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Collaborative Design: Great Minds Think Together

Collaborative Design: Great Minds Think Together

January 24 - February 21, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, January 24 5-8PM

What teams of divergent talents are coming together to solve a problem beautifully while simultaneously making a difference in our community? How might we push our creative capacity in order to redefine the boundaries of our reach? The art and design world is rapidly expanding to be inclusive of creative industry intermingling, and ‘design thinking’ has become both a way of life and a call to action for a variety of artists, designers, and their interdisciplinary collaborators.

The Union Art Gallery presents an exhibition designed to highlight teams of talented individuals from a variety of fields whose innovative collaborative work is making a difference in the Milwaukee community and beyond.Collaborative Design: Great Minds Think Together includes projects from alliances between fields as diverse as health science design and engineering, theater and gerontology, fine art and storytelling, and more. What incredible heights are we capable of reaching together?

Collaborators include: Anne Basting, Shannon Scrofano & Sojourn Theatre, Reginald Baylor, Adam Carr, Sonja Thomsen, UWM Engineers without Borders, UWM student innovators, MIAD Compassion project, Marquette HEIR Lab robotics, and more.


Collaborative Design Q & A with Reginald Baylor, Adam Carr, and Sonja Thomsen: Friday, January 24 at 7PM

Artist Lecture with Anne Basting and Shannon Scrafano: Friday, February 7 at 7PM

Crafting Community

February 28 – March 28, 2014

Opening Reception:  Friday, February 28 5-8PM

Crafting Community is a juried exhibition of secondary student ceramic artwork derived from community-themed curricula. This unique exhibition explores how making material objects through ceramic processes can nurture investigations, conversations and complex understandings of issues and themes that emerge from local communities. The culminating exhibition represents the collaborative efforts of UWM art education and ceramics faculty, local K-12 art educators, and their students who have maintained strong relations with our programs as alumni and partners.

This exhibition provides a window into the classroom where exceptional art educators create spaces and curricula that promote student dialogue and investigations through which they can begin to envision and “craft” their own communities through art.

Art Educator’s Panel Discussion: Wednesday, March 19th 4PM

This exhibition features participating collaborating educators:
Renee Boston

Joe Bruns
Jen Dahl
Amelia Hernandez
Emira Hot

Tera Huber
Kristina Jacobs
Frank Juarez
Fran Korthof
Chris Lois
Jacobo Lovo
Molly McKee
Sarah Muente
Kristi Ottoson
Leah Robertson
Brian Sommersberger
Tanner Teipel
Tom Uebelherr
Steve Vande Zande
Lindsey Weigel

This exhibition is cosponsored by the UWM Peck School of the Arts Ceramics and Art Education Departments

Crafting Community
First Year Exhibition 2014

First Year Exhibition 2014

April 4 – April 11, 2014

Opening Reception: April 4, 5-8PM

The First Year Program in Art and Design prepares students to be creative, engaged and ready to advance into their chosen areas of study. This program exposes students to studio and community resources as it develops productive relationships, valuable skill sets and a broad awareness of contemporary Art and Design practice.

The first year is a time of artistic and personal development during which students choose their areas of concentration and begin to see themselves becoming practitioners in their field.

Each year the First Year Program faculty selects a theme around which instructors may link assignments and readings. This year's First Year theme is Empathy. It is our belief that by exploring this theme, and our own layers of understanding it, we become more engaged as citizens and individuals as well as more true to our individual and collective voices as artists and designers in society. While not all work in this exhibition addresses that theme, instructors have woven ideas, projects, readings and discussion about Empathy throughout their teaching.

41st Annual Juried Show

April 17 – May 16, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday April 17, 5-8PM with show winner’s announcement at 7PM

The Juried Show is a UWM Union Art Gallery tradition. In its 41st year, this incredible exhibition showcases artwork from not only UWM student artists, but a variety of students in Milwaukee metro area colleges and universities.  Milwaukee student artists present work in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, and more. The exhibition will be juried by a panel of three Milwaukee art industry professionals who will award cash prizes of Best in Show, 1st and 2nd places to three participating artists at the opening reception. Come and peek into the future of the arts by viewing the incredible work of local, emerging student artists from our area. 


41st Annual Juried Show
Winter Welcome 2014
January 21 – February 21
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