Faculty artwork on exhibit

February 16, 2015
Faculty artwork
Faculty artwork

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. —The artwork of 10 University of Wisconsin-Platteville art faculty and instructional staff members will be on display at the “UW-Platteville Art Faculty Exhibition” March 3 through April 2 in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall.

Exhibition hours will be Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. An opening reception will be held March 3 in the Nohr Gallery from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to everyone.

The exhibition will include a wide variety of artworks, from traditional painting and drawing to sculptural installation in unexpected materials, as well as current art criticism.

Featured artists include Peter Flanary, art lecturer; Bruce Howdle, senior art lecturer; Monica Kmak, art instructor; Richard Moninski, distinguished lecturer of art; Gregory Nelson, assistant art professor; Daniel O’Brien, art lecturer; Tyler Ostergaard, art lecturer; Carole Spelić, senior art lecturer; Diane Sterba, art lecturer; and Steve Vance, art professor.

“The most meaningful aspect of the exhibit is that it will reveal the many different concerns among the instructors, whether content, material or technique,” said Spelić. We are all individuals with hugely varied interests and skills. This show will acknowledge the multiplicity of our separate fascinations within one program.”

“I think visitors will enjoy the liveliness of a gallery space housing diverse and challenging contemporary artworks,” said Spelić. “The opening reception is an excellent opportunity for viewers to discuss the artworks with the artists, which will establish a connection between the artist, his or her ideas and the interpretation of the viewer.”

Nelson said that all of his work is derived from extensive research and various reference sources – and that his inspiration is everywhere. “All forms of art inspire me in different ways and at different times in my life. Currently, I am looking at the line work by artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Matisse, the watercolors of John Marin and the energy of the abstract expressionists. This type of diversity is what drives my energy to create new works.”

According to Moninski, “My current body of work is inspired by the cultural and natural history of New England, where I am from. I often reference the seventeenth century and the interactions of English and Native cultures, as part of a larger reflection on how historical and environmental forces help shape one’s worldview.”

O’Brien said that as a visual artist, he has always been interested in form. “At what point does form leave behind materiality (paint, pastel, etc.) in favor of an image? Does one see the image first, and then the materials, or vice-versa? How do painting and drawing provide the means for this type of inquiry?”

Spelić said the work she will present is the confluence of the subject matter in the Art Survey, Fibers and Fabrics and Three-Dimensional Design courses she teaches. “I have been inspired by minimalist sculptures and created very basic, geometric forms which then acquire a highly decorative surface via the application of a textile ‘skin.’ Being an artist in this meta-modern decade gives me permission to combine my main interests, regardless of how eclectic they are.  It’s energizing.”

For more information about the exhibition, contact the Nohr Gallery at nohr_gallery@uwplatt.edu or 608-342-1737.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The UW-Platteville Art Faculty Exhibition aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region. 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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