SUMMER CLASS!! Topics in 2D Studio, Plein Air Painting


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Professor Tom Berenz will be teaching a painting class this summer! The course is Topics in 2D Studio and will focus on Landscape Painting in Plein Air (outside painting on location). The class will visit locations around Kenosha and Racine. The locations will be the Zoo, Lake, Forest, Beach, Petrifying Springs Park and other great spots. Class runs June 16th – July 11th. Monday – Thursday 1:00-5:00pm and can be a 288, 388 or 488. Please contact Tom Berenz if you have questions –

‘James Franco: New Film Stills’ Arrives at Pace Gallery



Perhaps James Franco should just stick to acting. He remains embarrassingly clueless when it comes to art.

In his latest art world foray, following previous outings in galleries and commissions for Performa, Mr. Franco is filling a celebrity artist slot at Pace Gallery, similar to the one that Bob Dylan occupies at Gagosian. His Pace debut is “New Film Stills,” a series of his photographs that restages some of Cindy Sherman’s seminal “Untitled Film Stills” of 1977-80 with what is supposed to be respectful transparency but comes across as uncomprehending cynicism.

In her film stills, Ms. Sherman all but disappeared into various female stereotypes bestowed upon women by film: the new-to-the-city secretary, the put-upon housewife, the sex kitten, the single glamour girl. Mr. Franco, in contrast, is never less than Mr. Franco, his mustache, beard or hairy legs in full view, his face in an expression of studied vulnerability or simply a look-at-me smirk.

Maybe he sees what he’s doing as reverse feminism, an act of empathic dislocation — which is the argument made by the poet Frank Bidart in the catalog essay. Mainly, we sense Mr. Franco once more playing himself, dipping a toe simultaneously in the waters of art and demi-drag.

And it only gets worse. In addition to reproducing the 25 or so images presented in the show, the catalog contains 65 excruciatingly sophomoric poems written by Mr. Franco in reaction to nearly all the Sherman film stills. Often written from the woman’s point of view, these are either printed on their own or paired with the appropriate Franco do-over image.

The deep content here, beneath the entitled narcissism, is a confused desperation that seems to drive Mr. Franco’s pursuit of visual art. It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for him, while also wishing that someone or something would make him stop.

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ACE Elections!

Hello All, Just to let you know ACE is beginning our process of Elections!

Here is the outline for the process!

4/23 Wed 7pm: Open up for nominations

        4/25 Fri 1pm: Take nominations
        4/30 Wed 7pm: Final day for nominations
        5/2 Fri 1pm: First day of voting
        5/7 Wed 7pm: Final day of voting
        5/9 Fri 1pm: Back-up final day of voting
        5/9 : Board Member’s Announced and club registration locked in for Fall ’14-’15

Positions Available. (If you have questions about the duties of these positions, please e-mail me I’d be happy to fill you in.)
Vice President:
Promotions Manager:
Event Coordinator*NEW POSITION*:
*committee chairs*: may be added to the club as we progress depending on interest and participation.     You may suggest a new committee that you would like to be the chair of if you would like.

Candidate Requirements: Any Active Member(3 or more meetings attended this semester) OR approval by current Exec board (we accept all reasonable candidates). Base requirement would be must have GPA minimum of 2.5 as stated in our member requirement. Please prepare a short statement to be given at nomination/election meetings stating your interest in the position and why you think you are qualified.

I hope to see you all at our elections, I invite you to run for board positions! Don’t be afraid to get involved! Many positions are open, we will give you the required training/guidance, and as always we are in search of many dedicated members!

I just want to add in a special thank you to all of you who helped with, participated in or visited our Juried Student Exhibition, it was a great event!

-Katie Gentner



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