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Lunchtime Talks

Second Thursday of the Month, June-August;
Third Saturday of the Month, September-May, 12:15-1pm


Monthly Conversations with  Artists and Curators.

Add a dash of art to your day. Drop by PenArt over your lunch break (or tune in online) to hear from artists about their work, experts on topics related to current exhibitions, and more. Beginning this June, Lunchtime Talks will take place the second Thursday of each month through August, and the third Saturday of each month from September through May.

No reservations are necessary and the program is free and open to all.

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Upcoming Sessions

These sessions will be held via Zoom. Please sign up to receive the video conference information. 


July 9, 2020, 12:15-1pm

Dan Mackerman on Working Between Production and Fine Art

For over 25 years Dan Mackerman worked as a production artist making sculptures, animation, backdrops, and murals for opera, theater, television, cinema and department stores. A long list of clients includes some recognizable names: Disney, Buena Vista, Animal Planet Television, The Minnesota Opera, Prince, Marshall Fields and Macy's. His work as a production artist occupied six months of each year, and he spent the other half as a fine artist. Learn how his work in one area influenced the other.



August 13, 2020, 12:15-1pm

Dave Beck on Making Tombeaux

Dave Beck will talk about his latest project, an art video game titled Tombeaux. This interactive experience investigates the convergence between cultures and the environment across a few hundred years of midwestern American history.

Dave Beck is a practicing 3D digital, game, and new media artist and designer, living in Wisconsin.  He is the recipient of the 2010 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Award, given by the National Science Foundation.  Beck's artwork has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, National Geographic, the journal Science, and the book GameScenes: Art in the Age of Videogames.

This event will take place online. Click here to join the talk.


September 19, 2020, 12:15-1pm

Cecelia Condit

Since 1981, Cecelia Condit has been producing films that swing between beauty and the grotesque, innocence and cruelty. In the psychological landscape of contemporary fairy tales, Condit’s videos put a subversive spin on the traditional mythology of women in film and the psychology of sexuality and violence. Exploring the dark side of female subjectivity, her “feminist fairy tales” focus on friendships, violence, age, and most recently, the natural world.

Cecelia Condit has shown internationally in festivals, museums and alternative spaces, and is represented in collections including the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and Centre Georges Pompidou Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris. She has received numerous awards including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, American Film Institute, and National Endowment for the Arts. She is a professor emerita in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at the UW-Milwaukee.


Past Sessions

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Kristy Deetz and Edward S. Louis
on The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy

The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy is a new book featuring intriguing paintings by Kristy Deetz, accompanied by charming and satirical stories by Edward S. Louis. Join us for an inside take on the paintings by Deetz and a reading by Louis.

Kristy Deetz is a Professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. Her extensive exhibition record includes national and international venues.

Edward S. Louis is the pen name for E. L. Risden, a Professor of English at St. Norbert College who has over 20 books of scholarship, fiction, poetry, and translation.