Department of Art + Design
Department of Art + Design
NEWS + EVENTS
The Crossman Gallery will be the site of the 44th Annual Ceramics Exhibit: Contemporary Artists Mixing Old and New Technologies. The show opens with a reception on Thursday, February 27th and continues through March 21st. The exhibit has been curated by Ceramics Professor jared Janovec with the goal of investigating new technology as it manifests itself in the world of ceramics. The exhibit includes artists who use 3D printing to form their pieces, video, computer controlled router production and printed and applied decals. Professor Janovec was successful in contacting artists from across the country for the exhibit and we received on shipment from China and another from Australia for the show. Artists who will have work on display are: Ivan Albreht, Tiffany Bailey, Peter Biddulph, Nicholas Bivins, Chad Curtis, Bryan Czibesz, Teri Frame, Nick Geankoplis, Holly Hanessian, Anna Calluori Holcombe, Jeremy Jernegan, Thomas Schmidt, and Malcolm Mobutu Smith.
In addition to the exhibit, the ceramic medium will be celebrated during the annual convention of the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts being held in Milwaukee from March 19 - 22. Galleries and museums in Milwaukee will feature exhibits of ceramic work and professor Janovec has been included in Interchange, an exhibit at the UW-M studios.
Next up at the Crossman Gallery is the Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Work is due to be delivered in the gallery on Monday and Tuesday, March 31 and April 1. The juror for this year's competition is Sara Krajewski, Director of INOVA at UW-Milwaukee. The exhibit opens with a reception on Monday, April 7.
The week of April 7th also marks a major event in the Department of Art + Design. We will be hosting the site visit by the representatives from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Members of the department have been preparing documents and submitting examples of student work for this critical event. The site visits are one step in the process of renewing the national accreditation of the Department of Art + Design.
Faculty, Staff and students recently took part in the College Art Association meeting in Chicago on February 12-15. On hand for the conference were Associate Dean Robert Mertens, Department Chair Susan Messer, faculty members Bill Miller, Adrienne Foster, Deborah Wilk and Gallery Director Michael Flanagan who was accompanied by three independent studies students: Lindsey Mushall, Kimberly Storage, and Lindsey Thompson. The gallery staff, along with Associate Dean Mertens, was able to take part in a special open house at the home and studio of Chicago Imagist Roger Brown. Following his death, Brown's home and studio were bequeathed to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which has maintained it as a research site, and it remains much as it was during his lifetime.
Professor Xiaohong Zhang has work included in a new exhibit at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. Across the Divide features the work of eighteen Chinese artists who are currently teaching in universities in the United States. Professor Zhang presented a lecture about her work on February 20th.
Gallery Director Michael Flanagan and Printmaking Professor Max White traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico in January to conduct workshops at Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, UABJO. The workshop conducted by Professor White introduced students to the technique of solar etching using materials she brought with her for that purpose. Michael Flanagan taught a group of students introductory procedures for gallery and museum management and organized an exhibit of prints from the collection of the university along with additional prints from a private collection. Professor White also mounted an exhibit of her own work at the Art and Culture Gallery at the University. Both exhibits opened with a festive reception attended by artists, university staff members and members of the community.