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Dwelling: The Art of Dara Larson

Dwelling: The Art of Dara Larson

August 25 - September 12, 2014

Closing reception: Friday, September 12 – 5-8PM / Artist lecture @ 7PM

The UWM Union Art Gallery is delighted to present Dwelling: The Art of Dara Larson, a collection of works exploring the relationship between urban and natural environments. In this exhibition, Larson – an alumnus and current art faculty at Alverno College - focuses on the architectural structures that create dwellings and emphasizes the psychological conditions of the people that occupy them. Through intricate and sometimes haunting motifs, Larson examines the connection between natural spaces and their urban counterparts while creating commentary around the many functions of dwellings. Featuring a range of print and drawing based media, Larson’s work displays a stunning attention to detail and an emotional observation of the spaces around us.


FREE and open to the public.

This exhibition is sponsered by the Union Art Gallery

Bound and Beyond: Structure in Book Art

September 19 – October 10, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, September 19 – 5-8PM / Exhibition Talk @ 7PM

Artist Panel: Friday, October 3 @7PM in the Fireside Lounge

Ranging from works that fit in the palm of your hand to pieces you walk through as you read each word, explore the innovative, structural ways in which artists conceive the book as art.  Featuring art from Special Collections at the UWM Libraries, this show presents a breadth of book art focusing on structure and design.  Artists include UW – Stevens Point art faculty Keven Brunett and Kristin Thielking and Daniel E. Kelm, founder of The Wide Awake Garage studio.  Kelm will be visiting the UWM campus the week October 20th as a part of the Ettinger Book Artist Series hosted by the Special Collection.  He will offer a public lecture about his innovative structures in Special Collections on the 4th floor of the Golda Meir Library on October 21st at 7pm.  The Bound and Beyond: Structure in Book Art exhibition talk will be presented by Max Yela, head of the Special Collections and adjunct instructor of book arts in the UWM Department of Art and Design.  Join us in celebrating the art of book making like you’ve never seen before!


FREE and open to the public.

Sponsered by the Union Art Gallery and made possible by UWM Library's Special Collections.

Bound and Beyond: Structure in Book Art
Crossing Over 2014

Crossing Over 2014

UWM Peck School of the Arts Department of Visual Art 2014 Scholarship/Fellowship Invitational Exhibition

October 16 – November 7, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 16 5-8PM

Crossing Over showcases work created by the undergraduate students of the UWM Peck School of the Arts Department of Visual Art who received scholarship and fellowship awards in 2014. The exceptional artwork produced by these emerging artists covers a wide variety of mediums and topics.


FREE and open to the public.

Cosponsored by: Peck School of the Arts Department of Visual Art and Union Art Gallery

Artist Credit: Claire Strominger

Visualizing Sovereignty

November 14 – December 12, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, November 14– 5-8PM /Artist Talks @ 6PM
also featuring refreshments, prayer, and celebratory dances
(more info on Special Events Page)

Artist Panel: Thursday, November 20 @ 7PM
lead by Bernard Perley and other exhibiting artists
(more info on Special Events Page)

Visualizing Sovereignty is an exhibit of contemporary visual representations by American Indians.  The range of representations include paintings, prints, architectural drawings, photographs, installations, texts, as well as creative combinations of visual representations.  Together, the works reflect a variety of strategies to repatriate American Indian sovereignty over gender, language, stories, landscape, politics, economics, and spirituality. 

This exhibition draws from various regions of native North America as far reaching as from Canada’s East coast to Alaska, from the Great Lakes to California, and from Wisconsin to Oklahoma. The contributing participants include American Indian artists, poets, architects, linguists, and anthropologists.  The exhibit may be approached as a collection of individual artists and works but, more critically, Visualizing Sovereignty brings the collected works together to transcend professional boundaries while highlighting the transmedial and transformative impact of contemporary American Indian visual representation. 

The exhibit is a celebration of American Indian visual sovereignty as expressed by Tuscarora scholar Jolene Rickard-- “Today, sovereignty is taking shape in visual thought as indigenous artists negotiate cultural space.” (Rickard 1995:51)  The UWM Union Art Gallery invites visitors to enter and experience American Indian visual sovereignty through the transformative power of visual representation in thinking about the sovereign domains of everyday life in native North America.

Exhibiting Artists Include: Kimberly Blaeser, Chris Cornelius, Bunky Echo-Hawk, Phyllis Fast, Truman Lowe, Norval Morriseau, Daphne Odijig, Bernard Perley, Jolene Rickard, Dave Shananaquet, Wayne Yerxa, and Cecil Youngfox.


FREE and open to the public.

Cosponsored by: Union Art Gallery, Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education, American Indian Student Services, American Indian Studies Program, American Indian Student Associations, Department of English, Department of Anthropology and Sociocultural Programming.

Visualizing Sovereignty
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