At the Rita: Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities

in the galleries

Exhibition at gallery

Triple Double: Artists Using Sport to Influence Culture

Marcela Torres, Dylan Miner, Nicolas Lampert, Vedale Hill

Sep 3-Oct 25  |  Fine Arts Gallery
Reception Sep 19  |  4-6 pm

Sports are ever-present in American culture. Athletes are given an incredible platform and expected to entertain; but sports have always been more than just a game. Athletes are citizens, citizens with huge voices.

Whether it is the black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics, the Phoenix Suns wearing Los Suns jerseys in opposition to Arizona’s immigration law SB 1070, the increasingly frequent coming out of gay athletes, or Kaepernick taking a knee; athletes use their unique positions as idols and influencers to change our cultural consciousness, often at great risk to their careers. It is worth noting the large role visual culture plays in each of these examples. When art and athletics are combined, the result is often powerful cultural impact. The artists in this exhibition carry this spirit, not satisfied to exist merely in the worlds of art or sport, they use these languages to examine larger cultural phenomena.

Dylan Miner, American artist of Metis and settler descent and Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies at Michigan State University, will exhibit the project, A bundle of Twigs (is strong). For this project he carved 30 portraits of Indigenous Major League Baseball players into baseball bats. Each bat becomes a portrait of a specific player and each bat is inked and a relief printmaking technique is used to print on paper. The finished work includes the bats and the paper.

Website

Marcela Torres confronts the viewer with embodied research and protest into contemporary American social structures. Torres is a performance artist using Mixed Martial Arts whose audience ranges from art viewers to MMA fans. She has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and has exhibited at Petzel Gallery (NYC). Her works ask the questions, “Will you care if someone hurts me? Or am I just another nameless body?”

Website

Nicolas Lampert, a Milwaukee based interdisciplinary artist with work in the Museum of Modern Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Library of Congress, will exhibit the project, Sports/Climate. For this project one timeline visualizes the climate emergency and the planet’s rising Co2 levels. It is paired with a second timeline - the changes in the hat design for the Milwaukee Brewers over the past fifty years. Visualizing the climate emergency with objects (baseball hats) that are easily recognizable is a means to educate and inform about the vast changes in Co2 levels over a short time period and the urgent need to collectively combat this planetary emergency.

Website

Vedale Hill is co-owner of Jazale’s art studio, an arts and education studio servicing Milwaukee youth ages 5-18. For his project Hoop Dreams Vedale works with youth to create improvised basketball hoops. Youth learn carpentry and measuring skills when making these hoops, while also creating public spaces to gather and play. For this exhibition Hill made a series of paintings that use basketball to speak to larger concerns about urban black life.

Website


Straight Laced, a solo exhibition by Jacqueline Surdell is adjacent to this exhibition both in proximity and theme. Surdell is an interdisciplinary artist and former collegiate athlete. Surdell’s work draws from the rigorous discipline and directed stamina she practiced in her own athletic career, providing a lens for translating and abstracting the contemporary body. Surdell’s large-scale installations draw attention to the tools and environments containing and displaying performances of power and skill, questioning the boundary between artist and athlete — challenging the internalized and gendered rules we use to give each meaning. Surdell, MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has recently exhibited at South Bend Art Museum, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, and Western Exhibitions, Chicago.

Website

H.O.R.S.E.

H.O.R.S.E. 

A participatory performance by Marcela Torres

Oct 17  |  4-5 pm  |  Fine Arts Gallery

Marcela is a martial arts practitioner and visual artist whose projects investigate issues of representation around race and identity, using a diversity of approaches as both an artist and athlete. 

H.O.R.S.E. is both an artist talk as much as a participatory game. Torres will introduce their practice and speak towards ideas of performance history and theory, along with parallel prompts and games activating the audience. This format is meant to embed knowledge as a bodily sense of memory. Put more plainly we learn best when we're having fun. 

Jacqueline Surdell Detail of work

Jacqueline Surdell: Straight Laced


Sep 3-Oct 9  |  Foundation Gallery
Reception Sep 19  |  4-6 pm

Jacqueline Surdell is an interdisciplinary artist and former collegiate athlete. Surdell’s work draws from the rigorous discipline and directed stamina she practiced in her own athletic career, providing a lens for translating and abstracting the contemporary body. Surdell’s large-scale installations draw attention to the tools and environments containing and displaying performances of power and skill, questioning the boundary between artist and athlete — challenging the internalized and gendered rules we use to give each meaning.

Website

Postcards from Italy

Postcards from Italy


Sep 3-Oct 23  |  Mathis Gallery
Reception Sep 19  |  4-6 pm

View the diverse work inspired by a group of student artists whose study abroad tour of Italy focused on the study of ancient and Renaissance art and architecture. Led by Carey Watters, Tom Berenz, and Patricia Briggs, students attended a combination of museums, archeological sites, and cultural activities while in Italy. Students completed a series of drawing assignments on location and recorded their daily activities with small drawings and watercolor studies on postcards. These postcards were sent back to Kenosha, Wisconsin, from various locations in Italy. The cities visited—Florence, Rome, Venice, and Naples—represent some of the finest examples of art and architecture in the world. In Florence, students were exposed to the foundation of Renaissance art and architecture. Students spent two days immersed in international Contemporary art in Venice. While in Rome, students toured ancient archeological sites, museums, and churches. Near Naples, participants explored the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and visit Paestum, one of the most well preserved Greek temple sites.

Student artists: Amber Clark, Tristan Eaves, Taylor Guggino, Nai Herrera, Nina Marqui, Alyssa Montes De Oca, Emily Parma, Anna Pitts, Mairead Quill, Mary Scott, and Taylor Van Pamel
 

COMING SOON IN THE GALLERIES

Fine Arts Gallery

 

Esther Pearl Watson: Dream Believer
Fine Arts Gallery, upper level
Nov 5-Jan 24  |  Reception Nov 7
Zine Workshop  |  Nov 6

Kevin Miyazaki: Kuroshio
FIne Arts Gallery, lower level
Nov 5-Jan 24  |  Reception Nov 7

 

Mathis Gallery

 

Art Party Exhibition
Nov 1-14  |  Reception Nov 14

Deanna Antony: What Remains
Nov 20-Dec 17  |  Reception Nov 14
Artist Talk  |  Nov 21
 

Foundation Gallery

 

Kristen Bartel: LANDSCAPES
Oct 15-Nov 15  |  Reception Nov 7

AIGA Parkside Pop Up Shop
Nov 20-23

2D and 3D Foundations
Nov 27-Dec 13

 

Gallery Hours

Tue-Fri  |  9 am-4 pm

Closed weekends and holidays

Gallery Director
Colin Matthes
262-595-2565
gallery@uwp.edu

About Parkside Galleries

We are educationally-driven with thematically-focused, interdisciplinary exhibitions. Although we do not have the staff to actively review all exhibition submissions, we invite artists to introduce themselves by sending an email with a link to a website address. We are always on the lookout for new and interesting work, especially if it intersects with our educational mission.

Box Office

262-595-2564
boxoffice@uwp.edu

The Rita, Ground Floor
900 Wood Rd. 
Kenosha, WI 53144
Parking: Lot B, C

About The Rita

Since 1968, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has continued to build a reputation as an outstanding liberal arts institution with particularly strong fine arts programs. With The Rita Tallent Picken Center for Arts & Humanities, our state-of-the-art instructional facilities and stunning performance venues match our award-winning academic programs and provide even greater community access. Learn more about The RIta.

Directions to The Rita  |  Download Campus Map

Scroll to top