Final week: Vets. Book Project, solo/student shows
Finals Week 2012 at UW-Parkside also happens to be the final week for three ongoing art exhibitions and the final student art show of spring semester. From the "Veterans Book Project," to joint solo shows by artists Eileen Mueller Neill and David Rowe, to the Senior Animation Show, the exhibitions take place in the galleries of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities.
In the UW-Parkside Foundation Gallery, the Veterans Book Project (VBP) continues. 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 turned their words about and images of these conflicts into softbound books to become a part of this growing library. The exhibition closes Saturday, May 12.
The exhibitions "Imaginaries"and "Aesthetic Constructions" are in the Fine Arts Gallery. On the lower level, Rowe's large sculptures suggest ships, drilling rigs, and massive satellite cities of the kind described in science fiction novels. On the 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. Don't miss the giant donut! Both run through this Saturday.
Opening today and continuing through Saturday is the Senior Animation Show. The moving art of UW-Parkside students Joe Baumgartner, Jessica Chagdes, Shawn McCarter, John Nelson, and Ashley Todd is on display in the Emile H. Mathis Gallery. Get an eyeful of this cartoon-ery!
Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday noon to 6 p.m., Thursday noon to 8 p.m., Friday noon to 4 p.m., and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. The galleries can also be toured by school or community groups by appointment. Admission is free.For more information, call the UW-Parkside Fine Arts Office at 262-595-2457 or visit www.parksidegallerynews.com on the web.