Friday Features - Nov. 17, 2017

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Friday Feature
November 17, 2017
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Students being led on a tour

Students see world-class art at Art Institute of Chicago

More than 40 University of Wisconsin-Platteville students recently had an opportunity to view world-class art collections of Classical, early Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu, Meso-American and East Asian art during a tour of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

Students are enrolled in Art History I: Ancient to Medieval, taught by Dr. Tyler Ostergaard, assistant professor of art history at UW-Platteville and trip organizer. They were from a variety of disciplines, ranging from engineering to fine arts and from business administration to criminal justice.

While at the museum, they participated in a “Self(ie) project,” applying their knowledge from class to find works throughout the museum – from Greek Classical statuary to Mayan frescos to the Modern wings – and then taking photos of themselves with the works. 

The purpose of the trip was to provide students with the unique experience of seeing art objects in person.

“Standing before a great work of art, you are transported to the moment of creation and can grasp something of its significance, meaning and power,” said Ostergaard. “For some, this was one of many experiences they have had in the museum. For others, this was their first time in a world-class museum – and, for some, even their first time in Chicago. I was extremely excited to share that experience with our students.”

Ostergaard said that he believed every student on the trip had a personal experience before an art work. “Talking to the students after the trip, everyone had stories about a great work they found or a famous work they did not know was going to be there,” he said. “I was particularly thrilled by the number of students who found works they really enjoyed which were not part of our formal activities.”

“I’ve always wanted to go to the Art Institute of Chicago but never been able to,” said Grace Manka, a sophomore general engineering and Spanish major from Whitehall, Wisconsin. “Personally, I was in awe and full of emotions when I looked at the artworks that I’ve seen in pictures my whole life.”

“Seeing something in person can change the way you see a piece,” said Quinn MacIsaac, a sophomore art major from Salem, Wisconsin. “You cannot see the brush strokes or the sparkle of marble in a photo.”

Ostergaard hopes that the experience allowed students to better understand why museums matter and help them become comfortable in a major museum.

“I hope that students gained an appreciation for art as well as an appreciation for how the actual, real, tangible art object is different from images, web and printed depictions,” said Ostergaard. “I also hope that they understand these objects are a part of our global human patrimony and that in the future, they will feel comfortable going to museums on their own.”

Funding support for the trip to the museum was provided by UW-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts.

Online Master’s in Project Management ranked in top 25

College Choice recently named UW-Platteville’s Master of Science in Project Management as one of the 25 Best Online Master’s in Project Management Degrees for 2017.

“Our program is honored to be ranked as a top online master’s degrees in project management,” said Bill Haskins, project management program coordinator. “We strive for excellence in the full range of knowledge and skills that relate to project success, and we are grateful to be recognized for our successful efforts.”

College Choice reviewed colleges and universities by tuition cost, the program’s reputation and the graduates’ average starting salary. All factors were taken from publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale.com.

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