The Art dept’s Art Club (ACE) and Professional Practice class are having a little sale today in upper main place, near the library windows. Lots of little goodies (many with a holiday theme, last I saw) will be there. Please come and support our students!
Where: Upper Main place outside the library windows
When: 9am-4:45, this Wednesday, Dec 3rd

Henri Matisse

2015 Snow Daze Festival

The City of Kenosha and Downtown Kenosha, Inc. are working on plans for the 2015 Snow Daze Festival and are offering the UW-Parkside Art Department students a stake in the action.  Please let me know your thoughts.  See tentative plans, below.
Snow Daze Festival
Saturday, February 14, 2015
presented by the City of Kenosha together with Downtown Kenosha, Inc.
Back again after a very successful inaugural event in 2014, the 2015 Snow Daze Festival will have activities in Library Park from 12-3 p.m., including an ice sculpting demonstration by Art Below Zero, family games and snow painting or other art-related activities with UW-Parkside art students. There will be great photo opportunities with “Kenosha Landmarks” themed ice sculptures in front of the library. Inside the Simmons Library, craft supplies will be available from 12-3 p.m. for children to create xxxx.
Art Below Zero of Franksville is creating the ice sculptures, which are expected to last up to two weeks, depending on the weather. Downtown businesses and Downtown Kenosha, Inc. are sponsoring additional ice sculptures in front of downtown businesses.  (see images from last year at: )
The event is free and open to the public, and is part of the Second Saturday celebration downtown, featuring special entertainment and sales at downtown businesses.
For more information contact me or Kris Kochman, Community Relations Liaison, City of Kenosha, Rm. 300, 625 52nd St., Kenosha, WI 53140, 262-653-4177,, Fax: 262-653-4010
Karen Sorensen
UW-Parkside Fine Arts
900 Wood Road, Box No. 2000
Kenosha, WI  53141-2000
Phone:  262-595-2457

Professor Berenz at The 1912 Gallery in Emory, VA

Tom Berenz  – Into the Woods

Solo Exhibition at Emory and Henry College, Emory VA

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Artalk: Monday, November 10 at 7:30p.m. in the BOV in Van Dyke.

Exhibit: Tuesday, November 11 – Friday, December 12, 2014

The 1912 Gallery opens for viewing at 6:30 p.m. before the Artalk and following for a reception with the artist.

Berenz is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. His paintings have been exhibited nationally and featured in multiple publications, most notably, New American Paintings and Huffington Post.

His paintings are about his relationship to the world around him, cerebral and physical, intellectual and visceral. “I use the disaster motif as a metaphor to discuss personal, sociopolitical, environmental and ideological issues. Through the motif of disaster, I explore the existential self and examine personal narratives, with some being more literal and others more enigmatic.”

Notions of loss, place, memory, space and time are central as Berenz re-examines personal experiences from his past and present. “The imagery is in constant flux, but always returns to a pile. A pile is everything and it is nothing. It is a mound that once was and now isn’t; a mass of information, both physical and metaphysical, organized and chaotic,” the artist says.

His works emphasize form over narrative. He injects painterly gestural forms with flat edited down shapes. This results in a striking dichotomy between the strong emotional subtext of the work and the stark rigidity of its execution.

The Artalk and exhibition are free and open to the public.


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