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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 artanddesign@uww.edu.

Soiree

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 SAA@uww.edu 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 from 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.

Location

Center of the Arts
950 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

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