1. Anne Basting named UW-Milwaukee’s first MacArthur ‘genius’

    Theater professor Anne Basting has been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, making her the first UWM faculty member to earn the esteemed MacArthur Foundation’s highest honor. Basting, 51, was one of 23 new fellows announced by the foundation late Wednesday night, and each will receive $625,000 to pursue whatever projects they desire. The unrestricted fellowships,

  2. UW-Stevens Point arts management connects people to art, passion

    Zach Larson

    Zach Larson, like many students, initially was drawn to the arts management program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point because he enjoyed theater and performing in high school. What he and others have learned is that arts management is much more about people and connections to art, rather than about art itself. “I never knew

  3. [art]ifact: History inspires artwork in La Crosse

    UW-La Crosse Associate Professor of Art Brad Nichols created work for the [art]ifact exhibit, along with 15 other community artists. UWL student Ariel Reker and classmates presented the original project idea for [art]ifact as a capstone project in and Introduction to Public and Policy History course in the fall 2013. Since then, several classes moved the project forward from artifact analysis and research to curatorial work and programming. The project was made possible through a partnership among the Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse County Historical Society and UWL’s History Department.

    A women’s mink muff from the 1920s was the last thing UW-La Crosse (UWL) metalsmith Brad Nichols thought he could use for artistic inspiration. But as Nichols, a UWL associate professor of art, learned more about the history of the object — the story of social status wrapped up in this consumer product — his

  4. UW-Whitewater metals and jewelry student forms art with meaning

    Jason "JJ" Thomson

    Since he was a boy, Jason “JJ” Thomson has struggled with spelling and comprehending words. Creating objects in copper, brass and sterling silver as an art student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Thomson learns more about his learning disability — and shares his journey with others. When the senior begins one of his woven metal

  5. Picturing the story: UW-Stout art professor depicts children’s book characters in mural at elementary school

    MENOMONIE — If pictures are worth 1,000 words, a wall at River Heights Elementary School has plenty to say. The mural created by a parent and art teacher depicts characters from about 32 different books and 30 illustrators. Tami Weiss, who is the executive director of Arts Integration Menomonie, or AIM, and teaches art at

  6. Pow wows to film fests, UWM student’s chronicle of a culture finds an audience

    UWM student filmmaker Sky Hopinka explores Ho-Chunk family and heritage in his prize-winning experimental film,“Jáaji Approx.”

    In “Jáaji Approx.”, filmmaker Sky Hopinka takes viewers on an abstract journey through places, time and a life. The seven-minute experimental film, which has already won a number of awards, combines breathtaking scenery, Ho-Chunk stories and music and an exploration of the bond between father and son. Hopinka, a filmmaker enrolled in graduate school in

  7. Professional dancers come to UWM to enhance their careers

    Davalois Fearon (center) rehearses with dancers Chloë Nagle, a recent BFA dance graduate, and Chelsey Becher, a sophomore in dance who spent a semester abroad in Paris (UWM Photo/Derek Rickert)

    Dancing is a lifelong passion for Davalois Fearon, a New York-based dancer, teacher and choreographer who has performed around the world. She is now also a student in UW-Milwaukee’s Master of Fine Arts in performing arts: dance – a degree designed for professionals such as Fearon, who promises: “I plan on dancing until I die.”

  8. Getting the Rift: UW-Stout students use virtual reality technology for game prototypes

    Students use the Oculus Rift in the Game Design and Development computer lab during winter term classes Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Students in the game design and development program will once again travel to L.A. to present their projects to the Jim Henson Company. This time, they are working with the Oculus Rift, a head-mounted virtual reality display.(UW-Stout photo by Brett T. Roseman)

    Menomonie, Wis. — Virtual reality technology became a reality during winter break for 16 students at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Students in the Interactive Environments class worked with the cutting-edge device Oculus Rift as they developed ideas for two video games. The three-week Winterm class, in the new Bachelor of Fine Arts in game design and

  9. UW-Stout project takes AIM at teacher support, retention through the arts

    women with preschoolers

    Menomonie, Wis. — During the next two years, University of Wisconsin-Stout will launch Arts Integration Menomonie to support teacher candidates and retain early career teachers in the Menomonie school district. AIM is taking direct aim at infusing arts into the curricular and instructional tool belt of city kindergarten through third-grade teachers and in the art

  10. Motion Capture at UW-Whitewater

    men with computer

    From gaming to science to physical therapy, the possibilities are endless for students learning in UW-Whitewater’s motion capture studio.