Arts & Culture

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Students take center stage as the annual One Act Festival returns

Authored on: Apr 04, 2022, Written by: Ann Farrelly
The Department of Performing and Visual Arts and Pioneer Players will conclude their theatre season with the return of the annual One Act Festival: An Evening of Short Plays, May 5-7.

Benjamin Lippincott as William Shakespeare

The Pioneer Players’ return to live theatre continues with the hilarious musical “Something Rotten!”

Authored on: Mar 03, 2022, Written by: Ann Farrelly
The Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will continue their comeback season with the Broadway hit musical, “Something Rotten!”

Exhibit in Nohr gallery

Nohr Gallery announces opening of new exhibit

Authored on: Jan 01, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
The Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery will host an exhibit by artist Carole Spelić from Monday, Jan. 24 through Friday, Feb. 25.

2019 Holiday Gala

UW-Platteville to hold annual Holiday Gala

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: Kristie Reynolds
UW-Platteville will hold its 25th annual Holiday Gala on Dec. 3 and 4 in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, at 7:30 p.m.

Jon Hutson (front) and Tamunoimi Fenibo Opusunju (back)

Pioneer Players present a Doctor Faustus for the 21st century

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
UW-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will present Christopher Marlowe’s classic tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil, “Doctor Faustus,” Dec. 1-5.  

Mariela Shaker

Syrian refugee to discuss civil liberties through her music and journey to the United States

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Syrian refugee Mariela Shaker will perform and speak on the topic of civil liberties at UW-Platteville on Monday, Nov. 22. The presentation will be held in the Richard & Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Baraboo Sauk County campus

‘The God Committee’ to be performed Nov. 18-21 at UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: John Christensen
UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County's fall play, “The God Committee,” by Mark St. Germain, dramatizes a hospital transplant committee's deliberation and the ethical issues its members face.  Performances are Nov. 18-21.

Pictured (left to right) are Jon Hutson as Jake and Isabelle Sander as Beth.

Live theatre returns with the Pioneer Players production of Sam Shepard’s 'A Lie of the Mind'

Authored on: Oct 10, 2021, Written by: Ann Farrelly
Live theatre performances return to the Center for the Arts as the Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players open their 2021-2022 season with the classic Sam Shepard play, “A Lie of the Mind.”

Bright Star cast

The Platteville Summer Arts Festival presents the musical “Bright Star”

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Ann Dillon Farrelly, Performing and Visual Arts

Live theatre returns to the Center for the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville when the Department of Performing and Visuals Arts and the Platteville Summer Arts Festival presents the musical “Bright Star.” Inspired by the true story of the Iron Mountain Baby, this musical by comedian and actor Steve Martin and musician Edie Brickell


Dan O'Brien

O’Brien selected to display paintings at DuMA Biennial Exhibit

Authored on: Jun 06, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Daniel O’Brien, University of Wisconsin-Platteville lecturer of art, will have three of his paintings on display at the Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) Biennial Exhibit running from Saturday, June 26-Oct. 31.

Dr. Bob Demaree

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Bob Demaree

Authored on: Apr 04, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Growing up, Dr. Bob Demaree, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville was surrounded by music. In 1992, he joined UW-Platteville.

Melanie Bisbach

Art student awarded undergraduate research scholarship, developing porcelain recipe

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Melanie Bisbach, a cross-disciplinary fine arts major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is turning her passion into an undergraduate research project titled, “Understanding Porcelains and Ceramic Materials.” Bisbach, a sophomore from Dodgeville, Wisconsin, is developing her own po


Senior recital

Collaboration helps senior recital become a reality

Authored on: Dec 12, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Taking the stage in a mask and performing in front of a sparse audience was likely not how senior Brittany Lasko pictured her last flute recital at UW-Platteville. However, the music education and music non-teaching major said she is grateful that through dedication and collaboration of faculty and staff, her senior recital still went on amid the pandemic.

Melanie Bisbach

Second-year art student’s work selected for international exhibit

Authored on: Dec 12, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
The artwork of Melanie Bisbach, a sophomore cross-disciplinary fine arts major from Dodgeville, Wisconsin, was recently selected to be part of an international online exhibit. Bisbach’s entry was one of just over 80 pieces selected from 797 worldwide entries for the BOUNDLESS exhibit, sponsored by Art Fluent.

Jon Hutson, as Kate, and Isabelle Sander, as Petruchio, in "The Taming of the Shrew."

Pioneers Players return with some socially-distant Shakespeare

Authored on: Nov 11, 2020, Written by: Maddie Harbour, fine arts-theatre major
UW-Platteville's Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will kick off their 2020-2021 season with William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Kaley Mumma during her 2019 internship growing tomatoes on roof of Glenview Commons.

Mumma presents research marking 19th amendment anniversary

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Kaley Mumma, a senior from Byron, Illinois, was selected to present at the 2020 Red River Women’s Studies Conference, hosted by North Dakota State University last week. The conference’s theme, “Imperfect History,” marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

Dr. Phillip Gordon

Gordon publishes additional work after release of his book on Faulkner

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
In recent months, Dr. Phillip Gordon, associate professor of English and Gay Studies coordinator at UW-Platteville, has received continued recognition for his book, “Gay Faulkner: Uncovering a Homosexual Presence in Yoknapatawpha and Beyond,” including a newly published essay, an upcoming article and delivery of a keynote speech at a United Kingdom conference.

Sara Ditchman with artwork in gallery

Fine arts major presents ‘Pandemic’ sculpture in exhibition

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
The sculpture is titled “Pandemic” and for University of Wisconsin-Platteville fine arts major Sara Ditchman, it’s a reflection of the uncertainty of COVID-19. Ditchman was selected to present her piece at the Water Street Studios 11th Anniversary Show: Create-in-Place in Batavia, Illinois.

Dr. Ann Farrelly teaches classes in the theatre.

The show must go on: Performing and Visual Arts finds creative solutions to welcome students

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Creativity is nothing new to faculty in the Department of Performing and Visual Arts. But, the COVID-19 pandemic put their creativity to a new test this summer, as they planned for how to safely instruct students in theatre, music and art — areas that normally involve hands-on learning.

Book cover

Isbister publishes anthology of work from Chinese women writers

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Dong Isbister, University of Wisconsin-Platteville associate professor of women and gender studies, recently published an anthology she co-edited titled “Chinese Women Writers on the Environment: A Multi-ethnic Anthology of Fiction and Nonfiction.”

Dr. Phillip Gordon

Gordon to give two presentations on recently published book to mark Pride Month

Authored on: Jun 06, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Phillip Gordon is scheduled to give two online presentations in the coming weeks to discuss his recently published book “Gay Faulkner: Uncovering a Homosexual Presence and Beyond” (December 2019, University Press of Mississippi).

Scott Steder

Pioneer Spotlight: Scott Steder

Authored on: May 05, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Scott Steder, a lecturer of art at UW-Platteville since fall 2017, teaches courses in sculpture, drawing, professional practices and all levels of ceramics. He was first drawn to the field of art in high school, when he took a ceramics class, and he never looked back.

Blair Schuler discusses trim options with design mentor Sarah Strange in the UW-Platteville Costume Studio

Schuler flourishes in UW-Platteville Theatre Program

Authored on: Apr 04, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
For as long as she can remember, Blair Schuler, a senior theatre major at UW-Platteville, has loved performing. When she graduates from UW-Platteville this May, she hopes to pursue a career in theatre performance and/or costume design.

Jon Hutson (James Tyrone), Logan Eigenberger (as Edmund Tyrone), Andrew Arevalo (Jamie Tyrone)

Pioneer Players tackle an American tragedy in Eugene O'Neill's ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’

Authored on: Feb 02, 2020, Written by: Maddie Harbour
The Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will continue their 2019-20 season with the classic Eugene O’Neill masterpiece, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

Brady Zink and Sam Horsnell

EMS students showcase their ‘Kiln Rats’ pottery in Nohr Gallery

Authored on: Feb 02, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Two students from the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science are using a creative outlet to enhance their education. Brady Zink and Sam Horsnell share a passion of science and ceramics, which has led their collection of pottery — titled Kiln Rats — to be showcased in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery until March 3.

Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir performs, explores British culture in London

Authored on: Feb 02, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Thirty-seven University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chamber Choir students and faculty recently enjoyed a whirlwind of cultural experiences in London, England, as part of “London Calling,” a short-term, faculty-led program.

greg Nelson

Pioneer Spotlight: Greg Nelson

Authored on: Jan 01, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
From the moment Greg Nelson began teaching studio art courses in graphic design and printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in August 2002, his goal has been to share his experiences and knowledge of the industry with his students to help them succeed.

Terry Burns

Forum to examine disappearance of Native American ‘Two Spirits’

Authored on: Jan 01, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
On Thursday, Feb. 6, the College of Liberal Arts and Education will host a faculty forum, “Where Have the Two Spirits Gone?” in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m.

Book cover

Gordon pens book on Faulkner’s ties to LGBTQ literature and culture

Authored on: Jan 01, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Pip Gordon, associate professor of English and Gay Studies coordinator at UW-Platteville, explores Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner’s ties to LGBTQ literature and culture in his recently-published book, “Gay Faulkner: Uncovering a Homosexual Presence in Yoknapatawpha and Beyond.”

Digital brush

Students create virtual art using Google Tilt Brush

Authored on: Dec 12, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Eight students recently had an opportunity to draw and paint in three-dimensional space using the Vive Virtual Reality System and Google Tilt Brush software in the university’s Virtual Reality Room, located in Karrmann Library.

Prairie Hills

Alumna’s business to be featured in Etsy holiday ad

Authored on: Nov 11, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
UW-Platteville alumna Beth (Martin) Digman, recently received some very exciting news: her pottery business, Prairie Hills Pottery, will be featured in this year’s Etsy holiday advertising campaign.

Leah Ball as Janet Weiss, Logan Eigenberger as Frank N Furter, and Jon Hutson as Brad Majors.

Come to the lab and see what’s on the slab at the Pioneer Players’ production of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Madison Harbour
The Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will begin their 2019-20 season with the cult classic musical, “The Rocky Horror Show.”

Image from Get Out Movie

Forum to examine how satire in horror films exposes systemic societal issues

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the College of Liberal Arts and Education will host a faculty forum, “Satire in Horror Films,” in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m.

Dr. Dong Isbister

Isbister co-authors book chapter on connection between healing, vegetal world

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Dong Isbister, associate professor of women’s and gender studies, and two co-authors recently wrote a chapter in the book “Chinese Environmental Humanities: Practices of Environing at the Margins,” published by Palgrave Macmillan in August.

Acoustic Eidolon

Performing Arts Series announces new season

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
UW-Platteville announced the 2019-20 Performing Arts Series lineup. The new season will connect with people of all ages ranging from vocal, jazz, comedy, Broadway, instrumental, chamber, one-man show and dance.

Big Fish

Platteville Summer Arts Festival presents ‘Big Fish’

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visuals Arts and the Platteville Summer Arts Festival will present the musical “Big Fish.”


Love Letters by A.R. Gurney

Den Herder and Schuler return for Platteville Summer Arts Festival production of ‘Love Letters’

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts and the Platteville Summer Arts Festival will present A.R. Gurney’s classic play “Love Letters,” featuring former associate professor of theatre Dr. David Schuler and former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Mittie Den Herder.


Mitchel Tenpenny and Chris Lane

Headliners announced for Welcome Back concert

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Country breakout artists Mitchell Tenpenny and Chris Lane will take center stage at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Welcome Back concert on Monday, Sept. 2. The concert will be held in Williams Fieldhouse with doors opening at 6 p.m.


Dr. Barry Ellis

Nearly $30,000 raised for Barry L. Ellis Music Scholarship Fund

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Nearly $30,000 has been raised, to date, for the Barry L. Ellis Music Scholarship Fund. The fund was created by UW-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts and Ellis’s wife Terri in memory of Dr. Barry Ellis, who passed away suddenly in October.


Big Fish

Platteville Summer Arts Festival returns for its second season

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

After a very successful inaugural season, the Platteville Summer Arts Festival will return this summer, once again bringing a host of music, art and theatre events to the community.


Rededication ceremony

Rededication ceremony honors Patricia A. Doyle

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville held a ceremony on Monday to honor the late Patricia A. Doyle and rededicate the Patricia A. Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality in her memory. The rededication ceremony was held as part of the center’s annual end-of-the-year celebration.


Student winners pictured with Yasmin Boakye, Dr. Stormy Stipe, and Dr. Kara Candito.

Contest winners read at 2019 Creative Writing Festival

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Nine University of Wisconsin-Platteville student winners of the 2019 Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Contest recently read their winning works alongside Pushcart Prize-nominated writer Yasmin Boakye at the 12th annual Creative Writing Festival in the Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall.


Students participate in service learning trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Students travel to Minneapolis for service learning trip

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Eight University of Wisconsin-Platteville students and two academic staff members from the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to engage in community based service.


Blair Schuler

Theatre students present at Pioneer Creative Activities and Research Day

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

University of Wisconsin-Platteville students showcased their senior design projects, research and scholarly activity at the second annual Pioneer Creative Activities and Research Day. It took place on April 24 in Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall.


2018 One Act Festival

Students take charge in 2019 One Act Festival

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts and Pioneer Players will conclude their theatre season with the annual One Act Festival: An Evening of Short Plays. The production opens on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. and continues with evening performances on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.


4W Summit group

Students, faculty, staff, alumni present research at 4W Summit

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville had a strong presence at the fourth annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender, and Well-Being and the 42nd annual Wisconsin Women’s and Gender Studies Conference held April 11-13 at UW-Madison, with four students and 10 faculty, staff and alumni showcasing their research on women, gender and well-being in a variet


UW-Platteville Richland campus

Hynek documents a life dedicated to the preservation of prehistoric Native American culture

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: John Christensen

Although his higher education career hasn’t always taken a traditional path, Chris Hynek has always known about history, in particular his father’s own public history work documents.  Hynek has painstakingly archived and digitized the quarterly journal Prehistoric Americanof which his father was the long-time editor.


Chesney Snow

Award-winning NYC-based theatre artist to speak at UW-Platteville

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Chesney Snow, an award-winning, New York City-based theatre artist and an alumnus of Platteville High School (’97), will present “American Inequality and the Functionality of the Arts” and the documentary “American Beatboxer” at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Lundeen Lecture Hall on Wednesday,


Sweeney Todd

Come to the best pub in London for Pioneer Players’ production of ‘Sweeney Todd’

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will continue their 2018-2019 season with the sinister and popular musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”


Summer band camp

UW-Platteville to host 52nd annual band camp

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

This year marks the 52nd year of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Pioneer Summer Band Camp to be held Sunday, July 7-Saturday, July 13. 


Fool for Love

Pioneer Players to present Sam Shepard’s ‘Fool for Love’

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Ann Dillon Farrelly

UW-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will present Sam Shepard’s powerful 1983 play, “Fool for Love.” Performances are Feb. 13 at 11 a.m., Feb. 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Theatre.