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Thursday, February 25, 2010

RecycleMania catches hold in UWP Art Department

PLATTEVILLE- Students in the art program, part of the department of performing and visual arts at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, have taken ownership of RecycleMania's key tenets: reduce, reuse, recycle. Over the course of the semester, UWP art students have been reusing materials in art projects to create recycled works of their own.

One student, Ciera Adams, a junior from Mazomanie majoring in comprehensive art, collected nearly 300 cardboard sleeves used to insulate coffee cups and fashioned a dress, which she modeled at the RecycleMania table in the Pioneer Student Center on Feb. 23. The dress, held together with hot glue and Velcro, also included surgical masks and small amounts of cloth for structure. The project, part of a 3-D basic design class taught by Richard Moninski, senior lecturer in the UWP art program, required students to create wearable sculpture out of non-typical clothing materials. "I have a background in fashion and an associate degree in fashion marketing from Madison Area Technical College," said Adams, "so I preferred to work from that perspective. One person in the class made a cocoon; another who recently had a baby made a pregnancy outfit out of crayon, so there was quite a bit of variety."

For another class, Bart Conklin fabricated a housefly of unusually large proportion out of salvaged sheet metal. According to Conklin, a sophomore from Green Bay, the project just came to mind while looking at a pile of scrap metal. He used 1/8-inch steel and an oxyacetylene torch, a hammer, sandblaster and welder to construct his housefly, which weighs between 15 and 20 pounds. The fly is about 13 inches in length and just as long from wingtip to wingtip.

Also, the UWP Art Club and RecycleMania will be hosting a clothing swap the week after spring break on Thursday, March 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the University South Room in the Pioneer Student Center on the UWP campus. Students are invited to bring items that are collecting dust, but too nice to throw away, and exchange them for unwanted items of other participants. "Most college students have a bedroom full of stuff they never want to see again and this is a great way to get rid of some of it," said Holley McLellan, senior Art Club president and comprehensive art major from Platteville. "If students are comfortable donating their excess, at the event's end we will be giving the remaining clothes to Goodwill."

Those interested must sign up before spring break by e-mailing their name and contact information as well as what they plan to bring to McLellan at

Over the first four weeks of the RecycleMania competition, UWP has recycled, on average, 6,105 pounds of materials per week. UWP's average weekly recycling rate, which combines trash and core recycling materials to determine the recycling rate as a percentage of overall waste generation, is 41.67 percent.

For more information about UWP's participation in RecycleMania, go online at

Contact: Barb Daus, special assistant to the chancellor, UWP Chancellor's Office, (608) 342-1282, Written by: Ian Clark, UWP Office of Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,

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