Arts & Culture

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.

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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.

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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.