Art Gallery: Exhibitions
Explorations in Furniture Design
November 15 - December 13 Opening Reception November 15, 5-8PM Artist Lecture November 15, 7PM
Fully Furnished showcases contemporary innovations and techniques in furniture making. These innovative designs are not what they seem; all objects have the potential to speak well beyond their apparent use or appearance. This incredible exhibition demonstrates how a chair can be as much of a commentary on human existence as it is a place to sit. Everyday objects take on a life of their own as regional and national artists gather to show their original works ranging from one-of-a-kind handcrafted chairs to paper pulp rockers and more. This exhibition focuses on furniture made by artists, designers, and architects whose divergent paths to furniture making have resulted in some truly inspiring work.
Participating artists include: Tom Loeser, Ray Chi, Kevin Giese, Michael Neville, and select winners of the SARUP chair design competition.
Friday, Nov 15 @ 7PM
An Artist Lecture with Tom Loeser
Tom Loeser, exhibiting artist and current Chair of the UW Department of Art, will discuss his own personal approach to art and furniture making. Tom has spent more than twenty years creating functional and dysfunctional objects that invoke new perspectives about the emotive relationships we have with everyday objects that surround us. The body of work Tom has created throughout his career has gained international acclaim; his unconventional methods of surface treatment and playful manipulation of function have been celebrated in over 200 exhibitions and contribute to the permanent collection of 14 museums.
****Fully Furnished is made possible in part by participation from the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Crossing Over 2013
UWM Peck School of the Arts Department of Visual Art 2013 Scholarship/Fellowship Invitational Exhibition
Thursday October 17 - Friday November 8 Opening Reception: Thursday, October 17 5-8PM
Crossing Over showcases work by undergraduate and graduate students in the UWM Peck School of the Arts Department of Visual Art who received scholarship and fellowship awards in 2013. The high-caliber artwork produced by these emerging artists covers a wide variety of mediums and topics.
This exhibition is made possible by the partnership of the Peck School of the Arts Department of Visual Art and the Union Art Gallery.
The Exquisite Uterus Project
Finding Equal Ground
Friday September 20 - Friday October 11 Opening Reception: Friday Sept 20 5-8 PM Lecture: Thursday October 3 7 PM
The Union Art Gallery is proud to host the fourth exhibition of The Exquisite Uterus Project: Finding Equal Ground. This exhibition is a fantastic collection of 200+ fiber and mixed-media artworks from across the nation to give voice to the pressing issues of our time relating to reproductive healthcare for all women. This collaborative art project was started in early 2012 by feminist artists and curators Helen Klebesadel and Alison Gates in response to what is being called the ‘War on Women’. This iteration of The Exquisite Uterus Project will also feature a print collection regarding reproductive rights entitled “This is an Emergency!” curated by Justseeds Artist Collective artist Meredith Stern.
The opening reception will also feature a performance from The Raging Grannies at 6pm and a poetry reading at 7pm.
Lecture with Brenda Coley: The Ripple Effect of Changes in Women’s Healthcare in Wisconsin - Thursday, October 3 at 7pm in the Union Art Gallery
Reproductive Health Panel Discussion moderated by Bailey Murphy - Monday, October 21 from 4-:30-6:30pm at the Zilber School of Health, Tri-Plex Room (109, 119, 129) (1240 N. 10th St., Milwaukee). This event is sponsored by the UWM Women’s Resource Center and the UWM Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.
This exhibition and related programming is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Union Art Gallery, the Reproductive Justice Collective of Milwaukee, TRUE Skool, Inc. Advocates for Choice at UWM, the LGBT Resource Center, and the Women’s Resource Center of UWM. Special thanks to exhibition founders Helen Klebesadel and Alison Gates, and to Lauren Sinner.