The UWMC Lecture and Fine Arts Series supports an annual artist in residence program, each creating substantial and in-depth experiences in the visual arts for the campus and the surrounding community. The diversity of the programs has shown that students and the community have thought deeply about issues of war, racism, utopias, ecological impact, and cross-generational communication through the visual arts.
- Luci Kandler is a textile and apparel designer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through a Community Foundation Grant, Kandler worked with UWMC students and area high school art students to digitally create textile design repeats that were then printed using the photosilkscreen process. She gave a lecture about her work in fashion and her studio space business Faux Poco. Her garment submission to the International Textile and Apparel Association won “Most Sustainable Design” in 2009.
"Finding the Middle Way" - Matthew Brown worked with a Drawing II student to create an animation addressing domestic violence issues, based on Yer and the Tiger, a traditional Hmong folktale. The documentary was screened and a forum of other producers and contributors discussed the process of film making and the social justice issues addressed to the community and to Women in the Arts students who wrote responses and posted them online. A former UWMC student Lor (Lao) Lao exhibited his work from his recent BFA exhibit that explores Hmong imagery and mythology.
- Tim Fisher lectured about his paintings that that harken back to work of trompe l'oeil masters and Baroque still life. Students created work based on the principles of trompe l'oeil, Hopper, and Daumier, and both Fisher's and student work were displayed in the Ahrnsbrak gallery. A screening of "Babette's Feast" accompanied by Fisher's in depth lecture on the symbolism and social context of food in art was provided to UW-Extension Continuing Education and UWMC students.
- Internationally recognized artist Harrell Fletcher conducted a residency called Humans at War in which students interviewed community members about their experiences of war. The interviews were documented by drawings, and, alongside Fletcher’s photographs and films were exhibited in the UWMC Ahrnsbrak gallery.
- Art and Social Practice artist Adam Moser returned to his hometown of Merrill and conducted a residency about the strength of families in Wisconsin. Students toured a neighborhood home and documented their experiences in an installation in the Ahrnsbrak gallery.
- Internationally recognized for her work that spearheaded the art and ecology movement, Patricia Johanson lectured about her famous works in Fair Park, Lagoon in Dallas, Texas and Ellis Creek Water Treatment Plant in Petaluma, California. Johanson conducted a residency with students reviewing their designs for a tree house, a memorial, and a bridge for the Robert W. Monk gardens, a botanical garden bequeathed to UWMC.
- At the forefront of the repurposed wood industry, Carlos Salgado lectured about his sustainable furniture products made in Brooklyn, NY and reviewed student art work that used reclaimed materials which culminated in an exhibit.
- Award winning animator Miles Inada screened his “Legends from Camp” that told the story of his father Poet Laureate Lawson Inada’s experiences in a Japanese Internment Camp. His residency asked students to create graphic novels depicting their own experiences.
- Dramatic theater performer and puppeteer Donovan Zimmerman of Paperhand Puppet Intervention, a company committed to sustainability, conducted a residency in which students created 15 foot high bird puppets for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Birds in Art Exhibit parade in their sculpture garden.
- Founder of Happen, Inc., an organization committed to the art education and mentorship of inner city children, Tommy Rueff conducted a residency with students that culminated in a large trainscape in the Ahrnsbrak gallery and included collaborative work by college art students, Headstart children, area fourth graders, and model train enthusiasts celebrating the connectivity of trains and community.