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Año 13, 578, Octubre 20 de 2014—Xalapa, Veracruz, México

Aseguró Kaylee Spencer, en conferencia
Retratos ayudan a recrear historia maya

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El Instituto de Artes Plásticas y la Facultad de Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Veracruzana 

INVITAN a la conferencia 

Retratos de los cautivos en el antiguo mundo maya 
que dictará la doctora Kaylee Spencer
el lunes 13 de octubre, a las 11 horas
en la Galería AP, de la Facultad de Artes
Belisario Domínguez, 25, Centro
Xalapa, Veracruz

Kaylee R. Spencer es profesora asociada y directora del Departamento de Arte de la Universidad de Wisconsin-River Falls donde imparte cursos de historia del arte, incluyendo clases centradas en el arte maya antiguo.

Obtuvo el doctorado en Historia del Arte por la Universidad de Texas en Austin. Spencer ha publicado artículos y capítulos de libros enfocados en la espiritualidad maya, el arte y la iconografía. En su trabajo reciente combina enfoques arraigados en la fenomenología, la iconografía y el análisis jeroglífico para investigar el retrato en la escultura antigua y colonial.

September 25–October 17, 2014

El FuegoBernice Ficek-Swenson

Sponsored by the Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Veracruz, Xalapa, Mexico

BFS El Fuego

August 30–October 19, 2014
Women In Print, featuring Professor Bernice Ficek-Swenson

Scripps College

Science, the environment, and politics are the themes taken up by 27 artists in the Gallery’s first show of the year, which conveys the strength and breadth of work produced by women printmakers today.

November 20–December 11, 2013
Monday–Friday, 10am–8pm; Sunday, 2–4pm
Art Department Scholarship Sale


May 3
Art Department Picnic

The annual art department picnic is this Friday, May 3, from 11:30 AM–1 PM. Students and faculty are encouraged to sign up for the potluck in the art office. Rain location will be the painting studio.

May 5 through 24
Senior Installation/Exhibition

Senior Hannah White will be presenting both an art installation and an exhibition, "The Best Is Yet to Come," from May 5-24 in the Chalmer Davee Library on campus.  

White will be showcasing cold forged metal sculptures, drawings, and other sculpted works. The event is free and open to the public.

White, of Oakdale, Minn., is a Bachelor of Science liberal arts major with a psychology minor. She has recently transitioned from two-dimensional to three-dimensional art forms. Her focus is on the connection between mental and artistic growth—a theme that spans both her two-dimensional and three-dimensional works.  Focusing on the interweaving of academia and the arts, White has chosen the Davee Library as the site to showcase her works due to its history of facilitating the interaction between visual and conceptual forms of thought. The site enhances White's theme of mental growth portrayed by art.  A reception will be held Thursday, May 9, from 6-7 p.m. in the Davee Library. The art may be viewed during regular library hours

Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m.
Friday from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday from noon-1 a.m.

Summer hours begin May 20, when the open hours change to Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact the UWRF Art Department at 715-425-3266.

May 24 through June 22, 2013
In Flux, Jeannine Spooner Kitzhaber and Michael Helke

Faculty artists Jeannine Spooner Kitzhaber and Michael Helke will have their latest group work In Flux on exhibition at the Raymond Avenue Gallery beginning Friday, May 24th until Saturday, June 22, 2013.  The reception will be held the Friday of May 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue at University,
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Special gallery hours during exhibition:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: noon - 4 p.m.

Telephone: 651-644-9200

April 26, 2013
Man Stuff, Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

River Falls Yard Waste Site

Spencer Cleland will be holding his BFA Exhibition as a one day event at the River Falls Yard Waste Site.  The reception will be held that day at the location, from 5-8 p.m.  The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public.

River Falls Yard Waste Site
901 W. Locust St.
River Falls, WI 554022

Spencer's work was highlighted in an ABC WQOW News 18 segment:

Shibori Display

Shibori Projects by Intro Fibers Students

April 12-30, 2013

Students in the Intro to Fiber class will have their Shibori Projects on display in the Harriet Barry Gallery located in Chalmer Davee Library.

Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 1:00 a.m.

The application for a CAS student study abroad stipend for Summer 12-13 and Fall 13-14 travel is now available

All students meeting the following criteria are eligible:

  • Completed at least one full as semester at UWRF with a declared major in the College of Arts and Sciences (including secondary education majors whose content area is in CAS)
  • Completed a minimum of 45 credits at the time of application
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

Preference is given to:

  • Students who have not studied abroad previously
  • Students on study abroad programs officially sponsored by UWRF
  • Students who have not received a previous CAS Study Abroad stipend

We encourage all qualified students to apply for these $500-maximum stipends. All application materials are due in the CAS Dean's Office by Thursday, April, 4.

April 16-23, 2013

UW-River Falls Art Students Present Senior Exhibition

UW-River Falls seniors Mackenzie Casey, Patrick Hamilton, Courtney Hintermeyer and Colin McGinn will present their Senior Exhibition in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building April 16-23.  Casey will present ceramic sculptures, Hamilton will exhibit glass and steel sculptures, McGinn will display felted hats, and Hintermeyer will show lithographs and intaglios.

  • Casey—a fine arts and art education major with a Spanish minor, is from River Falls.  She is attracted to working with clay because of the physical processes involved in creating large sculptures. Casey works almost exclusively with rabbit forms because of their expressive qualities, primarily their ears.
  • Hamilton—from Des Moines, Iowa, is a fine arts major in glassblowing and sculpture. He also minors in horticulture and French. He creates sculptures in glass that are playful representations of the natural world. He uses these familiar forms to address troubling aspects in our modern world.
  • Hintermeyer—from Plymouth, Minn., is a broad area art major with a minor in psychology. She loves the process and versatility of printmaking, specifically the delicate nature of lithography and the expressive lines of intaglio. Hintermeyer's prints reflect the process of growing up and the lessons that are learned along the way.
  • McGinn—a broad area art major from Afton, Minn., creates felt hats that are inspired by his love of nature. He is drawn to felt because of the meditative process, and the durability of the final material. His forms and designs reflect an aesthetic heavily influenced by the wooded environment he grew up in.

A reception will be held Friday, April 19, from 5-7 p.m. in Gallery 101. The event and exhibit are free and open to the public.  

The art may be viewed at regular gallery hours:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.;
Sunday 2-4 p.m.

For more information, contact the UWRF Art Department at 715-425-3266.

UW-River Falls Glass Program Featured in The Pioneer Press

The UWRF glass program, one of the first glass programs ever created, was featured in The Pioneer Press.  The article contains interviews with Eion Breadon the department Head and current students.  Also has some information on the art form and pictures of students at work.

At UW-River Falls, the art of glass is more than a class

April 4-11, 2013, Reception April 5, 2013 5-7 p.m.BFA Art Exhibition in Gallery 101 at UW-River Falls


UWRF Senior Britta Voorhaar will be presenting their Senior Exhibition in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building beginning Thursday April 4th until the 7th, 2013.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.  A public reception will be held on April 5th at 5-7 p.m.

Gallery 101 Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7-9 p.m.
Sunday: 2-9 p.m.
Closed on Saturdays

 April 4-11, 2013, Reception April 5, 2013 5-7 p.m.
BFA and Senior Art Exhibition in Gallery 101 at UW-River Falls


UWRF Seniors Nikki Bethel and Chase Roots will be presenting their Senior Exhibitions in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building beginning Thursday April 4th until the 7th, 2013.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.  There will be a public reception on April 5th at 5-7 p.m.


February 25, 2013, March 11–19

BFA and Senior Art Exhibition in Gallery 101 at UW-River Falls

UWRF Senior Sarah Vruwink will be showing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Exhibition in connection with seniors Casey Kemper and Emma Hussey who will be presenting their Senior Exhibition in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building March 11–19.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.

  • Vruwink—is working on her B.F.A. in printmaking. She is exhibiting a collection of photographic prints and oil paintings. Her artwork explores the fragility of relationships between individuals as well as between humanity and humpback whales.
  • Kemper—is senior art education major from Kansasville.  In his work, he attempts to depict the ethical, psychological, and societal relationships that exist between man and animal. Kemper is an animal lover and has a cat, "Cactus," cockatiel, "Peewee," and chocolate lab, "Bubba."

  • Hussey—is a senior art education major from River Falls. She is exhibiting her hand-dyed and hand-woven scarves as well as oil paintings representing her process of weaving.  She has created a series of scarves using color and patterns that invite you to come look closer, see the detail and let your eyes wander.

  • Reception—March 15, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. a reception will be held in Gallery 101.

    Gallery 101 hours:
    Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m
    Sundays from 2-4 p.m.

    For further information, contact the UWRF Art Department at 715-425-3266.


Monday, March 4- Thursday, March 7 2013

AQUA VITAE, Bernice Ficek-Swenson

Bernice will have an exhibit featuring her photography at Minneapolis Photo Center beginning March 4th til the 7th.
There will also be an artist lecture with her on March 5th at 7 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

Both the exhibit and the lecture will be at Minneapolis Photo Center

2400 North 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55411


February 17-March 4, 2013
TIME Photography Exhibition, DJ Steinmetz

The Harriet Barry Gallery in Chalmer Davee Library will be hosting a photography exhibition by DJ Steinmetz.

Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-1:00 a.m.

Glass Postcard

February 11–March 6, 2013
UWRF Glass Legacies

Started in 1967 by Doug Johnson, a member of Harvey Littleton's first glass class at UW-Madison, UWRF's glass program ranks as one of the oldest degree granting glass programs in the United States. Jim Engbretson then ran the program for many years until his retirement in 2009. 2012 was the 50th anniversary of the start of the modern Studio Glass movement by Harvey Littleton and Dominic Labino. This exhibit focus' primarily on the early alumni of UWRF and the far reaching impact of their careers over the past 45 years, as well as notable more recent alumni working with the material. Participating artists include: Eoin Breadon, Andrew Brott, Patrick Casanova, Stephen Cox, Pauly Cudd, Jim and Renee Engebretson, Erik Halvorson, Fred Kaemmer, Eugene Koss, Michael Meilahn, Colleen Ott, Nolan Prohaska, and Brita Swanson.

  • Jon Clark—Tuesday, February 12, 2013, Kinnickinnic Theatre, UC
    Jon Clark ('70) will give a lecture on his work and career. Jon received his MA at the Royal College of Art and Design in London in 1972 and founded the glass program at Tyler School of Art-Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Jon's work is in museums and national collections in the United States, China, England, Japan, and Australia and has received numerous NEA fellowships and Pennsylvania Arts grants. His work moves from the object to the installation, utilizing the material possibilities of glass in conjunction with light, video, and other materials.
  • Gene Koss—Tuesday & Thursday, February 12 & 14, 2013Gene Koss ('73), the founder and head of the glass program at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, will also be on campus Tuesday afternoon through Thursday to talk and work with students in the glass studios. He uses steel and glass to create monumental works. Working with serial cast glass parts to enlarge scale and combining these elements with iron and neon, he has raised glass sculpture to the realm of public art.

    Koss is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Endowment for the Arts; the New Orleans Community Arts Award; and Pace-Willson Art Foundation grants. His work is included in numerous private collections and has been displayed in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the International Biennale for Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy, and has been featured in International Glass Art, Contemporary Glass-Color, Light & Form and Glass Art from Urban Glass publications.
  • Artist talk—Thursday, February 14, 2013, 3–4:15 pm, Gallery 101, Kleinpell Fine Arts
    Doug Johnson, Jon Clark, and Gene Koss will give a gallery talk for students about the history of the glass program.
  • Reception—Thursday, February 14, 2013, 5:30–8 pm
    A reception for the artists will be held in Gallery 101.

Spring 2012
Fibers Program Highlighted in Article, Morgan Clifford

Morgan wrote and published an article in Surface Design Journal ( highlighting the fibers program at UWRF.

May 29, 2012
Weaving Series, Morgan Clifford

Morgan has been working on a series of weavings as part of a Minnesota Arts Board Grant. Her project focused on creating a series of pieces that would lead the viewer from one to the next and animate the occupied space. The piece is currently up at Family Means in Stillwater but will travel to other locations around the twin cities in the near future. There are currently 13 pieces with plans for more. It will be up in its present location until mid–late July. Tours can be set up through Jenn Snyder at Family Means (651.789.4057).


February 24–April 14, 2012
Stand Out Prints! 2012

Bernice Ficek-Swenson will be showing her work at a national print exhibition Stand Out Prints! 2012 at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking. The free opening reception will be held Friday, February 24, 2012, 6:30–9:00 pm located at:

Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408

(Parking is located on Colfax Ave.)

Phone: 612.871.1326

Friday, February 10, 2012, 2:00 pm
Visiting Artist Jon Goodman Presentation

Kleinpell Fine Arts Building, B101

Master of Photogravure, Jon Goodman is credited for the revival of the Photogravure technique in the U.S. Jon has produced gravure portfolio editions for the prestigious photo publication, Aperture. These editions include The Formative Years: Paul Strand, The Early Years: Edward Steichen, and The Golden Age of British Photography. Known for his luminous landscapes and still life gravures, Jon’s work can be found in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Bibliotheque National in Paris. This event is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Art Department, Art Society, and Printmaking and Photography Studios.

Monday, November 7, 2011
Benjamin Lira Slideshow and Presentation 

10–12 am, Kinni Theater, University Center

The University of Wisconsin River Falls Art Department is proud to have Benjamín Lira as a Visiting Artist Monday and Tuesday Nov 7th and 8th. Lira's materials stretch from paint to paper constructions and finally enter the sculptural realm with his creation of megalithic heads from clay. His monumental ceramics can weigh up to 200 lbs., taking several months to make and more than a month just to dry. Through all his exploration of various mediums he sustains his signature abstraction of the human condition through form, presenting only the essentials in his facial structures.

Lira was born in Santiago, Chile where he studied at the Escuela de Arquitectura, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. He later attended the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting in London, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Lira received his M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in New York. He has shown his work at galleries internationally including the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Sanitiago, the Museo de América in Madrid and the Marlborough Gallery in New York. Lira currently lives and works in Santiago, Chile.


Thursday, October 27, 2011
Visibility and Community Connections through Murals: A Pragmatic Guide, presentation by Dr. Lynn Jermal

Dr. Lynn Jermal will be presenting Visibility and Community Connections through Murals: A Pragmatic Guide, from 12–12:50, in the Boardroom of the State Regional Art Center. She will also be introducing Samantha Powell at the Awards Ceremony, a UWRF art education student who won this year's Wisconsin Outstanding Art Education Student award at 5 pm in the Main Floor Lobby. These events are part of the October 27–28, 2011 Wisconsin Art Education Annual Conference in Eau Claire, WI.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Samantha Powell, a senior art education student, has been honored with the Wisconsin Art Education Student Award 2011

The WAEA Award Ceremony will take place Thursday, Oct 27, 5 pm, at the Eau Claire Regional Art Center, Main Floor Lobby. This is part of the Wisconsin Art Education Association Annual Conference in Eau Claire, WI, Oct 27–28. Visit for more information on the conference. Sam's background and accomplishments are also included in the conference brochure on the website. She was chosen from nominated students across Wisconsin and has been invited to join the WAEA Board of Directors to fill an interim position and be mentored into the field. Congratulations Sam!

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Fire and Earth: Tibetan Black Pottery Tradition, presented by Dr. Lynn Jermal

Time: 2–3 pm
Place: Kinni Theater, UC

A beautiful and intimate documentary of the entire process of creating black pottery in the village of Tangdui in Yunnan Province in southwest China nested in a shallow valley of the foothills of the Himalayas. UWRF students lived for a week in the village and created a 32-minute film and an illustrated book in four languages on the master potter Sun Nuo Qi Ling. The family of Sun Nuo Qi Ling has been producing black pottery masters for more than four documented generations, and he suspects there are at least seven masters before him. The clay techniques, traditional forms, and the high standards they maintain have been passed down to Master Sun Nuo and his son, Lousangen Zhu from their ancestors and were captured in this fine documentary. Discussion and questions on the project or pottery will be held after the showing.

Sponsored by International Study Week

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
UWRF Working in the Field: UWRF Student Projects around the World, presented by Dr. Lynn Jermal

Time: 2–3 pm
Place: Kinni Theater, UC

This presentation will share projects UWRF students from different majors worked on collaboratively in the CERS China Internship Program including: teaching Tibetans how to make cheese from Yak milk; documenting a Tibetan master potter with a 2000 year tradition for pottery in his village; setting up a living museum for the Lisu tribe; and collecting, cataloguing and storing over 200 artifacts from the last Li village (the original people) on Hainan Island as they are moved into concrete/cement houses, abandoning their traditional thatched homes. Independent research projects done in Semester Abroad–Europe will include: photo documentation of traditional occupations on Orkney, Organic Farming in Portugal, Survey on the new Parliament Proposal in Great Britain, Karst (cave) Research in Slovenia and many more. 

Sponsored by International Study Week

October 13–November 30, 2011
People and the Land & A Sense of Place, exhibits by Jeannine Kitzhaber

Jeannine Kitzhaber will be exhibiting her work in two juried shows in October: People and the Land at the Silverwood Park Gallery in St. Anthony, MN and A Sense of Place, Landscape Show at Minnetonka Center for the Arts, in Minnetonka MN. The receptions for both exhibits are October 13, 6–8 pm.

People and the Land

September 27, 2011 (posted)
Art In Chile: A Studio Intensive
March 3–17, 2012

The beautiful South American country of Chile offers extraordinary scenery with its mountains, agricultural valleys, wine country and Southern Pacific Ocean vistas, and wildlife. This is an amazing opportunity to spend time with both American and Chilean artists at the Curaumilla Center for the Arts just south of Valparaiso, Chile. This workshop will combine hands on activities in the Art Center Studio plus lectures and discussion on Pre Columbian Art with Art Historian Dr. Kaylee Spencer. We are also inviting Several Chilean Artists and Curators to give guest presentations. Field trips will be taken to both the old port city of Valparaiso and to the capital city of Santiago. Chile has a developed infrastructure and friendly and educated/gracious people. We invite you to join us for this exciting adventure (see images).

  • Location: The beautiful oceanfront Curaumilla Arts Center just south of Valparaiso, Chile
  • Study: Ceramics and Pre-Columbian Art History with Professors Randy Johnston and Dr. Kaylee Spencer (Expert in Mayan Portraiture).
  • Spring Semester 2012 Registration: Art 289 or Art 489 Section 70 for three credits, which can be applied toward Art major. Non-student registration welcome. Guest Artists during this workshop will include: Jan McKeachie Johnston, Pelusa Rosenthal, Barbara Bravo, Benjamin Lira, Tatane Duran from San Pedro de Atacama, and Potters demonstrating Black pottery from Quinchamali.
  • Cost: $4000 (final cost subject to airline price changes). This includes: Curaumilla Art Center fee, all ground transportation in Chile, room and board, three daily Chilean cuisine meals, studio supplies and activities, and airfare (Delta Air from Minneapolis to Santiago and back).
  • Contact: Randy Johnston or Global Connections

October 5–28, 2011
Polymorphic Membranes, an installation by Trever Nicholas

Trever Nicholas will be exhibiting his installation “Polymorphic Membranes” in Gallery 101 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, from October 5-28, 2011. Mr. Nicholas, a resident of St. Paul, has exhibited his sculptural work and installations in Hungary, New York City, and numerous locations in the Twin Cities. He has received several grants from The Jerome Foundation and was Artist in Residence at both Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, Minnesota and Anderson Center in Red Wing.

“The geometry of milk bubbles and the presence of large fluffy cumulus clouds lay the groundwork for the construction of Polymorphic Membranes. I am a cross disciplinary visual artist who is interested in perceived experience as interpreted through our senses. I create objects of wonder by accentuating commonplace objects, memories, and situations. I am interested in elements of science, aspects of desire, and our body’s physical relationship to objects, architecture, and the surrounding environment.” Mr. Nicholas will be showing a presentation of his current and past installations and exhibitions. The reception will be from 3:30-5:30 pm, on October 5, in Gallery 101. To see more of his work visit

Trever Nicholas

September 15, 2011
Artist Lecture—Joe Smolinksi

UWRF Art Alumni, Joe Smolinksi, discussed his drawings and installations in the UC Kinni Theatre. The drawing depicted below is titled: Spinning Trees for Spent Oil, Dubai in the Alumni Exhibition I.

Joe Smolinksi

Bernice Ficek-Swenson Promise of Water I Sweden exhibit

September 3–October 9, 2011
Constructed Realities–
8 Invited Artists

A group exhibition of Bernice Ficek-Swenson, Janne Laine, Tuula Lehtinen, Mitch Mitchell, David Morrish, Jan Pettersson, Lothar Osterburg, and Mats Wilhelmsson photogravures is being exhibited at the Grafikens Hus in Mariefeld, Sweden. This exhibition is being held in conjunction with Canadian artist Marlene MacCallum’s exhibition In Camera—Rekindling photographic memory.


August 12–October 1, 2011
FIRE! Exhibition by Bernice Ficek-Swenson & Terry Barczak


September 9–28, 2011
UWRF Alumni Exhibition I

Reception and gallery discussion is Friday, September 9 at 4–6 pm in Gallery 101.

Alumni Show

July 12, 2011
Kurt Wild (11/22/31–07/12/11)

Kurt Wild

Art Department Emeriti Professor Kurt Wild passed away at United Hospital in St. Paul on Tuesday, July 12. Kurt taught at UWRF from 1963 retiring in 1992 serving as department chair from 1967 to 1970 when he was then appointed Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences serving in that position until 1974. Building a nationally recognized ceramic program at UWRF, Kurt received the award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the Humanities in 1991.

Following retirement, Kurt continued to remain active professionally as a ceramic artist. In a 2004 Emeriti Exhibition at UWRF, Kurt wrote, “From my beginning as an undergraduate, I enjoyed working with clay. I continue to do so for the simple reason that it gives me pleasure.”

Services will be private. Memorials may be directed to the UWRF Foundation for the Kurt and Ruth Wild Scholarship,

June 1–24, 2011
Morgan Clifford Exhibition

Morgan Clifford Exhibit

May 6–June 12, 2011
Fiber Studio Exhibition at The Phipps Center for the Arts

The Phipps Fibers Exhibit

May, 2011
Recipient of Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, Morgan Clifford

Awarded $6,000 grant to be received in May of 2011 to create an installation in Stillwater Minnesota.

May, 2011
Recipient of Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, Lauren Herzak-Bauman

Awarded $8,600 grant to be received in May of 2011 to create an installation in Minneapolis Minnesota.

May, 2011
Solo exhibition, Lauren Herzak-Bauman

March 11–April 30, 2011
Studio Photography & Printmaking exhibition, First Impressions: The St. Croix

Art students researched the history of the St. Croix River and surrounding communities creating personal interpretations. The black and white silver gelatin photographs and fine-art prints are tributes to the St. Croix marking the distinctive and varied traditions, culture, people, geography and history of the area. For further information call Silverwood Park at 763.694.7707. The gallery is open from 9a–5p in March and 9a–8p in April. This exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibition is location at Silverwood Park, Three Rivers Park District, MN (2500 County Rd E W, St Anthony, MN, 55421). A reception will be held Friday, April 29, 6-8 p.


March 5
Two-person exhibition, Lauren Herzak-Bauman

Show opens Friday, March 5, 2011, at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA. Image included


March 2–9, 2011
Senior exhibition of work from John Mclaughlin, Brittany Polzin, and Rachel Thomas

John Mclaughlin, Brittany Polzin and Rachel Thomas will be exhibiting their senior exhibition in Gallery 101 from March 2-9, 2011. Works include pottery, painting, figure drawing and ceramic sculpture. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 3 from 6–9p in the gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

John Mclaughlin, from Ripon, WI, will be graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in ceramics. The work he will be displaying focuses on salt-fired functional pottery. He uses the interaction of the kiln with the clay body and brushwork to decorate the forms.

Brittany Polzin, from Luxemburg, WI, will be receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in ceramics. She has created a series of figurative ceramic sculpture and figure drawings. Brittany’s ceramic work is intended to draw attention to the female form using historic ideals. She will also be displaying a series of figure drawings created during her recent semester spent studying contemporary art in Switzerland.

Rachel Thomas, from Burnsville, MN, will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Broad Area Art with an emphasis in studio painting. Her work involves a collection of whimsical and imaginary inspired paintings that evolve around the theme of storytelling. She has always been fascinated with the environment and the wide array of creatures that inhabit it. This exhibition is a culmination of all the work she has done during her college career.

February 18–September 5, 2011
docent academic advisor Tutankhamun Exhibit, Steven Derfler, Ph.D.

Steven Derfler is the academic advisor for all docents involved at the current Tutankhamun Exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

February 18–April 10, 2011
Traveling labor exhibition, David Heberlein

Information on the current location of WISCONSIN LABOR: A Contemporary Portrait traveling labor exhibition can be found at:

January 24–March 12, 2011
Plunder The Influence exhibition, Bernice Ficek-Swenson

Plunder The Influence: An examination of visual manifestations (and sources) of influence is curated by Adriane Herman. More information can be found at .


January 23–March 17, 2011
Going Solar exhibition, Bernice Ficek-Swenson

St. Louis Artist’s Guild (MO), in conjunction with the 2011 Southern Graphic Council International Conference.

January 11–March, 2011
Cover photography for Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine, David Heberlein

Cover photography for Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters’ award-winning Wisconsin People & Ideas quarterly magazine. 


January 8–February 4, 2011
Alternative Processes, Bernice Ficek-Swenson

Location: Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY


January, 2011
Egypt trip with Steven Derfler, Ph.D.

Eleven students participated in an educational trip to Egypt during the J-Term. Photo depicts students at the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon God Horus.



Emeriti and Alumni

December 23, 2014
Art Alumni Published—Nadia Hoffman

Bruce L. Moon & Nadia Hoffman have published an article, Performing Art-Based Research: Innovation in Graduate Art Therapy Education, in the American Art Therapy Journal. 

November 7–December 9, 2011

Linear Perspective, A Solo Exhibition by UWRF Alumni Shelby Sand

The Gray Gallery of Quincy University will host the solo exhibition Nov. 7–Dec. 9, during operating hours of the Brenner Library.

Patterns of creativity and conformity will provide the theme for an upcoming exhibition of prints by Quincy artist Shelby Sand.

Sand earned a BFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and is currently pursuing an MBA at Quincy University. She was recently honored by the selection of her work for the 2011 Biennial Quad-State Exhibition at the Quincy Art Center as well as the Mary S. Oakley and Lee Lindsay Artist Showcase. Sand draws upon an exploration of the historic past in order to gain an artistic understanding of tradition, loss, symbolism, and the adoption of roles in society.  

Sand chooses to incorporate photographs into her work, as well as non-traditional materials such as sewing patterns and paper dolls. She also emphasizes historic female crafts such as sewing, quilting, and knitting.

Additional information about the Sand exhibition is available from Gray Gallery curator, Robert Mejer, at 217-228-5371.


October 6–November 5, 2011
Matthew Ficher Exhibition

You're invited to attend an exhibition of Matthew Fischer's paintings at Tilton Gallery in New York. The opening reception is Thursday, October 6 from 6-8 pm. The address for the gallery is 8 East 76th Street, NY.


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