrical design and production techniques.  This demonstration will show how the physics of force, color theory and sound waves are essential to realizing a live production onstage.

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.

ENGLISH: Reading

The Word into the World: Writing a Sense of Place with Jill Sisson Quinn

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Root Note, 1145 4th Street S, Downtown La Crosse
Guest: Jill Sisson Quinn

Creative Writing students from UWL will share their environmentally-themed original work.  Ms. Quinn will take the stage at 8:00, reading from her essay collectionDeranged:  Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan, which “links ecological exploration with moments of individual maturation.” 

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.

[art]ifact

Location: Kader Gallery, Pump House Regional Arts Center, 111 King Street, La Crosse

[art]ifact is a project that combines local history with local artists. The exhibition at the Pump House Regional Arts Center will be on display from February 24 through April 17, and is a partnership between the Pump House, the Public and Policy History Program at UWL and the La Crosse County Historical Society. The exhibition seeks to understand the industrial history of La Crosse whilst inviting local artists to produce interpretations of the artifacts through various artistic styles. This will be an exciting opportunity to view locally made historical objects alongside local artists’ work combining the two very different disciplines of art and history. For more information, visit http://www.art-ifact.org/ and  http://www.thepumphouse.org/event/artifact/.

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 atkhawkes@uwlax.edu. To learn about the Crochet Coral Reef project visit crochetcoralreef.org

GEOGRAPHY & EARTH SCIENCE: Demonstration

Land Cover Maps: The Art of Interpretation

Time: 9:55-11:55 am
 Location: Art & Science Gallery, Third Floor, Center for the Arts
John Kelly

“Land use and land cover” refers to the arrangement of basic vegetative/physical geographic categories (such as “forest, “wetland” or “urban”) on the earth’s surface. While typically associated with physical sciences such as remote sensing and statistical classification methods, even objective satellite imagery represents a dozen decisions of human interpretation and priorities including, in the last stages of map preparation, aesthetic and artistic choices. Explore a collection of hard-copy and digital maps on display, and instantly create your own map by artistically manipulating scientific data.

THEATRE: Watch Them Work

Improvisation

Time: 11:00-12:20 pm
 Location: Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall
Mary Leonard

Let your imagination run wild and join UWL theatre students in the Frederick Theatre as they invent characters and situations on the spot.  Enjoy this live version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and consider joining in the game.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Presentation

Communication & Sport

Time: 11:00-11:55 am
Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts
Kate Lavelle

Communication Studies students will discuss the intersection of communication theory and practice in light of scientific findings about the relationship between contact sports (specifically professional football) and brain injury. This roundtable format will encourage audience participation and discussion.

ART & RESIDENCE LIFE: Self-Guided Tour

Mural Tour

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

View the Self-guided Tour Map.

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. 

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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.

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COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Presentation

Debating Science

Time: 2:15-3:40 pm
Location: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall
Kate Lavelle

Four students will debate Wisconsin environmental policy regarding increasing environmental protections. The debate will demonstrate academic debate procedure and strategies.

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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.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES: Competition

Public Speaking Competition Finals

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: Room 1400, Centennial Hall
Kate Lavelle

The Public Speaking Competition promotes and showcases student excellence in public speaking. Six finalists, narrowed down from a pool of over 2,000 students enrolled in CST 110 during Spring and Fall 2015, will present their persuasive speeches to an audience of community members and UWL students, instructors, and staff. This event is organized and supported by the Department of Communication Studies and Public Speaking Center.

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.

THEATRE: Performance/Discussion

Ted Louis Levy

Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts
Guest: Ted Louis Levy

Don't miss this special opportunity to see this award-winning dancer and choreographer perform and to hear him speak about his life and career.  The evening will also showcase some of his choreography for the UWL production of Singin' in the Rain.

Film Screening & Discussion

Filming Science

Time: 9:00 pm
Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts
Greg Ormes

The 2016 Festival comes to a close with a screening of Back to the Future II, along with guest commentators offering perspective on how accurately filmmakers in 1989 predicted the innovation and technology that would be part of our daily lives today.

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