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Monday, Aug. 27, 2012

Peck School of the Arts Honors Alumni

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UW-Milwaukee is honoring 50 years of support for art, dance, design, music and theater by sponsoring the Peck School of the Arts' “Year of the Arts.” To jump-start the celebration, the Union Art Gallery collaborates with the Inova/Arts Center Gallery for “Continuum 2012,” an exhibition highlighting art and design alumni.

The two galleries, which have received juried works from more than 100 Peck School alumni from across the country, provide an eclectic retrospective of UWM graduates over the past half-century.

Metro-area artists Sally Duback, Charles Kaiser (1939-2011), Jill Sebastian, Jan Serr and Richard Taylor have achieved national prestige through decades of work. The Union Art Gallery features Sebastian's In These I Find My Calling, a projection on drywall and Scotch tape, along with a wall hanging and two free-standing sculptures by Taylor.

Pennsylvania's Sean Bodley, a recent BFA graduate, exhibits an oil portrait of his grandmother. MFA alum Gregory Martens features screen prints from his series “The Moment Before Apocalypse,” and Chicago's Melanie Pankau offers abstract wall paintings.

Milwaukee's Linda Wervey Vitamvas, an award-winning MFA graduate, merges her art and medical backgrounds into organic ceramic art. For this show, she stages a complex installation, one part of which features small bottles and jars filled with curly, matte-white fired clay.

“Continuum 2012” opens Aug. 27. There will be a staggered closing reception on Sept. 14 to allow for all of the alumni to be equally appreciated. The Union Art Gallery hosts a 5-7 p.m. reception Sept. 14. The Arts Center Gallery hosts a 6-8 p.m. reception, with remarks from the UWM art chair at 7 p.m.

Art Happenings


Third Ward Art Festival
Historic Third Ward

This new juried art festival features more than 150 artists exhibiting affordable artwork in a variety of media. The event, which also features an art scavenger hunt for kids and live music, runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 1-2.

“Stages of Art”
Gallerie M, InterContinental Hotel
139 E. Kilbourn Ave.

In collaboration with the Community Arts & Funk Festival, this exhibition celebrates arts advocacy in Wisconsin. It opens Aug. 27. A closing reception takes place 6-9 p.m. Sept. 28. For more information, visit www.artsandfunk.com.