By Kathleen Gallagher
September 9, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
That changed when a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee challenged Pliner's class to come up with an idea for a product.
Pliner scribbled notes about a new type of swim goggle that would use wireless technology. Swimmers practicing in the water could receive feedback from their coaches.
"I just put down an idea and thought 'that's not possible,'" said Pliner, who is now an assistant coach for UWM's swim team. "Then I was looking at it and said 'maybe I can make this work.'"
Now, Pliner is working with a team of UWM students and advisers to make such swim goggles a reality.
She is one of the four winners in the school's Student Startup Challenge who are working on sports-related ideas. There were a total of 10 winners, and most got involved in the contest after professors encouraged them to brainstorm ideas during certain art, business, engineering and other classes.
Read the full article at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
*Samantha Goodrich (Theatre alumna) and Nicole Green (Art and Design current student) are among the 10 winners this year. Theatre faculty Anne Basting and Art & Design faculty Nathaniel Stern are on the core Student Startup Challenge Team. Peck School faculty Kim Beckman, Amy Decker, Frankie Flood and Raoul Deal are involved in advising on direction and projects as well.
The 2014 Wilson Center Guitar Competition took place on August 14-16 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, WI. After three rounds of performances, UWM graduate student Gabriel Andrews was awarded first place, UWM senior Brock Camden second and UWM graduate Rachael Carlson third. Representing Australia, Canada and the US respectively, these results highlight the international interest in the UWM finger-style program, with young guitarists traveling from around the world to participate in this unique learning environment. Congratulations to all the 2014 Wilson Center participants and winners. We look forward to see what new talent emerges at the 2015 event!
Vocal performance student Kathryn Henry (BFA 2016) has been chosen to perform during the 9/11 Ceremony at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center at 7:30 a.m. on September 11, 2014. Congratulations to Katie on this significant opportunity to honor our country!
By Alison Gates
Surface Design Journal
Kyoung Ae Cho speaks of her process as a collaboration between herself and her materials, which are drawn mostly from nature. Following a classic set of parameters that define and distinguish textile processes from others (repetition, building a greater whole from small components, intentionality in mark-making, and exploitation of materials' inherent cultural baggage), she crafts surprising connections between formal elements. "Nature" in this case includes actual material from the outside environment but also fake flowers, burn marks, the passage of lunar and solar time, and her own hair.
Read the full review from the Surface Design Journal.
Milwaukee visual artists Nathaniel Stern and Bryan Cera explore how we move and are moved with the world around us
Two Third Ward exhibitions, MIAD and Tory Folliard, October – December 2014
Vital Technology, a duo exhibition at MIAD with Milwaukee-based artists Bryan Cera and Nathaniel Stern, uses digital media to invite an exploration of movement, and its relationships to thinking and feeling. The show includes eight large-scale interactive installations – incorporating cutting-edge technology, such as body- and motion-tracking, gaming sensors and graphics, 3d scanning and printing, gesture recognition, and more – as well as more traditional art objects and process documentation that come out of Cera and Stern’s interactive studio practices. The artists ask how our ongoing relationships to digital culture continuously change what we move and think and feel. Do our everyday technologies have a vitality, or force, that shifts our movements, and thus lives? Are these technologies vital and necessary, helpful or a time-suck, when we encounter them? What are the stakes in how we interact and relate with the world, and how might media art frame and amplify what matters? At Vital Technology, we the viewers experience and practice alternate ways to perform our bodies, media, concepts and materials.
For Stern’s related series of digital prints, he straps a desktop scanner, computing device and custom battery pack to his body, and performs images into existence. He might scan in straight, long lines across tables, tie the scanner around his neck and swing over flowers, do pogo-like gestures over bricks, or just follow the wind over water lilies in a pond. The dynamism between his body, technology, and the landscape is transformed into beautiful and quirky renderings, which are then produced as archival artworks. For Rippling Images at Tory Folliard, Stern worked with a team at UWM to produce several marine-rated scanner rigs, and perform prints while scuba diving on a live coral reef off the coast of Florida, among other sites. Everything leaked, everything broke, nothing did what he wanted or expected; and Stern says this is precisely what must have happened. “My movements in the sea, my relations to currents and gravity, what I see and cannot see, fish and plants, breathing and fluidity, scratches and reflections and bubbles and more, all affect and are affected in how these images are made.” At stake are the ways we move with and against water and land, life and non-life – as individuals, as a people, and as a part of our habitats.
Both Vital Technology and Rippling Images open as part of Gallery Night on October 17th, and the following weeks will see walkabouts, talks and panels with the artists and others, including a visit from interactive art pioneer and Stanford professor, Camille Utterback.
The String Academy of Wisconsin at UW-Milwaukee is now enrolling ages 4-18 and new students are accepted throughout the semester. Founded in 1990, SAW has become one of this country's model schools, offering students a comprehensive musical education with a focus on the violin, viola or cello. Highly qualified artist faculty provide musical instruction based on the methods and philosophies of Paul Rolland, Shinichi Suzuki and Mimi Zweig. The special training, experience and expertise of the SAW faculty in the musical training of young people results in students playing with technical ease and musical sensitivity. For more information, call 414-963-4729 or visit www.stringacademyofwisconsin.org.
Art & Design faculty Frankie Flood was featured on the Korean Broadcasting System's program KBS Panorama - Digital Future Economy Part 1: 3D Printing. The hour-long program (in Korean language) speaks with Flood from 20:45-23:00.
By Alex Vagelatos
July 23, 2014
Today @ UWM
There was something of a friendly competition for views between the YouTube channels of UWM’s finger-style guitar performance program and one of its recent, youngest graduates, Macyn Taylor.
Taylor reached a million views first.
Taylor was the subject of publicity in 2011 when she graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from UWM’s Peck School of the Arts guitar performance program at 17 – one of the youngest UWM graduates in a very long time. This spring, she earned her master of music degree in guitar performance.
Her ambitious long-range plans include performing, teaching guitar students and, someday, teaching guitar at a university.
Read the full story at Today @ UWM and watch the video here!