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Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene

March 26 - June 13

Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene explores sites of environmental change, sharply focusing on the profound impact human industry has made transforming Earth’s essential matter.

Harlem Street Singer: The Reverend Gary Davis Story

April 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This screening tells the story of Reverend Gary Davis, the great blues, ragtime, and gospel musician.

Artists Now! – Rosa Menkman: Beyond Resolution

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Menkman will discuss media protocols and ask the question, “Have we become bad at constructing our own resolutions, or are we just oblivious to resolutions and their inherent compromises?”

The Music of Reverend Gary Davis, a Special Presentation by Woody Mann

April 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Finger-style guitarist Woody Mann will discuss the guitar styles and techniques of Reverend Gary Davis, the essential role of country blues in America’s musical history, and the importance of including country blues in the study of finger-style guitar as a curriculum for musical inspiration and creativity. Open to the public: $10 general admission payable at the door; UWM students free with ID.  This lecture is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the William F. Vilas Trust.

First Year Program Exhibitions

April 2 - 10

View the Department of Art & Design’s First Year Program Exhibitions.

Jenni Olson’s THE ROYAL ROAD – Midwestern premiere!

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - April 4 @ 8:15 pm

Written and Directed by Jenni Olson (65min., 2015) A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on Junipero Serra’s Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo — all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, and featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner. Filmmaker JENNI OLSON in attendance! Presented by the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video…

MKE Unplugged: Woody Mann

April 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Catch a FREE, all-ages concert featuring local, indie artists — including some of the Peck School of the Arts’ very own alumni.

Friday Night Figure Drawing

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week on Friday until April 17, 2015

Draw the nude male or female figure from a variety of poses! Open to artists of all skill levels!

UWM Symphony Orchestra Concert: Concerto Winners

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The UWM Symphony Orchestra presents a performance of work by Ravel, Stravinsky and other concertos.

Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music Spring Recital

April 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Institute of Chamber Music will be performing a chamber music recital featuring the works of American composers.

Artists Now! – Bob Ebendorf: Jewelry as Personal Adornment

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ebendorf will discuss his conceptual approach to jewelry-making and the way it questions the nature of adornment itself.

MA/MFA Exhibition II

April 10 - 23

View the Department of Art & Design’s Spring MA/MFA Exhibition.

Friday Night Figure Drawing

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week on Friday until April 17, 2015

Draw the nude male or female figure from a variety of poses! Open to artists of all skill levels!

Wind Ensemble Concert

April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The UWM Wind Ensemble presents a Spring concert.

Concert Chorale at Milwaukee Art Museum

April 11 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Short performance at Milwaukee Art Museum featuring UWM Concert Chorale, Men’s Chorus and Ft. Dodge HS (Iowa) Concert Choir.

First and Second Year Voice Recital

April 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Recital for the first and second year voice students.

Antigoni Goni Classical Guitar Concert

April 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Classical guitar performance by Antigoni Goni.

Love’s Labour’s Lost

April 15 - 19

The young King of Navarre and his best bachelor buddies swear off women for three years to dive into a life of scholarship and serious study. The Princess of France and her most eligible attendants show up on a diplomatic mission and the study immediately turns to the subject left off their college syllabus and the one that most matters – love.

Artists Now! – Souther Salazar: Half Imagined/Half Remembered

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Through mixed media, found objects and layers of assemblage, Salazar’s work evokes the wonders and imagination that many of us abandoned in childhood.

Woody Herman Jazz Festival

April 16 - 18

The Woody Herman Jazz Festival will host several clinics for all ages, featuring a special guests. The concert on Saturday, April 18 will feature the Youth Jazz Ensemble, UWM Jazz Ensemble and our guest artist.

Metals!15 Annual Juried Student Exhibition

April 16 - May 6

The Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department presents an exhibition of student work.

Unruly Music: Suono Mobile USA

April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Suono Mobile USA, established in 2012 by composer Philipp Blume and saxophonist Nathan Mandel, will present a brand-new mixed chamber ensemble program entitled ‘Versions.’ The program features Michael Finnissy’s Halbnackt (2007) and also includes two world premieres.

Friday Night Figure Drawing

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week on Friday until April 17, 2015

Draw the nude male or female figure from a variety of poses! Open to artists of all skill levels!

Unruly Music: Quince

April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Quince returns to UWM for the second half of their Unruly Music residency with an evening of new works for a cappella quartet. Their program highlights works from their new album Realign the Time along with new compositions by UWM graduate students and faculty.

UWM Guitar Program Student Recital: Finger-Style Guitar Solos

April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

UWM finger-style guitar students showcase highlights of their Spring 2015 repertoire.

Kenilworth Open Studios

April 18 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Don’t miss this year’s highly anticipated Kenilworth Open Studios (KOS) event. Peck School’s annual celebration of interdisciplinary arts presented by Shepherd Express!

Unruly Music: Katherine Young & J. Austin Wulliman

April 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Chicago musicians J. Austin Wulliman (violin) and Katherine Young (composer) present Diligence is to Magic as Progress is to Flight, a collaborative installation-performance for violins, sound sculptures, video, and live electronics.

Chamber Music Milwaukee

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Chamber Music Milwaukee presents its Spring Concert, featuring UWM Music Department faculty and special guests.

Tender Muscles: 5 Films by Charles Fairbanks

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Filmmaker CHARLES FAIRBANKS in attendance! Charles Fairbanks is a wrestler and filmmaker. His recent work focuses on Lucha Libre in Mexico, where the artist fights as the One-Eyed Cat (El Gato Tuerto) with a camera built into his mask. Writes Anthology Film Archives, “With only a few small films under his belt, Charles Fairbanks has managed to make a big impact at festivals around the world. His entertaining and heartfelt short films are extremely easy to enjoy and very hard…

Gospel Choir Concert

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The UWM Gospel Choir presents its Spring concert.

Slightly Bigger Women: What Happens when “Little Women” Grow Up?

April 22 - 26

A cross-cultural, intergenerational look at the changes in women’s lives across the century.

Artists Now! – Kryssi Staikidis: Two But Not Two: Artistry and Research as Personal and Cultural Narrative

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Staikidis’ lecture will focus on her studio practice informed by her scholarly work with Guatemalan Mayan contemporary artists.

Chamber Music Milwaukee Faculty Artist Series: The Tango Project

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tango Project presented by faculty Elena Abend, Rene Izquierdo, Jennifer Clippert, Bernard Zinck, John Babbitt with invited guests Peter Thomas, Orlando Pimentel and Stas Venglevski.

Yevgeniya Kaganovich: Grow Workshop

April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

As part of a series of workshops with “Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene,” artist Yevgeniya Kaganovich presents “Grow,” an interactive experience of plant-like, organic forms constructed from recycled plastic bags.

University Band & Symphony Band Concert

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A performance featuring the UWM University Band and Symphony Band.

University Community Orchestra Concert

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The University Community Orchestra presents its Spring concert.

New Dancemakers: From the Known to the Unknown

April 28 - May 2

Students of the Dance Department present their senior project works.

The Crucible

April 29 - May 3

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a powerful recounting of an historical moment in 17th century America: the witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts. Written during the rise and spread of McCarthyism in the early ‘50s, the landmark drama is famous for exploring the fear-laced conscience of its time and ours.

African and Salsa Showing

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Showcase of choreography from all African and Salsa technique classes.

Artists Now! – Patricia Olynyk: The Mutable Archive

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Olynyk will discuss her creative work, which explores the dialectics of mind and body, human and artificial, and sensing and knowing.

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival

April 30 - May 3

A weekend full of innovative International films dedicated to contemporary works.

UWM Symphony Orchestra & UWM Chorus Concert: Brahms Requiem

May 1 - 2

Brahms’ German Requiem performed by the UWM Symphony Orchestra and UWM Chorus, featuring Tanya Kruse Ruck, soprano, and Andrew Wilkowske, baritone.

Resolution 2015

May 1 - 2

The UWM Department of Design and Visual Communication presents its Senior Capstone Show.

Landfill Club: Workshop & Talk

May 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Marina Zurkow encourages us to get to know our plastics at the Landfill Club.

Maja Radovanlija Classical Guitar Concert

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Classical guitar concert featuring special guest artist Maja Radovanlija.

Fine Arts Quartet

May 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Fine Arts Quartet ranks among the most distinguished ensembles of our time, with an illustrious history of performing success and an extensive recording legacy.

Percussion Ensemble Concert

May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Concert from the UWM Percussion Ensemble

HEAR MY SONG: The Music of Jason Robert Brown

May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The UWM Voice Area presents a concert of works by Jason Robert Brown.

Acting BFA Capstone Projects

May 5 - 6

Performances of capstone projects for the BFA Acting program.

BFA & BA Spring Exhibition

May 6 - 16

BFA students from the Department of Art & Design showcase their work.

UWM Friends of the MSO Lecture Series

May 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Josh Phillips, MSO French Horn, will speak on Beethoven’s Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus and Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, Vivian Fung’s Violin Concerto, and Peter Eötvös’s Shadows.

UWM Guitar Program Student Recital: Classical and Finger-Style Ensembles

May 6 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Students in the Guitar Program present classical and finger-style ensemble performances.

Men’s Chorus Spring Concert

May 6 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Men’s Chorus performance with guest performances by the UWM University Choir Chamber Ensemble and the Muskego High School Men’s Chorus.

Dance Composition III Showing

May 7 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Works-in-progress from Dance Composition III students.

Wind Ensemble Concert

May 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Concert season finale for UWM Wind Ensemble.

MKE Unplugged: John Sieger

May 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Catch a FREE, all-ages concert featuring local, indie artists — including some of the Peck School of the Arts’ very own alumni.

Experimental Improvisation

May 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A culmination of a semester-long study of free improvisation, a non-idiomatic form of spontaneous music making that emphasizes uninhibited and real-time interaction between musicians. It is an art form that has no rules.

68th Student Film & Video Festival

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A juried showcase of the best short films and videos from the pioneering UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres.

Youth Wind Ensemble Concert

May 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for the last concert of the season!

Youth Jazz Ensemble Concert

May 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The UWM Jazz Ensemble and Youth Jazz Ensemble present their Spring concert.

Hip Hop Showing

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Showcase of student choreography from UWM Dance Hip Hop classes, plus guest organizations and crews from around the city/region.

Arts+Tech Night

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Arts+Tech Night showcases work from students in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Technology program, a collaboration between the Departments of Dance, Art & Design, Music, and Film. Students exhibit work in a variety of mediums, from digital prints to time-based media, electronic sculptures, and installations. These works investigate the role that evolving technologies play in our culture, psychology, and creative practices.

Film Department Senior Screenings

May 14 - 15

A special evening showcasing the films and videos completed by the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genre’s graduating seniors.

Electroacoustic Salon

May 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

New projects in electronic music and multimedia by UWM student composers and artists.

From One Hand to Two Pianos

May 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Repertoire starting with one hand and increasing gradually to four hands, eventually using two pianos.

Sensoria: Experiments in Time-based Media and Performance presents: Peter J Woods

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Milwaukee artist Peter J Woods’ solo work resides within its own universe. Pulling equally from the worlds of harsh noise and absurdist theatre, Woods’ performances build a sense of terror and existential dread from simple imagery, muted text and an unpredictable barrage of silence and sound.

Summerdances: Spirits & Fugitives

May 28 - 30

Choreographic works will honor the research, poetry, music and creative works of Milwaukee’s icon and UWM Music Department faculty member Martin Jack Rosenblum.

Friday Night Figure Drawing

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week on Friday until June 26, 2015

Draw the nude male or female figure from a variety of poses. Open to artists of all skill levels!

Fine Arts Quartet

May 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Timothy Noonan, Senior Lecturer in Music History and Literature at the UWM Peck School of the Arts will host pre-concert talks beginning at 6:30pm before each concert. Guest violinist/violist Gil Sharon Mozart-Bach: Prelude & Fugue No.2 K.404a Mozart: Divertimento K.137 Mozart: Adagio K.261 Strauss Jr: Fledermaus Overture Mendelssohn: String Quintet No.1, Op.18

Friday Night Figure Drawing

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week on Friday until June 26, 2015

Draw the nude male or female figure from a variety of poses. Open to artists of all skill levels!

Fine Arts Quartet

June 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Timothy Noonan, Senior Lecturer in Music History and Literature at the UWM Peck School of the Arts will host pre-concert talks beginning at 6:30pm before each concert. Beethoven: Quartet Op.18-1 Guillaume Connesson: Quartet (2010) Debussy: Quartet, Op.10 Programs subject to change

Friday Night Figure Drawing

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week on Friday until June 26, 2015

Draw the nude male or female figure from a variety of poses. Open to artists of all skill levels!

Fine Arts Quartet

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Timothy Noonan, Senior Lecturer in Music History and Literature at the UWM Peck School of the Arts will host pre-concert talks beginning at 6:30pm before each concert. Guest cellist Dominique de Williencourt Haydn: Quartet Op.50-6 (“Frog”) Williencourt: Etchmiadzine et le Mont Ararat, Op.3 Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, Op.163 (D.956) Programs subject to change

Friday Night Figure Drawing

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week on Friday until June 26, 2015

Draw the nude male or female figure from a variety of poses. Open to artists of all skill levels!

Dance MFA Thesis Concert: Behind Stuck and Unstuck by Jennifer Glaws

June 26 - 27

Evening-length concert as the culmination of Glaws’ research into the relationship of dance making with cognitive development.

Friday Night Figure Drawing

June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week on Friday until June 26, 2015

Draw the nude male or female figure from a variety of poses. Open to artists of all skill levels!

Fine Arts Quartet

June 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Timothy Noonan, Senior Lecturer in Music History and Literature at the UWM Peck School of the Arts will host pre-concert talks beginning at 6:30pm before each concert. Guest clarinetist Michel Lethiec Rossini: Introduction, Theme & Variations (from “La Donna del Lago”​) Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, K.581 David Del Tredici: Clarinet Quintet “Magyar Madness” (2006) Programs subject to change

University Community Orchestra Concert

July 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The University Community Orchestra presents its Summer concert.

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