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Engineers without Borders in the Atrium

There is a wonderful series of photographs in the Atrium documenting a project by the UW-Milwaukee student organization Engineers without Borders.  The  group helped construct a Potable Water Distribution and Sanitation System in Guatemala.  The work will be up until October 15th.

Below are some more images of the project as well as a written statement about it.

“The Republic of Guatemala is a land of arresting beauty bestowed with rich
natural resources and an economy reliant on the yield of a terrestrial bounty
that includes desirous reserves of petroleum, timber, nickel, and gold. Home
to pioneering Mayan civilizations and a linguistic diversity boasting over
twenty-three Mayan dialects, Guatemala’s culture and founding history are as
equally complex as its more contemporary history: a thirty-six year-long civil
war has plagued its large countryside populations with a poverty obscenely
disproportionate to its earthly riches.

Engineers Without Borders partners with developing communities to implement
sustainable engineering technologies to improve their quality of life. On January
9-22, 2010, eight students and two professional mentors from the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee student chapter travelled to the northwestern highlands of
Guatemala to implement a Potable Water Distribution System in the village of La
Libertad. As a result, over 330 people in the village have access to clean water.

The photographs aim to capture a glimpse of the vivacious La Libertad
community and the partnership between the village and UWM students.

Photography by Alana M. Soehartono

Engineers Without Borders at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: http://”


Conspicuous Consumption opens today!

This is an art exhibit opening today (Sept 24th) through October 15th featuring videos by Patty Chang, Photographs from Mark Menjivar’s “You Are What You Eat” series, and John Riepenhoff’s performance piece “Physical Pizza Networking Theory” at the opening tonight (4pm) and every Thursday for the duration of the exhibit.

Tonight there is also a gallery talk by Patty Chang at 4pm.  If you are in the cream city be sure to stop by this exhibit!

Visit the UWM Union Art Gallery website for more details here:

George Goundie Memorial Scholarship Exhibition and Silent Auction opens July 9th!

From July 9th through July 23, the UWM Union Art Gallery will host the Biennial Goundie Memorial Scholarship Exhibition and Silent Auction.  All art work in the exhibition will be available for purchase through silent auction-style bidding.  The opening reception will be held from 5-8pm on Friday, July 9th. The closing of the auction will be at 8:00pm on Friday, July 23rd.

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Professor Emeritus George Goundie and is a silent auction to raise money for student scholarships in the Peck School of Arts Sculpture Department.  In George Goundie’s 26 years of distinguished service at UWM, he served as Chairman of the Art Department, Chairman of the Knapp Bequest Committee, a member of the Faculty Senate and the former UW System Faculty Assembly.  He also served on a wide variety of arts councils and exhibited extensively in major regional and nation exhibitions.

This exhibition will include a variety of artworks in various mediums with all pieces being available for purchase through a silent auction held concurrent with the show dates.  Artist contributors include some of PSOA’s finest faculty—past and present—and art students.  All proceeds will benefit the George Goundie Memorial Scholarship Fund.  These scholarships are awarded to UWM students pursuing sculpture in the Department of Visual Art.

Gallery Hours are Monday through Wednesday 12-5pm, Thursday 12-7pm and Friday through Saturday 12-5pm.  The gallery is located on the Campus Level of the Union in room W199.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery (UAG) is an art space dedicated to the exhibition of diverse, contemporary art.  The UAG presents a broad range of visual art by exhibiting work in all mediums by local, regional, and national emerging and established artists.  In addition, the Union Art Gallery prides itself on being an accessible space for UWM student artists to exhibit and learn.  For more information, visit us online at

37th Annual Juried Art Show Opens tonight! 5-8pm

This year’s 37th Annual Juried Art Show at the UWM Union Art Gallery has some fantastic artwork from students as far as Whitewater!  We hope to see you at the opening tonight, but in case you can’t here are details on the show:

Juried Exhibition: 37th Annual Juried Show

April 22 – May 21

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 22,

In this year’s 37th Annual Juried
Art Exhibition, Milwaukee student
artists present work in a variety
of mediums. This exhibition will
be juried by local art
professionals who will award
prizes to exhibiting artists. This
exciting annual event showcases
the best work of local emerging
student artists

Some information on the jurors:

Della Wells is a nationally recognized artist whose work is shown in Europe and throughout the United States. She is the president and founder of the artists’ advocacy group ABEA (African American Artists Beginning to Educate Americans about African American Art).

Fold artist Jose Chavez’s work has been exhibited at the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. He is on the Board of Directors at Redline Milwaukee and serves on the Education and Public Programs Committee at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Steve Vande Zande received an MS in the area of leadership with emphasis in the arts from Banks Street College of Education in conjunction with the Parsons New School for Design. he is the President of Redline Milwaukee and an education programmer for the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Collective Memory – Atrium Space

The current Atrium show in the UW-Milwaukee Union will be up for only a couple more days so if you haven’t seen some of this awesome student work yet be sure to stop through.  A description of the work is below and beyond that is a portion of the work in the show:

The works reference mass media visual culture in the manner of contemporary painter Johannes Kahrs: the students were to appropriate from any form of televisual, be it movies, television shows, videos, etc.  They then had to remove the original context and supply a new one by combining these varying images.  They also had to share their televisual pictures through my Classroom without Walls wiki, doubling the theme of ecology and collective constructs.  Issues dealt with also involve Roland Barthes’ essay on the Death of the Author, whereby the original intentions of the depicted films or shows were reinterpreted and recontextualized. A full project description is posted on the Atrium Space’s walls.

Foundations XI: Ecology/Ecologies Opening

The 2010 Foundations opening was packed with interesting art and people alike.  Here are some shots from the opening.  The show closes tomorrow at 5pm so be sure to stop by if you haven’t seen the show yet.  Also, for students just a reminder that pickup times for your work are:

Friday 16th, 5-7pm, Sat/Sun 9-5pm.  Thanks!

Kate Brandt Pink [Opening]

The Kate Brandt Pink opening had an awesome turn out, enhanced by two performance pieces by Kate Brandt and Heather Warren-Crow.  Here are photos of some of the work in the show as well as shots of the opening/performances:

Atrium – Jason Lanka

Jason Lanka’s massive drawings and photos are now on display in the Atrium space in the Union.  They will be up for several weeks.  Here are some images of his work and some information about his work.

Boundary; something that marks or fixes a limit (as of territory). The line that divides one area of land from another.

The space at which our culture comes in contact with the environment inspires my creative work. Much can be understood about the nature of how our society defines its role and place within the natural world by the observation of this boundary.
I seek to address the demarcation of our species’ relationship with the land. Am I of the land or in the land? Each piece made within a lineage of exploration has set out to answer this question. Our identity as people and a nation are so often defined by our place within our environment and how we view our relationship with the natural world.

Kate Brandt Pink – Opening Reception Tomorrow at 5pm!

March 5 – April 2
Opening Reception: Friday, March 5, 5-8pm
Panel Discussion with Kate Brandt, Jennifer Johung, Heather Warren-Crow: Friday, March 12th, 5pm

In 1960, neo-Dada artist Yves Klein made a splash at an exhibition by using nude female models as living paintbrushes, making work with his signature color, International Klein Blue. UWM artist Kate Brandt comments on, confronts, and even exorcises the ghost of this “legendary” artist with a group exhibition of visual performance artists all of whom use her self selected shade of pink. In their work, these contemporary artists address ideas of gender, power roles, race, fame, class issues and more in a variety of mediums, including live performances (at the opening reception), photography, sculpture, video, and painting.

Artists include: Kate Gilmore, Ryan Trecartin, Franko B, Stuart Semple, Heather Warren-Crow, Kate Brandt, Kimberly Brandt, Cassandra Smith, A. Bill Miller, Emily Walley, Kristen Olsen, Naomi Shersty, Sarah Holden, Anna Helgeson, Richard Mutz, and many others.

***Heather Warren-Crow invites viewers to participate in her work by documenting her opening night performance using cell phone cameras. Please make her dream come true by posting a short video to YouTube and emailing the link to

Your video will become part of a playlist that will be exhibited at the Union Art Gallery.

Flora/Fauna – Work by Kako Ueda and Roxanne Jackson

Here are images of the artworks in the show.

Roxanne Jackson

Kako Ueda: