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Kiki Smith

Sometimes in life, something BIG happens that makes an indelible impression on your life. Well, something big is happening this March, and you have an opportunity to be part of it.

Internationally recognized artist Kiki Smith is coming to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater March 6-10 as the first resident artist sponsored by the Annette and Dale Schuh Visiting Artist Endowment. She will be presenting a lecture about printmaking on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 7 pm in Young Auditorium and YOU NEED TO BE THERE! This has the potential to be something you reflect on and say — “Wow, I was so lucky to have had a brush with greatness!”

You may not know a lot about Kiki Smith, so do yourself a favor — click on this.  Learn about her in advance, come to the lecture, ask an insightful question at the end of her talk and observe the interaction in the Crossman Gallery all week as she works alongside students to create three new prints. Dan Welden,  the inventor of the solar print and master printer, will assist Smith in creating solar prints. Also working alongside Kiki and Dan will be Professor of printmaking, Max White and several UW-Whitewater students who will also be creating solar prints. This residency will be the first in an ongoing series of iconic art experiences made possible by the Schuh Endowment.

Here is what alumna Annette Schuh said about similar experiences in her college career: “As a 1971 graduate of UW-Whitewater I am very appreciative of my experiences as an art major. One thing that stands out in my memory is the program of visiting artists that existed at that time. Among others, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, and William T. Wiley visited campus. My professors and these special guests left their imprint, which remains to this day, on my life and work. With the establishment of the Annette and Dale Schuh Visiting Artist Endowment, it is our intent to continue that legacy.

We believe that the Arts are an essential part of a quality life. A civilization is represented and known by its art. Our desire is to inspire, enlighten, broaden and encourage students in the visual arts. We are humbled and grateful we are able to make a contribution of this kind and look forward to seeing the impact it generates.”


Allison lee and sons jewelry smUW-Whitewater is thrilled to announce that visiting artists Allison Snowhawk Lee and son Trent Lee will be sharing their talents as silversmiths with UW-Whitewater students and the public on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. This program is funded by Alloy, UW-Whitewater Visiting Artists Fund, College of Arts and Communication, UW- Whitewater Native American Cultural Awareness Association, and Katy’s American Indian Arts.

There will be a free public illustrated lecture by Allison Snowhawk Lee and Trent Lee in the Greenhill Center of the Arts Room 3 starting at noon. This will be followed by a workshop for Advanced Metals Students from 2:00-5:00 pm on February 8th and from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on February 9th (the Public is welcome to observe) An informal lunch and conversation will also take place from noon-1:30 pm on February 9th. Continue Reading »

glennhayes-mbDr. Glenn Hayes isn’t one to toot his own horn, but we will do it for him! On Saturday the 32nd Annual WSMA State Marching Band Championships take place at Perkins Stadium on the UW-Whitewater Campus. During the day’s competition and festivities Dr. Glenn Hayes will be officially inducted into the WSMA Marching Band Hall of Fame. This honor recognizes his contribution to marching band activities in Wisconsin. Glenn not only directs the UW-Whitewater Warhawk Marching Band but has hosted and helped organize the WSMA State Marching Band Competition for decades.

“His dedication and contributions help make this event possible. In addition, Hayes’ love of music, as well as his love of marching, inspires his music students (future music educators) to pass that same passion onto their students throughout the state of Wisconsin.” (Tim Shaid, WSMA executive director)

We applaud Dr. Hayes for this well-deserved honor, thank you for your enthusiasm and dedication to keeping the music alive!

abillmiller_2013_smallBill Miller’s work exhibited in Paris and New York!

What a thrill it is to find out that your professor is on the cutting edge of animation and motion capture technology. Not only that but is exhibiting an animated video and presenting the accompanying  paper in Paris, France at the Computer Art Congress 5, October 16-28. Miller’s video “phantoms 2″ and the paper titled “Movement Systems from Motion Capture Data”. The Computer Art Congress is an international gathering around art, science, technology, and design. In fourteen years, a community of artists, curators, researchers, scholars, scientists, designers, students, and professionals has contributed to the domain with artworks, papers, round-tables, workshops and exhibitions, exploring questions such as “emerging forms of computer art”, “post-digital art”, and “computer art for all”. 

Following is a link with more information:  

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‘Ways of Something’ curated by Lorna Mills is part of the DREAMLANDS: IMMERSIVE CINEMA AND ART 1905-2016 exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City- October 28, 2016 – February 5, 2017, it is a contemporary remake of John Berger’s BBC documentary, “Ways of Seeing” (1972). Compiled by Lorna Mills, the project consists of one-minute videos by web-based artists who commonly work with 3D rendering, gifs, film remix, webcam performances, and websites to describe the cacophonous conditions of artmaking after the internet. A. Bill Miller is one of the artists included in Episode 4 of ‘Ways of Something’. 

Following is a link with more information: http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/Dreamlands

Congratulations Bill Miller – you make us proud!


kyle-patnaudeThe University of Wisconsin- Whitewater’s Department of Art and Design welcomes Kyle Patnaude, sculptor, and metalsmith to campus October 5 – 7, 2016 offering workshops, student critiques to UW-Whitewater metals and jewelry students and a public lecture. Grandchildren’s University and Alloy funded this visiting artist. Patnaude will give a free public lecture on Thursday, October 6, 2016, in the University Center room 275A.


Kyle Patnaude completed his BFA degree in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in 2006. In 2013 he received an MFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Patnaude is a sculptor based in the rich tradition of metalsmithing, combining contemporary sculptural forms with the skill and elegance of precious metalworking. His work explores the political and humanistic qualities of an ever-present “queerness” through coded objects of the mundane.


Artist Statement: Qualities of “queerness,” or what one might call “identity,” is a winding course. In my work, an attempt to look for an inward “queerness” has found the lens to project outward. There is a fine line between me and we, so little in fact that the personal will undoubtedly volte-face back to the world. This contradiction in “identity,” as presented through art and life, shapes the complex and elegant forms of my work. Objects in the external world of public restrooms, city streets and parks, provide for the subtext of distinct themes in their “queerness.”
Yet for all the qualities of an object maker — my obsession with material and a skilled hand– the manner in which I create requires more than that hand. I must engage in collecting and interpreting the intimacies of anthropological, sociological, cultural and personal queer histories. The task at hand is then to uncloak the non-communicability of meaning behind these things into understandable and potent imagery.


Kyle Patnaude’s schedule is as follows:


Wednesday, October 5 Student Critiques with the artist in the Greenhill Center of the Arts room 2054 -1:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Thursday, October 6 Advanced Student Workshops in the Greenhill Center of the Arts room 2054 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Die forming, cold forging and other advanced techniques)

Thursday, October 6– Public Lecture in the University Center room 275A – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, October 7 Advanced Student Workshops in the Greenhill Center of the Arts room 2054 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Die forming, cold forging and other advanced techniques)


The public lecture on Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 pm in the University Center room 2054 is free and open to the public.


Last week the world received a shock when it was reported that Prince had died. So much talent had left this earth all too soon. Word got around that Barbara Grubel, dance professor and interim associate dean of the CAC and Jay Craggs, student services program manager had worked with Prince before working at UW-Whitewater. Here are the stories:

Barb Grubel, danced At Prince’s nightclub Avenue One in an opening act prior to his show. Here’s the story. She was dancing with a Minneapolis-based dance company when they received word that there was a call for dancers to be in a big show. She auditioned, was cast and danced on stage prior to a Prince show. The choreographer was Donald Byrd, a very notable choreographer. She wore a black sexy outfit with her hair in a high ponytail all frizzed out and danced around on stage as an opening act for a Prince performance! She saw Prince from a distance surrounded by bodyguards and his entourage. This certainly was a brush with greatness! As she said, “We were just fluff on the real dessert!”

Jay Craggs, in the 90’s was involved with an audio electronics start-up called Uptown Technology. The team was creating really innovative new pro audio products for the music industry.  At the time, Jay was a full-time guitarist making a living doing sessions and performing, his role with Uptown was to come up with ideas and to prototype new pro audio devices, and then work with artists and help them understand how cool these new devices were.  The company started out with a prototype opto-switcher that ended up with Sammy Lanas of the BoDeans, Jay etched the first circuit board for that product in his kitchen.  They also did custom tech work for guitarist Adrian Belew, who was at that time playing on the David Bowie  “Sound + Vision” tour.  Other artists started hearing about Uptown Technology and they ended up working with many national acts.  Prince was one of those, along with Living Colour, the Bowie Tour,  Rush, Lou Reed, Paul Pesco, the Tom-Tom club, there were a ton of them! That was incredibly fun and exciting time for Jay Craggs.

Jay worked with Prince showing different approaches to switching, routing, layering, MIDI control, and running parallel audio in guitar systems.  At the time, Prince did some of that, and he had a lot of series stomp boxes in his rig as well.

Jay, unfortunately, did not play with any of Princes’ bands but did play alongside him in the studio working on guitar tones, routing, and switching. When asked what Prince was like when he wasn’t on stage, Jay states, “He was a more private person off stage, compared to his show persona. I think that he was about a foot shorter than I am physically, but he had a larger personal presence that was much more powerful.”

When asked to share a favorite story about this incredible artist Jay shared this: A friend, Gary Brandt, is an outstanding recording engineer who recorded all of the tracks for Prince’s first major album “Prince.”   At the time, Prince was still an unknown artist and Prince’s management had scheduled enough time with Gary to record, but no time for mixing and finishing the project.  Gary did top notch work recording the songs, and the management then requested that Gary also mix the record.  Gary was in demand and already had a very busy schedule and declined to take on the project, which eventually became an important record for Prince and a great mix project to be involved with.   When your schedule is full you have to choose which projects to accept and which to pass on – but it illustrates the fact that you never know what the next “big thing” is going to be!

Prince was really a Big Thing and his influence in the music industry will live on for a long time. It is fun to know that the faculty and staff at UW-Whitewater are just a few degrees of separation from amazing artists.

CoAnna Tracy.ngratulations to Anna Tracy, Jocelyn Kopac, and Stephen Olson on Winning the Warhawk Business Plan Competition
Anna Tracy won first place and $2500 in the April 6th Warhawk Business Plan Competition for her company Emajin Shoes. Click here for a video of her business pitch. Candid Brilliance Music, founded by Jocelyn Kopac and pitched by Maria Hilgers, was awarded 2nd place and $1500. Stephen “Luke” Olson placed third and won $750 for Illumicase. The Warhawk Business Plan Competition is organized and hosted by UW-Whitewater’s chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Click here for photos from the competition.

The Creative Enterprise Symposium 16 coming up this Monday, April 11 will feature in the 2:00 – 3:15 Candid Interviews in UC Room 68 the following creative people: Michael Cesario (hosting the interview) Heidi Lofy (interviewee #1) and Matt Schliesman (interviewee #2).

Now for a little about each of them.


Michael Cesario currently serves as Artistic Director of Drum Corps International.

He is known for his work on Broadway, Television and Repertory stages across the country, including Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, Houston’s Alley Theater, Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Stratford’s American Shakespeare Theatre, New York’s Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center.

He has been a member of the Costume Society of America, the Costume Society of England, United States Institute for Theatre Technology and United Scenic Artists Local 829, where he headed the Examination process, establishing the evaluative leading to certification by this national professional design body.

Respected as an educator, Cesario was honored as Professor Emeritus by New York’s Purchase College where he headed the Graduate Programs in Design and served as Director of Design/Technology for the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film. He has been a lecturer and teacher at the Julliard School (NYC), School of Visual Arts (NYC), Bennington College (VT), Dartmouth College (NH) and the University of Illinois.

His work has been featured in numerous gallery shows and is prominent in two texts for the training of designers, “The Magic Garment” by Rebecca Cunningham and “Costumer’s Handbook” by Ingham and Covey.

Recognized as a national leader in Pageantry Arts, Cesario is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for high school bands nationwide. He has also worked as a consultant for the World-Champion Cadets, Phantom Regiment and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and he was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 1996. He is responsible for creating the trademark uniforms of America’s finest bands, drum corps, and color guards through FJM Inc., and he also produced the original DCI Tour of Champions. Michael is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Theatre major, Speech minor class of 1971.


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Heidi Lofy is the vice president of sales and marketing for the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. She has responsibility for sponsorship, ticketing, group & corporate sales, marketing, public relations, facility rentals and Marcus Center programming. She has bee with the Marcus Center for 12 years. Prior to joining the Marcus Center in 2002, Heidi worked in the technology and banking fields for 18 years. She worked for 16 years at M&I Data Services (which became Metavante/FIS) in software development, sales, PR, advertising, and brand management.

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts offers the best of cultural and community programming. We are home to the finest performing artists in Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Company, Florentine Opera Company, First Stage and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra plus the host of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration.

Heidi is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater BBA, Management Computer Systems 1981-1985.

Matt Schliesman sq imageMatthew Schliesman – http://entertainingarts.net/projects/ 

Matthew Schliesman is a Nonprofit Arts Executive,  an Arts, Entertainment and Business Consultant, a writer, producer, director, teacher and Theme Park Entertainment Executive.

  • Creative work on multiple fronts continues while I have the pleasure of running a charming and historic performing arts center in the warm and memorable community of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
  • Long based in Los Angeles, at the end of 2010, my work brought me back to the state-of-mind-and-being where my roots begin.
  • Looking back, I’m pleased with the depth and breadth of my experience.  Looking ahead, the best is yet to come.
  • Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre/Directing, Lindenwood College, St. Charles, MO.  1987.   As a graduate assistant, coordinated theater management activities and taught arts administration courses.  Concurrent voice studies with the St. Louis Conservatory of Music.  Published research
  • Bachelor of Arts with double major in Theatre (Acting/Directing emphasis) and Communications (Radio/TV emphasis), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  1978.
  • Awarded THE BIG-E Award by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) for the leadership of and service to the association as chair of Entertainment-related professional outreach for their international conferences, 1997-2000.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Service Award from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.  1999.

In addition to the interviews, there will be roundtable discussions facilitated by Michael Cesario, Matthew Schliesman, Heidi Lofy, Janet Rortvedt, James Caldwell, and Amy Arntson. Please join us for a portion of the day. Find the schedule at: www.uww.edu/cac/creative-enterprise-symposium


In the next few weeks, this blog will introduce you to the creative minds of our Creative Enterprise Symposium on Monday, April 11th. We are taking a look Inside the Creative Mind and will interview four different creative people to find out the path they took on their creative journey.

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UW-Whitewater Creative Enterprise Symposium

Profile: Matthew A. Johnson – Johnson Media Consulting LLC, Milwaukee

Milwaukee native, Matthew A. Johnson graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Northern Michigan University and is the youngest of eight children. All eight children graduated from high school, college and hold several advanced degrees. Matthew first gained national entrepreneurship attention in Milwaukee as the founder of a nonprofit organization called The Strive Media Institute, an after-school program that helped to train central city minorities and at-risk teens in broadcast media and journalism.

Over a span of 18 years, between 1990 and 2008 the institute garnered a national reputation for providing a diverse population of young people access to employable skills in media that helped to teach teens to become better thinkers, writers, and producers. As many as 500 students went through a rigorous yearlong four-year training program offered by Strive. Many of the students that came through the doors of Strive went on to become successful media industry professionals with networks such as ABC, Black Entertainment Television, CNN and NBC. Johnson helped finance those early ventures with savings he built up from years of working as a cigarette sales executive for Philip Morris, a company he quit in the late 1980s because he didn’t believe in the job anymore.

Several year later after lack of support for the institute and it’s eventual closing, Matthew remained committed to helping people in the Milwaukee area and became focused on a mission designed to promote better health care among a population of African-Americans, Latinos and people of color that he believes need the support to help address disparities in health care, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, infant nutrition, breast cancer, mental illness, nutrition and cardiopulmonary disease.

In 2009 Matthew became the publisher of “Girlfriends Health Guide,” and “Fellas a Men’s Guide to Healthy Living,” dual quarterly advertising-supported magazines focused on the latest in healthy living that he publishes through his firm, Johnson Media Consulting LLC, Milwaukee. Through these latest efforts, he also established a  foundation dedicated in memory of his late mother and father: The Rayfield & Ida M. Johnson Foundation. The foundation is designed to support health care needs of minorities in Milwaukee by disseminating valuable information to targeted male and female audiences — minority populations in Milwaukee.

These publications serve as communication tools while engaging and inspiring men and women to come together for the improvement of our entire community. Matthew states that: “I’m just trying to make a difference. Wherever I go and whatever I do, I want to make a difference.”


In the next few weeks this blog will introduce you to the creative minds of our Creative Enterprise Symposium on Monday April 11th. We are taking a look Inside the Creative Mind and will interview four different creative people to find out the path they took on their creative journey.

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Amy Arntson – Artist – UW-Whitewater Emerita Art Professor

Amy received her BFA from Michigan State University her MFA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and her career path includes graphic designer, author, art and design professor and as a constant thread through it all . . .  Artist. She is a member the College of Arts and Communication Advisory Board and is currently a working artist. Her work can be viewed here (http://www.amyarntson.net/home.htm)

She grew up in the Great Lakes Region and water has been a powerful symbol throughout her life. Her art reflects her fascination with water both in her choice of medium and subject matter.  “I’ve examined a wide variety of media and concepts, but consistently line and wash and watercolor are the most beautiful to my eye.” – Amy Arntson

Amy Arntson was a professor of Art & Design at UW-Whitewater from 1982-2004 and during her time on campus was Department Chairperson, Graphic Design Area Head, and Interim Associate Dean. She wrote several of the classes in the departmental curriculum on disciplines ranging from Illustration to Design History to Computer Graphics.  She authored multiple editions of the national/international publications Graphic Design Basics I-VI, 2011, and Computer Graphic Basics, 2006. In addition to creating art she currently teaches workshops and participates in Artist in Residency programs in the Great Lakes region.

Her paintings are widely shown and collected. While a faculty member at UWW she exhibited artwork internationally in the Florence (Italy) Bienniale as well as locations in China, England and more. She served as an art/design consultant to the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education. Recently the acclaimed American Artist “Watercolor” magazine featured several of Arntson’s paintings in a six-page article.  Her recent solo and featured artist exhibitions include the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) on the Lake, Water Street Gallery, Capitol Lakes Gallery, Wilson Center for the Arts, Piante Gallery, James Watrous Gallery, as well as many group exhibitions.

Together with UWW Communications faculty, Arntson has given lectures and presentations on visual communications concepts on several continents speaking on topics such as: “Images and Identities in a Global Society”, “Technology and Visual Language”. Her solo shows are accompanied by presentations such as “Art and Ideas”, “Nature as Metaphor” and “The Visual Dance” that emphasize connections between disciplines.  Much of her artwork explores the concepts of time and place through paintings of water.

Arntson’s students in the UWW Art and Design program have gone on to jobs in art education, art directing, illustration, Graphic Design and Social Media Management. Many of them continue to create their own Fine Art. They use a wide variety of visual and conceptual skills.

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