Art

WOW! Women of Wisconsin Exhibit at Alverno College

August 30, 2017

The Alverno College Art and Cultures Gallery will feature a director’s invitation exhibition called WOW! Women of Wisconsin August 23 through September 23. This exhibition will feature the work of women artists from all media, including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and drawing. Located in the Alverno Art and Cultures Gallery, the powerful exhibit celebrates established and emerging women artists from diverse backgrounds and the limitless ways in which they express themselves artistically. The gallery will host an opening reception on September 15 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a champagne toast at 6:00 p.m. Prior to the opening reception, there will be two panel discussions and art demonstrations beginning at 4:20 p.m. in the adjacent studios. The demonstrations and discussions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Artists featured in the exhibit include:

  • Jamie Bilgo Bruchman – mixed media
  • Valerie J. Christell – photo montage, panelist
  • Joyce Easley – painting, panelist
  • Nina Ghanbarzadeh – drawing
  • Madeline Glaspey – painting, panelist
  • Ann Kathryn Kehoe – jewelry
  • Nancy Lamers – painting
  • Teresa Lind – sculpture
  • Karen McCormick – painting
  • Judith Gahn Murphy – painting, watercolor demonstration
  • Melissa Scherrer Pare – mixed media, panelist
  • Ann Powell – painting
  • Lenore Rinder – digital photography
  • Katerina Nissa Sanerib – sculpture, panelist
  • Lisa Shinkan – jewelry
  • Shelley Smith – painting, panelist
  • Mary Spencer – glass mosaic, glass demonstration
  • Maria E. Tammi – sculpture
  • Colleen Volland – ceramics
  • Kim E. Wilson – jewelry

Sculpture Engineered to Help With Storm Water Runoff to be Unveiled in Greenfield

November 11, 2016

A sculpture designed to capture rainwater and channel it toward a rain garden will be unveiled by the City of Greenfield on Tuesday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. Designed and created by Alverno College students, the sculpture stands eight feet tall and is located at Greenfield’s City Hall.

The project, which integrates art and environmental sciences, began with a partnership between Alverno, Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC (SSE), Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (SWWT), the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and the City of Greenfield. The college’s 46-acre campus is one of the largest privately-owned institutional green spaces on the Kinnickinnic River watershed area. In an effort to reduce storm water runoff from the City of Greenfield onto the Alverno campus, SSE worked with students to study the amount of storm water runoff and the quality of the runoff. Thanks to a grant from MMSD, Alverno College students, SSE and SWWT reached out to residents in the neighborhood just west of the college campus to raise awareness of rain barrels and green infrastructure like rain gardens. The grant also provided an opportunity for fine arts students to design a public art piece that celebrates the environment.

“Our students are thrilled to be working on a site specific sculpture, learning how to use new equipment, and learning different welding and shaping techniques while participating in a collaborative construction,” said Lynda Sommers, assistant professor of art at Alverno College. “This project is giving them a great opportunity to put their skills to work in a way that will benefit the environment while adding something beautiful to the community.”

Students involved in the project include Ashley Acker, Shavonne Alvarez, Keziah Bland, Samantha Bosanec, Cecilia Castro, Tai Hardie, Ann Kwiatkowski, Carly Lustig, Sarah McCutcheon, Cassandra Pike, Michele Pruitt, Jessica Schiller and Theodora Thompson. With Sommers assisting, students designed and fabricated the sculpture, and even learned airbrushing techniques from artist Mario Gonzales. Marty Zabel, owner of Forest Home Auto Body and Glass, generously donated the painting and clear coating of the piece.

The sculpture will be a permanent addition to the Greenfield City Hall grounds.

Art Exhibit Questions How Feminine Beauty and Worth Are Defined in Our Culture

March 6, 2013

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Studio Lounge in Bay View will be featuring work by nine female artists who primarily depict women from March 6 – April 28. The exhibit, From Here to Her: Explorations of Feminine Beauty and Identity, is more than a collection by and about women, it questions how feminine beauty and worth are defined in American culture not only through the theme that ties the work together, but also through a corresponding educational event as well as other community outreach elements.

“Like many women, we struggle to find a balance between where we believe our beauty and worth lie and where the mass media relentlessly tells us it does,” said Katie Mullen, exhibit curator and artist. “Whether we like it or not, media shapes culture. The goal of the show is to get people thinking about the impact it’s had on women and girls in particular. What’s the price we pay for it as individuals and as a society?”

Alverno College, the show’s presenting sponsor, will host interactive educational workshops at Studio Lounge on March 16 that apply the show’s theme across topics ranging from art history to activism. The morning program, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., will include the sessions “Sex, Lies and What the Mirror Doesn’t See” and “Photo-Editing and Unreal Perfection.” The afternoon program, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 pm., includes “Representations of Women in Art History” and “Building Bridges from Here to There.” Due to limited space, preregistration is required. For more information on these workshops, or to register, go to http://fromheretoher.tumblr.com/.

Proceeds from the workshop and other From Here to Her events will be donated to support TRUE Skool’s 2013 Be Girl Project, the urban arts-based nonprofit’s new program dedicated to nurturing self-worth, social-emotional intelligence, leadership experience and increased critical thinking skills among high school girls.

From Here to Her will feature artwork by Kim Alpert, Jasmine Barmore, Rosana Lazcano, Tazia LeMay, Katie Mullen, Miranda Petroviak, Racquel Racadio, Kerri Root and Jenna Van Ornum. Studio Lounge, located at 2246 S. Kinnickinnic, is open Wednesday – Sunday from 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. For more information on the exhibit or the workshop, contact exhibit curator, Katie Mullen, at (414) 731-0320 or at katiemullenwrites@gmail.com.