Vising Artist - Alex Gartelmann

October 20th at 2pm in CA1036

Alex Gartelmann graduated with his BFA from the University of the arts in Philadelphia and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is best known for his installation work and collaborations with artist Jonas Sebura. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Contemporary Practices and recently completed a residency at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan where he is currently working with placing the permanent collection. Gartelmann will talk about how his concepts become reality, what influences his practice, and his life as a professional artist.

The Body Electric

October 14th - November 12th
Opening Reception: October 13rd from 4-6pm
Gallery Talk: October 14th from 2-4pm

The poem “I Sing the Body Electric,” written by Walt Whitman and published in 1885, addresses a body and soul entwined. The body is electrified through its various interactions both explicit and implicit. These and other themes from Whitman’s poem can be extended to our contemporary culture where the ubiquity of digital technologies is evolving to extend our bodies. Artists from wide ranging fields of experience and creative practice regularly explore the relationships between the body and its multi-faceted involvement with digitized emergence.

The invitational exhibition explores some of the threads where art, technology, interactivity, music, performance, and movement cross over in singing the body electric and investigates some of the latest technological works emerging from the studios of artists using new media and time based technologies. It was organized with the cooperation of UWW faculty members A. Bill Miller, Jeff Herriot, Nick Hwang, and supported by the New Media Caucus.

Weekly Figure Drawing Sessions

Spring 2016

U.W. Whitewater Art Department hosts community Open Studio Figure Drawing sessions each Monday night 6:30-9:30 PM until May 9th. There will be no session held March 21st. These non-instructional sessions are open to anyone interested in figure drawing regardless of experience level. Beginners are welcome. The U.W. Whitewater Art Department schedules a rotation of both female and male models. Sessions are held in Room 2055 in the Greenhill Center of the Arts.

Cost is $7 per session paid when attending. No reservation is required.

Ignition Exhibition

Spring 2016

From February 17 through March 18, The Crossman Gallery will become an active studio with visiting artists coming in to work and make large format digital prints. We are providing an opportunity for about 20 visiting artists to come and work in a collaborative manner with us to produce a large format digital print. Some artists will be designing works specifically for this project, others will be bringing existing images to enlarge for the print.

In addition to the visual artists working in the gallery; a series of music performances will be taking place to compliment the artist’s work. On Friday, February 19, photographer Hal Rammel will be visiting the gallery along with photographer Carissa Heinrich. Both were included in our fall exhibit, In Light We Trust, and will be reproducing their existing photographic work. Hal is also a gifted musician who designs and creates one of a kind instruments which he will be demonstrating during his time in the gallery.

Invited artists include: Derrick Buisch, Steve Burnham, Eddee Daniel, Anwar Floyd-Pruitt, Adrienne Foster, Bill Miller, Susan Messer, Meg Mitchell, Paul Mitchell, Chee Wang Ng, Hal Rammel, Nathaniel Stern, Fred Stonehouse, Wyatt Tinder, Max White and Koala Yip. This exhibit has been organized by Arts Media Center Director Dale Kaminski.

All are invited to the gallery to interact with the guest artists and experience a working studio environment.

Welcome Interim Department Chair Michael Flanagan

Spring 2016

Newly appointed Interim Art and Design Department Michael Flanagan began his duties on January 4th. In addition to the duties as Chair,Flanagan will continue in his role as Director of the Crossman Gallery. He said, "I am honored that the Department is offering me the opportunity to serve as Interim Chair. The energy and creativity of the Department Faculty and Staff is a resource that will help us in our roles as artists and educators. I look forward to working with everyone this spring to help our students accomplish their goals."

Michael Flanagan completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at Northern Illinois University and has worked in both museum and academic environments. He has been employed at UW-Whitewater for 20 years and is also a Board Member of the Walker¹s Point Center for the Arts in Milwaukee where he chairs the Curatorial Committee. In his spare time he enjoys running, biking and traveling.

Fall 2015 Senior Show

Announced 12/10/2015

The Fall 2015 Senior Show will be taking place from December 14 through December 19 in the Crossman Gallery. Kelly Hammann, Kendra Burbach, Heather Zeutzius, Amanda Hensen, Michael Marozick, Corey Herrmann and Elisha Condon will be presenting their work in the gallery.

Installation begins on Monday, December 14, at 10 am and will be completed by 4:59 pm; Family and Friends night begins at 5 pm and continues until 7 pm.

Faculty members will be reviewing the show on Tuesday and Wednesday; the merit awards will be posted on Thursday. The show will continue to be displayed through Saturday so family members and friends who are visiting for commencement can see the work.

Special Thanks To Interim Department Chair Dennis Dale

Fall 2015

"It has been my honor to have again served the Department of Art and Design. I will always appreciate the kindness and respect shown to me by my colleagues and wish them and all of our students, well deserved success!"

Denis A. Dale, Interim Chair
Department of Art and Design

Print Farm Winter Sale

December 7th - 10th

A variety of fine art prints will be available for purchase from faculty and students, including greeting cards, and relief and screen prints on clothing and tote bags. These items are perfect for unique holiday gifts!

Come support your local artists and take home a piece of fine art. Payment methods include cash, check, debit, and credit.

Sale times are:

  • 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Dec. 7th
  • 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Dec. 8th - 10th

38th Annual UW-Whitewater Ceramics and Jewelry Sale

December 7th - 9th

High-quality, handmade, functional artwork created by faculty, students and alumni from the Department of Art and Design's Ceramics Guild and Alloy Metalsmithing organizations will be for sale next week in the Greenhill Center of the Arts atrium.

Times are:

  • 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7th
  • 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8th
  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9th

Embroidering Our History ­- Luna Ortiz

December 1st - 3rd

Luna Ortiz, a fiber artist from Oaxaca, Mexico, will be visiting campus from Tuesday, December 1st through Thursday the 3rd. She will speak to Professor Michael Flanagan's WOTA classes at 11:00am-12:15pm and 2:00pm-3:15pm on Tuesday in McGraw 101, and will be present for the Crossman Gallery's reception on Wednesday from 4:00-6:00pm. Luna Ortiz makes embroidered objects that reference emotions from various perspectives.

Below is the artist's statement on her work:

"These two intertwined series of work reflect emotions. In one of them, the principal element is the kiss. It is a gesture that implies physical and emotional contact. Also, physiologically, lips activate nerves that stimulate hormones that produce chemical reactions. Almost every human being has experienced this in his or her own life.

The series are presented as embroidered images. Emotions imply an act that simultaneously contains time, memory, and desire, interwoven like in the very act of embroidering.

The images reflect personal daily stories, kisses kept in baskets waiting to be delivered, blown through the air, kept jealously in boxes, waiting to be given to the right person or ready to be mailed by internet.

In the second part, we present bottles placed on shelves, waiting to be used. They contain the doses of an emotional state, each person takes the quantity they need, for their day-to-day, this leads us to the logic that each person decides for himself or herself how to feel, it is a personal choice."

John Boie Returns From Wheelchair Basketball Champions

Announced 11/19/2015

John Boie has returned from Fukuoka, Japan with the USA wheelchair basketball team where he competed in the Kitakyushu Champions Cup. While Team USA had it's successes, they were not able to bring home the gold. Great Britain fielded the most powerful and deepest teams and was able to secure that honor. John is looking hopefully for his next international opportunity with talks of a potential tryout for the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Wish him luck for an invitation!

John Boie Heads to Japan for Wheelchair Basketball Champions

Announced 11/3/2015

The USA Wheelchair Basketball Association is sending a Developmental Team of young, emerging elite athletes to Japan in November to compete in the 2015 Kitakyushu Champions Cup where they will take on Great Britain, Korea and host nation Japan. John Boie, UWW alumni and former 3-time college national champion, was 1 of 12 athletes chosen for this team back in May. John has had a rigorous training schedule for the competition since then and looks forward to the opportunity to play on the world stage in what will be his 3rd different international venue. This competition will highlight athletes who are looking to represent their country in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The schedule for the Champion Games is as follows:

  • Nov. 12th - Friendly game vs Kanto @ 10:55am
  • Nov. 13th - Opening Ceremonies @ 11am Game vs GB @ 1pm
  • Interactive Fan Event @ 3:15pm -Nov. 14th - Game vs Japan @ 11am
  • Autograph Session @ 1:15pm
  • Nov 15th - Game vs Korea @ 9am
  • Bronze Game @ Noon or Gold Game @ 2pm
  • Closing Ceremony Party @ 7pm-Nov 16th - Leave back to the States @ 11:30am

Click here to view a livestream of the games.

In The Realm of Innocents

Monday, October 19 – Saturday, November 14

This exhibition was organized by gallery director Michael Flanagan and Kimberly Storage, a recent graduate of UW-Whitewater who is currently the Assistant Director of the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee.

The exhibition features thirteen women artists whose work portrays a world of fantasy, fairytales or legends. Previewing at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts in Milwaukee in January of this year, the exhibit has been expanded and updated for the Crossman Gallery venue.

The narrative of the exhibition follows the way the selected artists depict imaginary scenarios; some improbable and fantastical, other literary and precise, and all with the dreamy quality evoking the kinds of scenes usually encountered in our deepest imaginations. Subjects vary from hybrid animals, figures from mythology, princesses and forest spirits. Manifestations of self-identity merge with representations gleaned from masterworks of distant eras.

Invited artists include: Linnea Bergstrom, Kristen Ferrell, Teri Frame, Kassandra Grob, Jean Roberts-Guequierre, Andrea Guzzetta, Laurie Hogin (courtesy of Tory Folliard Gallery). Kamie Hoover, Gina Litherland, Sam Mitchell, Claire Stigliani (courtesy of Dean Jensen Gallery). Caitlyn Skelcey and Donna Mason Sweigart.

Chancellor Beverly Kopper, Interim Dean Robert Mertens, the College of Arts and Communication, the Department of Art & Design the UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc. and SUFAC have provided support for this exhibit.

The Annette and Dale Schuh Visiting Artist Endowment

Announced 9/16/2015

As a Department we’ve spoken quite a bit as of late regarding the experiences we provide our students—and the ways in which our actions touch their careers, and their lives. Little do we realize just how much.

“My professors and these special guests left their prints, which remain to this day, on my life and work.”

These are the words of Annette Schuh, class of ’71. The special guests she references are Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, and William T. Wiley, among others, who visited our campus as part of a visiting artist program while Annette was a student. With the intent to continue this legacy and a $1 million gift, The Annette and Dale Schuh Visiting Artist Endowment has been established and will support an annual visit by a visual artist of significant stature to campus. Approximately $40,000 will be available for use in the 2016–17 academic year and will continue each year thereafter.

Annette and Dale Schuh, both first-generation college students, “recall (their) college days and marvel at the impact which people and events of those years had on (their) lives and subsequent outlook on life and (their) well-being.” We are optimistic that their words will not only inspire us, but remind us of the impact we leave on the lives of our students, both in and out of the classroom.

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

April 6th-18th | Crossman Gallery

Approximately $2000 in prizes and gift certificates will be awarded including prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, as well as honorable mentions. The Professional Practices class will have special awards based on their fundraising event - Soiree in the CA.

You may pick up your application form in the gallery; there is no admission fee. Any media may be submitted for this exhibition including, but not limited to: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, metals, books, graphic design, electronic imagery and photography. All works must be prepared for installation. Two dimensional works must be ready to hang. Display cases are available for small or valuable objects. Each artist may submit up to three entries. There is no notification of accepted entries prior to the opening reception for the show.

"Safety in the Studio" with Monona Rossol

March 12th | 12:45pm | CA 1036

Join us for a discussion on health and safety laws and regulations, how they've changed over the years, and what you need to know to enter the professional world as an artist or educator. This event is free and open to the public.

Monona Rossol, M.S, M.F.A, is a chemist artist, and industrial hygienist. Author of seven books including The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide and Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia is Making Lab Rats of Us All, Monona is currently President/Founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. She is also the Health and Safety Director for Local 829 of the United Scenic Artists, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). She has lectured and consulted in the US, Canada, Australia, England, Mexico and Portugal.

Department Scholarship Review

February 26th, February 27th | Crossman Gallery

Scholarship Review will take place Thursday, February 26th and Friday February 27th in the Crossman Gallery . Students will set up their work on tables in the gallery and lean larger works against the wall on Thursday morning from 10 am – noon. Reviews will be held Thursday afternoon from noon – 5 pm and Friday from 10am – 3pm. Work will be picked up between 3 pm – 5 pm Friday afternoon.

Everett's Mugs

February 13th | 12 - 6 pm | CA Atrium

Everett's Mugs is a non-profit organization begun by UWW Department of Art and Design alumni, Jimmy Eddings and Kendra Bulgrin. Jimmy and Kendra raise awareness of congenital heart defects, autism, and chromosome disorders through the use of handmade mugs decorated by children. Ceramics students will be working with attendees from 12-6pm in order to create mugs that will decorated by children in the community and then be taken to the Ronald MacDonald House. There will be live music, food, and art-making activities.

Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition

January 22nd - February 21st
Reception: January 22nd | 5 - 7 pm | Crossman Gallery

This exhibition features work by all faculty members in the Department of Art and Design. The exhibit provides an opportunity for students and members of the university community to experience the latest examples of work created by both current and emeriti members of the faculty and staff in the department.

The Work of Art: Lecture by Janet Koplos

December 4th | 7 pm | CA 30

Please join the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Department of Art and Design in welcoming guest author and critic Janet Koplos to campus at 7pm on Thursday, December 4th in the Greenhill Center of the Arts Room 30, for her presentation "The WORK of Art", an illustrated lecture on the meaningfulness of the labor involved in creating art and its relevance in contemporary culture. Her lecture will include examples from all art disciplines, but will emphasize the place of contemporary craft: its role, meaning and value in culture.

Art critic and lecturer Janet Koplos was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Critics' Fellowship in 1978, has served as a guest editor of American Craft magazine, and between 1990 - 2008 was a senior editor at Art in America magazine, where she is now a contributing editor. In addition to her extensive experience writing for national and international publications, Koplos has authored or coauthored ten books, including The Art of Toshiko Takaezu: In the Language of Silence (2011), Makers: A History of American Studio Craft (2010), Venice: Three Visions in Glass (2009), Betty Woodman (2006), Gyongy Laky (2003), and Contemporary Japanese Sculpture (1991), among others. Her broad expertise encompasses architecture, design, American craft and folk art, contemporary Japanese art, Japanese folk art, and contemporary Dutch art. Koplos has lectured widely on contemporary art issues and since 2003 held teaching and critic in residence positions at Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, University of the Arts, Parsons School of Design, University of Hawaii, and Colorado State University. She is currently in the research phase of a book focused on American functional pottery.

For additional information, please contact the UWW Department of Art and Design at 262-472-1324 or email


November 21 | 5 - 7 pm | Crossman Gallery

Attend the Soiree for a chance to take home a piece of art or design. There will be a silent auction for many of the works or, if luck is more your style, you could buy a ticket to win a work of art in the drawing.

Stop in and support students in the Department of Art and Design, peruse the works of art by students, staff and the community, bid on art or simply come in to socialize and enjoy the complimentary refreshments and potluck. With great food, great work and an inviting environment for all, there will be plenty of reason to attend.

Works of art will be available through a Silent Auction and Drawing. Ticket prices for the drawing are $2 a ticket or 10 for $10. All proceeds go to support student awards in the Spring 2015 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit at UW-Whitewater.

Located in Crossman Gallery in the Greenhill Center of the Arts at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, 950 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI, 53190. For more information contact or visit our Facebook site Soiree in the CA.

Print Farm End-O-Semester Sale

November 18th - November 20th | Center of the Arts

The UW-W Printmakers Association (a.k.a. "Print Farm") is hosting a print sale in the atrium of the Greenhill Center of the Arts located at 950 W. Main St, Whitewater, WI 53190. The sale will be held November 18th, 19th & 20th, (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), from 10 am to 8 pm.
Fine Art prints will be available for purchase from faculty and students on a number of surfaces, including hand-pulled etchings, screenprints and relief prints on paper, as well as relief or screenprints on clothing, pillows and tote bags. Unique greeting cards will be featured. These items are perfect for holiday gifts! Come support your local artists and take home a piece of fine art. Payment methods include cash, debit or credit, and purple points.

Iron Pour

November 8th | CA 1036

The sculpture area is hosting a regional iron pour on Saturday, November 8th. Guests may arrive around 9am to prepare for the pour. Students/faculty, as well as the public, are invited to come and watch the pour which will start around 11am/noon and run until about 2 or 3pm.

2014 Hob Nob

October 29th | CA 30

For Hob Nob this year we are doing a "pie a professor in the face" fundraiser for Pinpoint Magazine. AIGA is bringing back Pinpoint this year and needs to raise money to print the magazines. Pinpoint Magazine is a great resource for art majors to publish their work and to add to their resume. AIGA and other student organizations thought a great way to raise money would be to pie our professors that we love so dearly! Students are looking at this as a fun and friendly way to raise money. Other departments on campus have had these fundraisers, and have had successful turnouts.

Time is a Saw: Contemporary Chinese Artists

October 13th – November 19th | Crossman Gallery
Reception: October 13th | 5 - 7 pm | Artists Xiaohong Zhang and Kee-Ho Yuen will be present.

By Shaoqian Zhang, Assistant Professor of Art History, Oklahoma State University

It is a difficult task to convey, within a few paragraphs, the logic and complexity of the artistic expressions and experimentation in contemporary Chinese art. This exhibition displays some of the wide array of artworks, produced by Chinese artists in both the homeland and the diaspora, in various media and genres. Contemporary Chinese art has been shaped by many forces and elements, but most frequently - and strikingly - addresses the most recent fifty years of Chinese history. Many events, during that period, have shaped the course of Chinese artistic development, from the Great Cultural Revolution (1966-76), which restricted artistic and cultural production, to the economic reforms beginning in 1979, which released Chinese artists to engage with Western ideas. Many contemporary Chinese artists, therefore, tend to consider the role which art has played in representing cultural identities, history, memory, trauma and politics. Zhao Zhao, for example, incorporates numerous political elements into his artwork, which express resistance against political control from the Chinese government. Yu Ji, on the other hand, uses art as a tool to represent memory and nostalgia amid the energy and upheaval of urban changes in modern China.

Another prominent characteristic of contemporary Chinese art is its “contemporariness.” We see the enthusiastic embrace of new technologies, experimentation with new media, and novel ways of rendering conventional media. Some Chinese artists excel in the field of new media and video art, while others explore the fluidity of traditional media and take it to new horizons. Xiaohong Zhang, for example, has devoted many years to digital printing and paper-cutting art; Xiaomiao Wang’s specialty is porcelain art: Both of these artists have created very unexpected forms with these time-honored media and motifs. Hongtao Zhou has created a sculpture of a bull’s head with an everyday yet unnoticeable object, leather belts, to encourage the viewer to reconsider humanity’s relationship with animals, trees and Mother Earth. For these Chinese artists, the medium itself, with its history, functionality and production venue, becomes something that can communicate with the viewer both visually and symbolically.

The third important characteristic of contemporary Chinese art has been a re-adoption and re-appreciation of traditional Chinese art. During the Great Cultural Revolution, Communist leaders attempted to destroy the “four old,” and wipe out all traces of China’s ancient culture. But many Chinese artists of the new generation are interested in questions, such as how classical art informs the contemporary world. Zhen Wei’s ink painting, for example, inherits the spirit of traditional Chinese literati ink painting, which is inspired by the philosophy of Daoism and Zen Buddhism. Similarly, Jiaduo Li is practicing landscape painting, the most dominant art form in East Asia for over one thousand years. Nowadays, we can find a very lively calligraphy and ink painting scene in China.

Once we enter this fast-changing field of contemporary Chinese art, we will observe many trajectories, experiments and genres. It is not surprising that contemporary Chinese art is gaining more and more success in terms of market value and academic attention. It will continue to integrate with the global art world, while at same time, offering the Western viewer a more refreshing experience of something uniquely “Chinese.”

Visiting Artist - Arthur Hash

October 16th | Center of the Arts

Public lecture in CA 2059, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Brunch & conversation with the artist in CA 2054, 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Workshop with advanced metals in CA 2054, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Re:Visit - UW-W Metals Alumni

October 15th - November 7th | Roberta's Art Gallery
Reception: October 15th | Roberta's Art Gallery

The Metals department will host their first alumni exhibition, Re:visit, at the Roberta’s Gallery in the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater University Center, October 15th – Nov. 7th 2014. This show will feature the work of approximately 12 alumni of the UWW Metals program to celebrate their exceptional work as students and as alumni. This exhibition will be alongside an exhibition that features the collaborative work of the current UWW Metals students and the students from Indiana University. The closing reception will be held Nov. 6th, 1-3pm in the Roberta's Gallery.

Air and Water: The Photographs of Francisco Soto

September 22nd - October 10th | Roberta's Art Gallery
Reception: September 25th | 4 - 6 pm | Roberta's Art Gallery

Photographer Francisco Soto posed his subjects in two locales for the series of photographs that will be exhibited. In the first part of the series, the photographer captures images of individuals performing acrobatic feats along a hillside high above the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, near the amphitheater that is used for the annual Guelaguetza music festival. The graceful figures seem frozen in midair with the city of Oaxaca seen below and in the distance. In the second part of the series, the individuals are suspended in water. Francisco Soto took hundreds of photographs to get the scene right and carefully selected images to share with us in this important exhibit. The artist will join us at the opening reception for the exhibit along with a delegation of visitors from Oaxaca who have worked with the members of the UW-Whitewater Department of Art and Design in an ongoing series of workshops that have taken place there.

POP! Andy Warhol and Keith Haring

September 4th - October 4th | Crossman Gallery
Reception: September 4th | 5 - 7 pm

Prints and photographs by Andy Warhol donated by the Andy Warhol Foundation will be joined by Keith Haring's Apocalypse series generously provided through a special loan from The Quad/Collection, Quad/Graphics Inc., Sussex, Wisconsin. Chancellor Richard Telfer, Provost Beverly Kopper, Dean Mark McPhail, the College of Arts and Communication, the Department of Art & Design, the UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc., and SUFAC have provided support for this exhibit.


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