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Welcome to the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Arts Day! 

By joining us on Arts Day you’ll be able to participate in a small part of the excitement, creativity and possibilities that the departments of Art, Music and Theatre Arts have to offer here at UWL. Throughout the day, you’ll be able to experience first-hand various workshops and presentations. This will provide you with valuable insight into each of these exciting majors all the while engaging with talented UWL faculty and students.

I certainly hope you’ll take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and join us on Friday, November 3!

See you in the Center for the Arts at UWL!

Joe Anderson, Director
Arts Day


Event Details:

When:  Friday, November 3, 2017
Who:  This is a free event for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing the arts.
How:  Registration is required to attend.  Workshop sessions are limited to participating high school students.  Parents who wish to accompany their student are encouraged to use this day to meet with Admissions and/or Financial Aid or explore the La Crosse area. 
After you register:  You will receive a confirmation letter in the mail.  You will receive your personalized event schedule at Check-in.
Questions:  Contact Krista Shulka at or 608.785.6701.
More information can be found on the registration page.




Event Schedule:

8:45 a.m.         Check In (Center for the Arts Lobby)
9:00 a.m.         Welcome (Toland Theatre)
9:15 a.m.         Department Overviews
10:00 a.m.       Session 1:  Art
11:00 a.m.       Session 2:  Theatre
12:00 p.m.       Lunch (Cleary Center)
1:05 p.m.         Session 3:  Music
2:15 p.m.         Closing/Evaluation/Q & A
2:45 p.m.         Campus Tour (optional)

Workshop Descriptions

Art Sessions:

Digital Art Studio
Please join Associate Lecturer Misha Bolstad along with UWL graphic design students in a workshop creating a typography postcard. Using Adobe Illustrator CC, this demonstration is designed to highlight the importance of typography, color & layout in the world of digital vector art.
Location:  145 Center for the Arts
Instructor:  Misha Bolstad

Printmaking Studio
UWL Printmaking students will demonstrate numerous mysterious, magical methods of making prints.  Participants of this workshop are encouraged to bring a light colored t-shirt to be printed on.
Location:  304 Center for the Arts
Instructor:  Joel Elgin

Metalsmithing Studio
The Metals Area invites visitors to attend a demonstration of metalworking and jewelry making techniques. Participants will have an opportunity to attempt the processes demonstrated.
Location:  20 Center for the Arts, lower level
Instructor:  Brad Nichols

Theatre Sessions:

Stage Make-Up
Join student actors and designers as they discover the fundamentals of painted, theatrical makeup.  Using imagination and creativity, we will study physical analysis, character analysis and color theory as we gain techniques in application.
Location:  Makeup Room, Center for the Arts, lower level
Instructor:  Joe Anderson

Singing for the Stage/Musical Theater Voice
Student singer/actors perform repertoire from the musical theater canon which they are currently studying in the private voice studio. The instructor works with students in a master class/public voice lesson.
Location:  Frederick Theatre, 100 Morris Hall, lower level
Instructors:  Mary Leonard and Kathryn Moran

Stage Combat
Observe the art of hand-to-hand stage fighting.  Student actors learn a safe, non-violent approach to the techniques of multiple combat disciplines including attacks, defense, floor work, grappling and partner skills.
Location:  Toland Theatre, 150 Center for the Arts
Instructor:  Greg Parmeter

Music Session:

Music Department Showcase
Music faculty and students perform solos and chamber music. A Q & A session will follow the performance.
Location:  Annett Recital Hall
Instructor:  Jonathan Borja

Meet the Arts Day Faculty

Joe Anderson
Joe has taught at UWL since the fall of 1991 and served as the Chair of the department since 2010. He has designed costumes and makeup for over 140 university productions. He has designed for various theatres, dance companies, television and film. Joe has been recognized for his costume and make up design excellence at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. His work has taken him as far away as Cairo, Egypt.

Misha Bolstad
Misha graduated from the University of WI-La Crosse with her BS in Art and an emphasis in Printmaking. She went on to receive her MFA at Maine College of Art in studio art, printmaking and critical theory.  Over the years, Misha has evolved from printmaking to sculpture/installation to graphic design and now fuses together these techniques to create her work. Through this process, Misha explores endless possibilities the basic  elements of design possess, to create overly ornate and dynamic work.

Jonathan Borja
Jonathan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in flute performance, a Master of Music in musicology from the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Borja earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Principia College.  Dr. Borja studied at the National Conservatory of Music in his native Mexico City and has performed at the National Flute Association Convention, Steinway Hall, Helzberg Hall, the Kansas City Art Institute, National Conservatory, National University in Mexico and the National University of Singapore.  

Joel Elgin
Joel Elgin earned both the M.A. and the M.F.A from the University of Iowa under Mauricio Lasansky. He taught for five years at Dartmouth College before his present position as Professor of Printmaking at The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Elgin has served as a Lecturer/Visiting Artist at such places as Yale University and Swarthmore College. His prints have been exhibited in over seventy exhibitions and are included in numerous permanent collections including Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and Harvard University Art Museums. 

Mary Leonard 
Mary Leonard enjoys a fruitful and full career as Head of Performance within the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She directs 3 productions a year and teaches a wide variety of acting and musical theatre courses.  She originally comes form St. Paul, Minnesota and holds a Bachelors degree in Theatre from Hamline University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Minnesota State. Throughout her time in the La Crosse area she has directed over 62 productions. She also originated Camp Creative, a unique summer camp for children to experience art, music and drama. Recently she served as the director of Eric Ulloa’s 26 Pebbles collegiate world premier which was selected by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival to perform at the Region III Festival in Indianapolis.

Kathryn Moran
Praised as a “well-schooled singer with a delightfully fresh voice” (Boston Globe), the young soprano Kathryn Skemp Moran is widely recognized for her beautiful voice, compelling stage presence and sensitive musicianship.  On the operatic stage, Ms. Moran has performed a variety of roles and recently appeared with the Boston Lyric Opera as Bubikopf in The Emporer of Atlantis, where she was also featured as Flora in The Turn of the Screw. She performed with Madison Opera singing Laurie in Copland’s The Tender Land, and has been featured with Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Aspen Music Festival, and the Florida Orchestra. Under the baton of Keith Lockhart, she appeared with the Boston Pops on their Holiday Tour and with Faith Prince and Alice Ripley in The Best of Sondheim, with the Utah Symphony. Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Music and Musical Theater degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from Boston University.

Brad Nichols
Brad Nichols received his Masters of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and his Bachelors of Science from University of Wisconsin –La Crosse. He has exhibited his work internationally and nationally including venues such as the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, the National Ornamental Museum, the Cranbrook Art Museum, and the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts.

Greg Parmeter
Greg joined the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts in Fall 2016.  Greg began his career as an elementary school teacher working with special needs students.  He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting.   While working as a freelance actor, Greg was asked to direct the La Crosse Community Theatre’s (LCT) production of The Sound of Music in April 2008.  He was then hired as LCT’s artistic director where he oversaw the production of 33 shows.  Greg is a certified Fight Master from the Society of American Fight Directors.  He has served as the fight choreographer for several productions including Bridge to Terabithia, Macbeth, Deathtrap, and Reasons to be Pretty.



To register for Arts Day, please complete the online form here.

Please note that the Theatre and Art workshop sessions are limited to 15 students and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  If a workshop is filled, the registration will request that you choose a different workshop.

A detailed schedule of events will be provided in your packet at check-in based on the workshops for which you registered.

Helpful Information

Parking:  Participants have two options for parking on the UWL campus during Arts Day.  Participants may choose to park in any commuter lot, using the pay station at the cost of $1 per hour.  Partipants can also choose to go to the Parking Services office and purchase a half day ($3) or full day ($5) permit.  You are encouraged to park in the parking ramp.  Either option requires your car's license plate number.  For more information about the location of teh Parking Services office or parking ramp, please refer to the campus map below.

Campus Map:  A campus map can be found here.  For driving directions, the Center for the Arts is located at 333 N. 16th Street, La Crosse, WI  54601

Questions:  If you have any questions about Arts Day, please contact Krista Shulka at or 608-785-6701.

Lunch:  Lunch will provided for each student registered.  Lunch will consist of salad, sandwiches, dessert and soda.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Krista Shulka at or 608-785-6701.

Parents/Teachers:  Parents are more than welcome to participant in Arts Day’s welcome, department overview and Music Department Showcase.  Due to limited space, the Theatre and Art workshops are for high school students only.  We urge parents to use this time on campus to make appointments with Financial Aid (608-785-8605; or Admissions (608-785-8939; or explore the La Crosse area (