Building Artwork and Features

Cup and Commons

"Cup and Commons"
Peter W. Flanary © 2006

The "Cup and Commons" artwork is comprised of four parts:
1.  "The Green Cup"
2.  "Commons", the bronze tables with stone seating,
3.  The "Stone Benches"
4.  "Council Table" (exterior)

All of the steel, and stone along with some copper are recycled components from the Ames Teachers Education Lab School which once stood on this site.  These components were recovered in the demolition and recycling of the Ames Teacher Education Lab School building.

This art was acquired under the Wisconsin Arts Board's Percent for Art Program

Cup and Commons

History of UW-River Falls Logos

History of UW-River Falls Logos
UWRF © 2007
Artwork by Rita Zawislak-Brandt

The logo wall was designed to remind students of our rich history here at UWRF. Past logos tie alumni visitors to the students of today. Our school song stands proudly in the center to remind us of what UW River Falls is all about.


Campus Buildings Mural

Heritage Hall Mural
UWRF © 2007
Artwork by Rita Zawislak-Brandt

The Campus Buildings Mural was drawn to pay tribute to buildings on campus that students have previously associated as 'student centers'.

River Fusion

"River Fusion"
Bonnie Rubinstein © 2008

In honor of the first anniversary of the University Center, Bonnie created this fused glass sculpture to represent the Kinnickinnic River.  The main branch of the Kinni, as it is known locally, flows through the community of River Falls, while the South Fork of the Kinni flows through the University of Wisconsin - River Falls campus.  She took her inspiration from the natural beauty and offerings of the river, using multiple layers of colored glass fused as one, to show the depth of the river as seen from above.  The river is surrounded by images of stones and waves of grass along its banks.

A skilled glass fuser, as well as environmental designer, consultant and educator; Bonnie is intrigued by the challenge to successfully integrate glass into new functional architectural uses.  She often uses fused glass to celebrate nature's grandeur.

Fused glass is formed by cutting desired shaped of molecularly compatible glass, layering them, and heating them in a kiln to 1460°F, at which time the different layers become one.  Each of the eight panels produced for this piece was in the kiln for several firings, totaling up to 60 hours per piece.

"River Fusion" symbolized the green design of the University Center and the commitment of UW-River Falls has towards a sustainable community.

River Fusion

International Flag Display

Located in Heritage Hall, our International Flag Display is kept current each semester to represent the home countries of our currently attending students.


International Clocks

Located in the Bob Sievert Lounge, the International Clock display shows the current time in the home countries of many of our students.



River Descriptions

Each meeting room in University Center is named after a local or regional river.  The River Descriptions Wall, located outside of the Wind & Trimbelle River meeting rooms, gives a brief description of each river.


The Singers


Presented in Honor and Memory of Chancellor Ann Lydecker 1944-2004

Chancellor of UW-River Falls from 2000-2004 - "The Students' Chancellor"


Paul Granlund, artist, 1976

The works of Minnesota-born artist Paul Granlund, 1925-2003, are well-recognized for their style and medium.  Granlund was a prolific artist who worked primarily in bronze using imagery of the human form.  His works embody a concern for the human condition, both mental and physical, that often suggest a lively, joyful, dancing kind of beauty.  A telling characteristic of a Granlund sculpture is the sense of weightlessness - his figures appear unbound by gravity.  A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, Granlund later returned to the school as an instructor and long-time Sculptor-in-Residence.  Granlund pieces adorn many public, private and sacred spaces around the world, but especially here in the Midwest.

Nostalgic Photos

Old campus photos and yearbook photos are placed around University Center to continue to remind us of our past alumni who have helped to shape our campus.



Falcon Carving

Falcon Carving

Donated by the students to Chancellor Don Betz


Contact Us

University Center

Building Address:
501 Wild Rose Ave.

Mailing Address:
170 University Center
410 S. Third St.
River Falls, WI 54022


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