Art exhibit reflects history of Wisconsin’s people and land

April 1, 2014
Art Exhibit

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — In conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Wisconsin History Symposium 2014 – People and the Land, to be held April 3-5, the university will host an exhibition of artwork created by local, state and regional artists that reflects the history of Wisconsin’s people and the land. The exhibition will be on view through Friday, April 11.

A reception will be held on Friday, April 4, in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery from 4:30-7 p.m. to provide an opportunity for university students, faculty, staff and community members to meet the artists, view the artworks on display and talk with others about Wisconsin history.

Artwork in many mediums is represented in the exhibition, including painting, woodworking, basketry, collage, photography, printmaking and fiber. The works of art represent views of Wisconsin’s landscape, the wide variety of its current citizens, personal interpretations of Wisconsin experiences, abstractions of concepts pertaining to the environment and explorations of pre-colonial history.

“The exhibit will provide an interesting, educational way for people to understand the rich historical, cultural and environmental history of the state of Wisconsin,” said Carole Spelic', art lecturer at UW-Platteville. “Visitors may find reflections of themselves – a shared interest in the subject matter, aesthetic sense or process – in the artwork. This provides an entry point into a further examination of what it means to be a contemporary individual in the continuum of history in this location.”

“The People and the Land exhibition is a snapshot of the remarkable quality of our regional artists’ production,” added Spelic'. “With more than 50 artworks from 23 local, state and regional artists, it reflects the wide variety of concerns and the diversity of approaches coming from this group.”

In addition to the art exhibit, the symposium will include presentations about Wisconsin’s history from professional historians and local history experts. Participants will be able to choose from more than 35 topics, including the early years of the Lead Mine District; the history of land use in Wisconsin; prehistoric and historic archaeology; the struggle of minorities and women in Wisconsin history; and more. There will be a strong emphasis on Native American history in the state.

Contact: Carole Spelic', Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-7301,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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