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.
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In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve decided to spotlight online artist talks by four generations of women of color. We recommend Faith Ringgold at Tate Modern, Carrie Mae Weems at the Guggenheim Museum, Sonya Clark at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and Jordan Casteel at the Studio Museum of Harlem. We will be donating this month’s speaker fee to Black Art Futures Fund, which provides grants to small nonprofit organizations working to secure the future of the black art community.
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Tomiko Jones’ photography and multidisciplinary installations explore social, cultural and geopolitical transitions in the landscape, and considers the twin crises of too much and too little in the age of climate change. Her current research, These Grand Places, is a socially-engaged investigation of people and place on public land.
Currently Jones is an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and on the Board of Directors, Society for Photographic Education. She received her MFA in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Meghan Sullivan's ceramic sculpture is heavily influenced by her research of classical Roman portraiture and its use as a narrative device of power. She questions what is chosen to be preserved, what is valued, and the ramifications of these decisions on future generations as we frame our personal and cultural histories. Sullivan's work reminds us that while portraiture tells a story, that the story has been altered and subverted by time.
Sullivan is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, a post-baccalaureate from the University of Florida - Gainesville and her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. She has been an artist in residence at several studios in the United States and internationally. From 2014-15, Meghan was the Visiting Artist and Adjunct Professor at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida. She is currently the Uihlein Fellow of the Studio Arts for Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.
Shane Walsh is a painter who uses collage as a conceptual framework for understanding the legacy of abstraction. He works to re-construct an image of abstraction that feels appropriate to his time and place with a process that involves collage, photography, and digital technology. Walsh creates complex hybrids that synthesize abstract painting and visual languages from 1990’s subcultures.
Walsh lives and works in Milwaukee, WI. He received his MFA from the University of Washington in 2006 and his BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2001. His work has been included in solo and group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, St.Louis, and Miami. He is represented by Asya Geisberg Gallery (New York) and by The Alice Wilds (Milwaukee).
Sean Glover is an artist who lives and works in Boston, MA. His artwork uses materials and processes (both new and old) to investigate the histories of objects, labor, and technology. He has experimented with taking fresco painting off the wall, creating it on alternative surfaces such as foam and burlap.
Glover has been the fresco instructor at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture since 2008. From 2013-2015, he was the Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture at Maine College of Art. In 2005, he was a recipient of a Traveling Scholars award at the SMFA in Boston, which he used to live in Florence, Italy and San Francisco, California. In 2011, Sean received his MFA at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and was a recipient of a Blanche E Colman Award in 2012 and an Artist Resource Trust Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in 2013. He has exhibited in San Francisco, Boston, Galway, Helsinki, New York, and Miami.
Dave Beck talks 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.
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.