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Welcome to the Department of Art!

Thank you for visiting the Department of Art at UW-La Crosse! We hope you find our website helpful in answering any questions about our department, but please don't hesitate to reach out to us and schedule a tour of all we have to offer.

The Department of Art at UWL provides the traditional and non-traditional art studio and art history courses. We offer an Art Major (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science), and an Art Education Major (Bachelor of Science), as well as offering the following minors:

Our large studio areas are furnished with a mix of new and traditional equipment for ceramics, metals, blacksmithing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The photography studio was just recently remodeled and updated with the latest equipment. A drawing studio, design studio, and Macintosh computer lab (for our Graphic Design courses) complete the studio/laboratory areas. We also have a large, amazing Art Gallery space on the main floor of the Center for the Arts building, and a newly renovated Student Gallery on the 3rd floor.

The majority of our art students come principally from Wisconsin and other surrounding states in the upper Midwest, but we do have students from different parts of the United States as well as other countries from around the world. We offer small studio class sizes so that we can offer individualized support and mentoring. However, if you are anxious to really expand your horizons, there are several study abroad options to choose from and UWL participates in the National Student Exchange program if you would rather stay in the U.S. More information about these programs can be found on the International Education & Engagement (IEE) website.

 UWL Department of Art faculty members have all earned the terminal degree in their discipline and have amazing experiences through their travels and research to share with their students. All of our faculty strive to be excellent teachers and provide our students with the skills they need to succeed in the world post-graduation. Creative and scholarly research by faculty are presented through international, national and regional exhibits and publications.


 

'SATIRICAL STEEL'

"The Thinker Reboot"

A virtual gallery exhibit at UW-La Crosse provides a satirical view of today’s prevailing social media impact and technology use.

Art Department Chair Professor Brad Nichols says his idea for the forged and fabricated steel pieces featured in the show was born in about 2005 when his then 6-year-old son asked him to draw a picture. While his son wasn’t impressed and crumpled up the drawing, Nichols got an idea from his work — that it would transfer well into steel.

Nichols experimented with that idea with his work, eventually culminating during a sabbatical in fall 2019. See commentary video at the top of the page. See more of the story...

SPRING '21 SENIOR ART EXHIBIT

VIEW INERTIA//MOMENTUM

Spring 2021 UWL Senior Art Exhibition

Due to Covid-19 gathering restrictions on the UWL campus, the Senior Art students (Amber Boesel, Sarah Conley, Athena Gates, Katheryn Horne, Kyra Litwin, Ellie Schaap, and Keegs Sturdevant) hold an online exhibition of their art May 1 - November 1, 2021. They also have a physical exhibition of their art at Grounded Patio Cafe in downtown La Crosse, 308 Main Street, May 2nd - May 31st. Be sure to check it out! More of the story...

Online Summer Art Courses Offered

FIRST SESSION: 5/24 -6/18/21 expanding section

FIRST SESSION: 5/24/21 - 6/18/21 (6/11/21 end date for ART 102)

ART 102 - ART APPRECIATION (2CR)

Discovering the visual world. An introduction to the visual arts of applied arts, architecture, craft arts, film/video arts, painting/drawing, printing/ graphic arts, and sculpture. The student will learn to use analysis and evaluation to explore the meaning of art.

  • ART 102-411, Instructor: Bradley Nichols
  • ART 102-412, Instructor: Lisa Lenarz

ART 172 - PHOTOGRAPHY SURVEY (3CR)

This course is a thematic examination of photography as a contemporary art form. Through lectures, films, hands on assignments and discussions, students will learn important conceptual and visual trends employed in art photography. Topics covered will include: 19th and 20th century influences, multi-cultural interpretation of genres, issues of identity and the influence of digital technology on photography. Students will also learn about individual and collective cultural models utilized to form the complex visual language of photographs.

  • ART 172-411, Instructor: Linda Levinson
SECOND SESSION: 6/21 - 7/16/21 expanding section

SECOND SESSION: 6/21/21 - 7/16/21 (7/9/21 end date for ART 102)

ART 102 - ART APPRECIATION (2CR)

Discovering the visual world. An introduction to the visual arts of applied arts, architecture, craft arts, film/video arts, painting/drawing, printing/ graphic arts, and sculpture. The student will learn to use analysis and evaluation to explore the meaning of art.

  • ART 102-421, Instructor: R. Sierra Rooney

ART 172 - PHOTOGRAPHY SURVEY (3CR)

This course is a thematic examination of photography as a contemporary art form. Through lectures, films, hands on assignments and discussions, students will learn important conceptual and visual trends employed in art photography. Topics covered will include: 19th and 20th century influences, multi-cultural interpretation of genres, issues of identity and the influence of digital technology on photography. Students will also learn about individual and collective cultural models utilized to form the complex visual language of photographs.

  • ART 172-421, Instructor: Kathleen Hawkes
THIRD SESSION: 7/19 - 8/13/21 expanding section

THIRD SESSION: 7/19/21 - 8/13/21 (8/6/21 end date for ART 102)

ART 102 - ART APPRECIATION (2CR)

Discovering the visual world. An introduction to the visual arts of applied arts, architecture, craft arts, film/video arts, painting/drawing, printing/ graphic arts, and sculpture. The student will learn to use analysis and evaluation to explore the meaning of art.

  • ART 102-431, Instructor: Zachary Stensen