We’ve got a full afternoon and evening of great comics-related events planned for this Thursday, and Anne Rasmussen from the library, our own Amy Misurelli-Sorenson, Anne Hambrock from the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning and the UWP Music Department, and I are making a big push to get people to attend them. If the art department faculty could make an announcement about this in each of their classes between now and Thursday afternoon, we would greatly appreciate it, and students should find these events more than worthwhile. We know that there are lots of students who love comics, so please tell them about this and try to get them to attend! We’ve reserved the MainStage Theatre for the 2 PM panel, so we’d really like to get a good turnout for that event so the room doesn’t go to waste.
Denis Kitchen, a seminal figure in underground and alternative comics, will be participating in almost all of these events, and he alone would be worth the effort to see, but we’ll also have a number of other interesting people participating, including Tim Hamilton, who drew the graphic novel adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 and Paul Buhle, a noted historian of US culture, comics, and labor history.  Denis and Paul also have Wisconsin connections: Denis grew up in Racine, went to UWM, and for many years he ran the highly influential Kitchen Sink Press from Princeton, Wisconsin, while Paul did his graduate work at UW-Madison.
I’ll put printouts of the day’s itinerary and exhibition flyers in each of your office door mailboxes. If you could bring these to your classes and distribute them to any interested students, it would be much appreciated. I’ll also give each of you a poster that you can hold up as a visual aid. Thanks!
2-3:30: Panel Discussion on Freedom of Expression: The “Subversiveness” Of Comics, The Comics Code, and Banning Books
MainStage Theatre
·         Denis Kitchen – independent publisher of underground comics, comics scholar, and founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
·         Scott Stantis – former president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists
·         Tim Hamilton – graphic novelist of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
·         Paul Buhle – comic historian
·         George Hagenuer – cartoon art collector and comic historian
4-5: Walk-through of The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen
With Denis Kitchen and Professor of Art History Doug Singsen
6-9: Gallery Openings
Local Underground Comics
Foundation Gallery: Featuring Local Talent: David Beyer’s graphic novel “Ballyhoo”, Jeff Moody’s music review comic strip “Stripwax”, Jerry Belland’s “Scott Walker in Hell” series and Kpolly’s “Fake A$$ Rappers.”
KUSD Takes on Comics
Mathis Gallery: Kenosha’s own Cartoonist John Hambrock creator of “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee” will organize cartooning workshops at various Kenosha Unified High Schools. Students are then invited to present their comics in The Mathis Gallery during The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.
Incendiary Illustrations: Tim Hamilton’s Fahrenheit 451 
Mathis Gallery: With a Book Signing by Tim Hamilton: 6-9 pm
6:30-8:30: Special Presentations (simultaneous with the openings)
6:30-7:15: Denis Kitchen, Life, Work, Art
Fine Arts Gallery
Presentation by Denis Kitchen
7:30-8:30: Al Capp: A Life To The Contrary
Fine Arts Gallery
Presentation by Denis Kitchen and Michael Schumacher, Al Capp: A Life To The Contrary. 

CALL FOR LIMITED EDITION ARTWORK Deadline for entry, October 22, 2014

CALL FOR LIMITED EDITION ARTWORK Deadline for entry, October 22, 2014

The Art Department, in partnership with the Chancellor’s program on International Relations, invites artists’ proposals for an edition of commemorative artwork. The selected work must represent the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, be easily transportable, and function as a token of gratitude to host countries and a gift to visiting dignitaries. The budget (including artist’s stipend, materials, and labor for 200 copies— 25 of which will function as an “exclusive edition”) is $1300. Open to UW-Parkside students and alumni only.

Proposal materials

UW-Parkside students interested in securing this opportunity must submit the following to the selection committee on October 22, 5pm, in CART D113:

  • A prototype of the proposed artwork, both in its general and “exclusive” form.
  • An outline of the budget, including amount for stipend, materials, and labor.
  • A brief statement describing artist’s plan (use of equipment, external services,

    etc.) to complete the full edition.

  • A one paragraph description of the concept.

    For more information, contact Art Department chair, Lisa Marie Barber at:

ACE (UW-P Art Club) field trip to Expo Chicago

Hi Art and GD majors/minors!
I hope your semester is off to a great start!
ACE (UW-P Art Club) is taking a field trip to Expo Chicago next Saturday, 9/19, and you’re invited! All students (and non-students) are invited to attend. ACE is offering a discount to students, only $10, which includes transportation and admission. Please see attached information or find the Facebook event listing here:
What is Expo Chicago?
“EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, takes place each September at historic Navy Pier. Now in its third season, EXPO CHICAGO features over 140 of the leading galleries from around the world. In addition to the galleries and artists on view, the exposition also includes a Special Exhibitions program, featuring select non-profits and institutions, /Dialogues panel discussions in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, EXPO VIDEO, a selection of dynamic and cutting-edge film, video and new media works, and IN/SITU, a curated selection of site-specific projects.”
Please contact ACE president, Katie Gentner (gentn001@rangers.uwp) if you have questions.
Happy weekend!
Lisa Marie Barber
Associate Professor, Chair
UW-Parkside Art Department

Professor Berenz at THELMA

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45 North THELMA Summer Invitational

45 pieces by 18 of Wisconsin’s most exciting artists!

Exhibit Dates: August 21 – September 21
Reception: Thursday, August 21 6 – 8 pm

Meet the Artists:
(click their name to learn more)

Peter Barrickman
Kimberly Benson
Tom Berenz
Derrick Buisch
Willy Carpenter
Michael Davidson
Breehan James
Frank Juarez
Greg Klassen
Kay Knight
Keith Nelson
James Pederson
Andrew Redington
Rafael Salas
Lynn Tomaszewski
Jason Vaughn
Shane Walsh
Scott Zieher




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