UW-Parkside debuts trio of art exhibitions
The art galleries at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside host three new exhibitions each starting Tuesday, March 27. From the "Veterans Book Project," to joint solo shows by artists Eileen Mueller Neill and David Rowe, to the best recent work by UW-Parkside students, each exhibition takes place in the beautiful new Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha.
The UW-Parkside Foundation Gallery presents the Veterans Book Project (VBP). Created by artist Monica Haller, VBP is a library of books written by vets or someone close to a vet--a spouse, a brother--about their war experience. Haller conducts workshops in which veterans turn their words about and images of these conflicts into softbound books to become a part of this growing library. The exhibition is also showing at Carthage College, Kenosha Civil War Museum, and the Racine Art Council's ArtSpace Gallery. It continues through May 12.
The dual exhibitions "Imaginings" and "Aesthetic Constructions" are shown in the university's Fine Arts Gallery. On the gallery's lower level, Rowe's large sculptures suggest ships, drilling rigs, and massive satellite cities of the kind described in science fiction novels. On the gallery's upper deck, Mueller Neill's brightly colored constructions depict tiny imaginary worlds built among the tendrils of electrical cords and playfully crawling inside the plumbing. Both exhibitions run through May 12.
In the Emile H. Mathis Gallery, the UW-Parkside Artisan Craftsman Establishment (ACE) student art club presents a Juried Student Exhibition. With pieces judged and selected by an off-campus professional active in the art community, this show features works submitted by art students and non-art majors from across the campus. The exhibition runs from March 27 to April 14.
Admission to each exhibition is free. The galleries are open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m. The galleries can also be toured by school or community groups by appointment.For more information, call the UW-Parkside Fine Arts Office at 262-595-2457 or visit www.parksidegallerynews.com on the web.