Art lecturer's works featured at Rountree Gallery

August 5, 2014
\kən-'strəkt\ \'kän-strəkt\

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. —The art works of a University of Wisconsin-Platteville art lecturer and a Grant County, Wis., artist will be featured at the “\kən-'strəkt\ \'kän-strəkt\” art exhibition at Rountree Gallery in Platteville, through Aug. 24.

The two featured artists include Carole Spelic', a senior lecturer at UW-Platteville who is also an artist and musician, and Tisha Sandberg, a Grant County artist who served as arts and culture coordinator at UW-Platteville for two years.

The two- and three-dimensional, mixed material art exhibition was a collaborative effort between UW-Platteville, the City of Platteville and the Platteville community, and both artists hope the exhibit will engage community members in conversations about process, material, aesthetics, professionalism and content.

The exhibit will be on display during regular gallery hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 12-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Community members met the artists at a special reception held at the gallery on Aug. 3.

The title of the exhibition, “\kən-'strəkt\ \'kän-strəkt\,” reflects the artists’ interest in how things are constructed physically as well as the intellectual construct behind the artworks.

In the exhibition, Spelic' has a number of paper mache’ sculptures with patterning on a variety of themes, from traditional Tibetan tiger rugs to regional Native American earthworks and artifacts, while Sandberg combines materials and techniques from quilting, beading, printmaking and paper arts to create a variety of different artworks. The artists are also showing seven collaborative collage pieces which acknowledge, according to Spelic', their “somewhat hidden surrealist mindsets.”

Spelic' said that the most enjoyable aspect of the exhibit is a view of the permissiveness of the artists in their output. “You’ll see the artists’ aesthetic evolve over time, with the message that change is good, necessary and enlivening,” she said. “Sometimes we get caught up in repetition and consistency, which prevents us from expressing and exploring new ideas. That’s not helpful in terms of development. The most rewarding thing about creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional art works in mixed materials is the unexpected, thrilling interaction of textures.”

Sandberg said she most enjoys the interplay between her wall pieces and Spelic'’s sculptural work. “It gives a feeling of being ‘inside’ the exhibit and encourages the viewer to wander through the space and observe the artwork from different perspectives,” she said. “For me, the most rewarding thing about creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional art works in mixed materials is the range of different work one can create with the same small set of materials.”

In addition to teaching Art History, Three-Dimensional Design, and Fibers and Fabrics at UW-Platteville, Spelic' exhibits her artwork both regionally and nationally and leads a variety of art and craft workshops for adults and children at the Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point, Wis.

Sandberg currently works from a home studio high above the Mississippi River in rural Grant County. She teaches and exhibits in a variety of venues throughout the Midwest. When she served as the arts and culture coordinator at UW-Platteville, she coordinated the ArtsBuild program as well as the Sewing and Quilting Expo.

Contact: Carole Spelic’, senior lecturer, 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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