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: http://www.visitkenosha.com/blog/ice-ice-baby )
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,kkochman@kenosha.org, 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.

Curator removes intimate images from Paris gallery after threats received

Curator removes intimate images from Paris gallery after threats received

Exhibition featuring Diane Ducruet’s work part of month-long photography festival

Diane Ducruet’s Mère Fille, 2014

A series of intimate images of a mother and child have been removed from an exhibition that is part of the month-long festival Le Mois de la Photo after its host gallery received threatening letters and messages online. The photographs by the French artist Diane Ducruet, which form a polyptych entitled Mère Fille, were included in an exhibition, “L’intime comme illusion” (until 8 November), which opened at the Galerie Catherine Houard last week.

The removal of the images was first reported by the French website, Rue89. Ducruet tells The Art Newspaper: “The works were hung on the afternoon of 30 October… Houard’s assistant confirmed the decision to take down the pieces around 16.00, so I took the works.”

Another artist in the exhibition, Marie Docher, has written on her blog that seven identical letters were sent to figures associated with the show. “They requested that Ducruet’s work was removed. The letters were signed and gave free rein to the authors’ fears and fantasies. Words used included ‘incest’ and ‘paedophile’,” Docher says.

On her website, Ducruet has listed the exhibition and written “censored” alongside. She says the works develop the ideas first presented in herMother and Daughter piece of 2001. “The polyptych presents a vision of mother and daughter far from the Pietà archetype… Two bodies entwined, attempting to separate from each other,” she says.

Françoise Paviot, the exhibition curator, said in a statement: “It seemed ill-advised of us to continue with the exhibition as planned, given our inability to judge the seriousness of the threats. Consequently, we removed the offending piece, even though it was displayed in the gallery’s basement.”

Houard, who hosted the exhibition in the gallery for free , declined to comment.

The Maison Européene de la Photographie (MEP) in Paris, a major photography gallery, has organised the Le Mois de la Photo festival. A spokeswoman for the MEP says that its director Jean-Luc Monterosso “has not been in contact with the people involved in the censorship [saga] in which he also been implicated…. He stresses that shows presented under the Mois de la Photo [banner] are the sole responsibility of the curator and representatives of the respective exhibition venues.”

Last month, the US artist Paul McCarthy’s inflatable sculpture Tree, was vandalised in the Place Vendome and the 69-year-old artist assaulted.

Lois Bielefeld

Lois Bielefeld
Lois Bielefeld is a conceptual photographer and filmmaker who splits her time between fine art and commercial/fashion photography. She was born in and currently resides in Milwaukee, WI with her girlfriend and daughter. Lois has her BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and from 2003-2010 she lived and worked in New York City. She is a 2012 recipient of the Nohl Fellowship and has shown at Inova, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, ArtStart, Portrait Society Gallery, and the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Lois is the recipient of the Luxembourg Artist Residence through the Museum of Wisconsin Art, which will begin in February 2015. Bielefeld is represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee.
2pm: Artist Lecture, Fine Arts Gallery
Lois Bielefeld will give a presentation on her professional fashion photography and creative work.
3pm: Panel Discussion on Gender, Fine Arts Gallery
                    Farida Khan, UW-Parkside Professor of Economics
                    Heather Kind-Keppel, UW-Parkside Diversity and Inclusion Manager  
                    Dale Weiss, Milwaukee Public Schools third grade teacher
                    Melissa Joy Bollow Tempel, Editor and Writer for Rethinking Schools
                    Lois Bielefeld, Conceptual Photographer and Filmmaker
                    Tom Parker, Queer Guy Native to Milwaukee
Linda Crafton, UW-Parkside Co-Director of the Center for Women’s, Gender, &                                                      Sexuality Studies and Professor of Communication​
4pm-830pm: Opening Reception, Fine Arts Gallery
​Refreshments provided.


Amy Misurelli Sorensen
Gallery Director and Curator
UW-Parkside Galleries

Logo designs for the new App Factory at University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Students in Paula Swisher’s Graphic Design 1 (ART 372) all created logo designs for the new App Factory at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, competing to have their own logo chosen as the official logo.  Professors Tim Knautz and Derek Riley reviewed all the logos,  and the decision came down to a tie between two logos from students Jamie Jones and Jim Neu! Jamie and Jim met with the App Factory faculty, and collaborated to create a final logo that combined the exciting ideas in each of their own works.  The final combined logo will be printed on a range of marketing materials, as well as blown up across the large wall in the App Factory room, Molinaro D126.
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The final combined logo!
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