Sometimes I think children nowadays spend too much time indoors with their pods and pads and smart phones and laptops. If they keep this up they are probably going to grow pale and lazy. And miss out on some really cool stuff. Because if you spend enough times outdoors you are going to see and learn some amazing things. You're also going to get a dose of fresh air and exercise.
...Each morning guest experts in water management, civil engineering, raptor education, forestry, butterfly conservation, recreation, land development and more will be imparting their knowledge with the FEC's pilot education program. There will also be collaboration with a team of artists and arts educators from UWM's Peck School of the Arts. How cool is that?
By Maggie Quick July 15, 2013 Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Collaboration, creativity and critical thinking are on display at an art exhibit created by elementary and middle school students from Bruce-Guadalupe Community School.
“The Big Idea” exhibit at the Latino Arts Gallery, 1028 S. 9th St., is part of the Advancing Literacy and Math through Arts (ALMA) project. ALMA, a research project of the U.S. Department of Education, has fostered collaboration among teachers at the school, which also houses the gallery.
Featuring more than 1,000 art pieces, the exhibit runs through Aug. 30. Students created art related to “big ideas” that they explored in their math and language arts programs during the school year.
“It teaches students to make connections and think critically about different problems and concepts that they can’t necessarily think about in other subjects,” said Christine Woywod, associate professor at the Univerisity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts and ALMA project director. “They learn to engage and persist with problems visually, express concepts…and stretch and explore what they originally thought they could do.”
Milwaukee has been invaded by koi. Images of the colorfully patterned fish have been spray-painted throughout the East Side, Riverwest and Third Ward neighborhoods, adorning busy sidewalks.
You’ll find the koi near the Yield Bar, Riverwest Public House, Riverwest Film and Video, the Alterra on Prospect, bus stops on Brady Street, the North Avenue bridge and swimming along the Oak Leaf bike trail as if it were a river.
The koi exemplify an art form known as street art – visual art displayed in public spaces, unsanctioned and at times referred to as vandalism. Street artists use spray paints, stencils, stickers and even video projections to create their work within city landscapes.
In Chinese mythology, koi would change into dragons when they reached the top of the Yangtze River. Today they’re used as symbols of perseverance, courage, independence, individualism and ambition.
The artist responsible for the koi invasion is Jeremy Novy, an out gay man who describes his work as an artistic intervention with urban blight. I recently spoke with him.
Tegan Bristow and Nathaniel Stern’s exhibition Meaning Motion reminds me of the question of whether a tree falling in the forest, with no one there to hear it, makes a sound.
When you enter the main chamber of the Wits Art Museum, all is quiet and the space appears empty. It’s a nonexhibition, until you approach one of the walls.
From then on it’s magic and mayhem, as each piece is responsive and you trigger the artworks. This is no place for passive observers. The artists expect you to be active in giving the works meaning, cleverly breaking the implicit rules of “looking” at artwork in a gallery setting.
BFA Art & Design graduate Miranda Kay Levy is one of two Milwaukee designers competing in season 12 of the hit Lifetime television show "Project Runway." Levy, 29, is an Army veteran whose clothing designs are influenced by her military service. View Miranda's designer profile here.
Nathaniel Stern is an Associate Professor in Arts Tech at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He joined the Buzz on Monday, July 1st to discuss his interactive art and give us an update on “Tweets in Space”.
In February 2013, Stern joined the 8 O’Clock Buzz to talk about his project Tweets in Space. The archive of that show can be found here. As the system is 22nd light years away, it will take 44 years for us to hear back from any of the Tweets. Still, Stern is excited and hopeful.
In May, emeritus Art Faculty Adolph Rosenblatt received a Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award. Watch a video of Suzanne Rosenblatt speak at the introduction ceremony held in the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Congratulations, Adolph!
The normally rather austere WAM gallery became a kind of playground last night at the joint opening of Tegan Bristow’s Meaning Motion and Nathaniel Stern’s Body Language digital arts exhibitions. The joint exhibition comprises seven large-scale installations that are ‘activated’ by the movements of participants.
Viewed from afar, the exhibition is invisible, just blank screens on the walls. But when you go closer and step into the space of each of the installations, the screens suddenly come to life in weird and surprising ways. Each installation comprises custom-built interactive software that is triggered by motion sensors beaming out of Xboxes.