WAUKESHA – Recent work from two members of the UW Colleges’ art department faculty will be on display in the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s art gallery through May 2.
Pieces by Tom Fleming, professor of art at UW-Marathon County, feature salt-fired porcelain, while Frank Zetzman, professor of art at UW-Fox Valley, uses ceramic, acrylic, bone, iron and wood in his work.
UW-Waukesha is located at 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha. For directions to the UW–Waukesha campus, including the Fine Arts Center (Southview) and the art gallery, go to waukesha.uwc.edu/about/overview/campus-map.
Statements from the featured artists:
Tom Fleming – This series of pieces strives for vertical stature, but is really involved with motion and transformation. The wings are reaching out, exploring the horizontal space that surrounds them. Some seem to embody the energy that formed the whole, rippling outward; flowing into the environment they’ve struggled to rise above. Other works, perhaps like a creeper plant, send probing feelers out to examine this unfamiliar space, tentative and fragile. At times the balconies seem stable and vibrant, actively orbiting around the central structure, helping to lift the piece higher. The gravity defying structures at other times spiral away seemingly out of control. I am very much interested in this flow from layer to layer as they undulate off their core and, am equally concerned with the relationship between the vertical and the horizontal balancing act.
Frank Zetzman – The origins of my pieces exhibited began about three years ago when I started collecting clay and slurry buckets remaining in the studio. These clay bucket remains are transformed into landforms by firing, painting, adding additional symbolic elements, and integrating the piece into a wood base to create the illusion of scale, spaces and places.
The free gallery is open 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. For a private viewing, contact Timothy Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW–Waukesha has the largest enrollment among the 13 UW Colleges campuses. These freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online comprise the UW Colleges. They offer an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs.
In addition, UW-Waukesha offers several collaborative bachelor’s degrees through UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh. Starting this fall, UW-Waukesha is offering the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree completion program, a bachelor’s degree that can be earned at UW-Waukesha in collaboration with UW-Parkside. The degree is conferred by UW Colleges. Classes are taught by faculty from both UW-Waukesha and UW-Parkside.
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