Lecture & Fine Arts Series

Hollis Hammonds

The mission of the Lecture & Fine Arts Series at UW-Marathon County is to bring educational, culturally-enriching, high-quality, fine arts programs to students and community members throughout the year.

A student-centered committee fulfills this mission by creating a series that enhances a respect for racial, ethnic and cultural diversity in a multi-cultural world. The series is sponsored by the UW-Marathon County Student Fee Allocation Committee. As a result, ticket prices are always affordable, making the series the best arts bargain around.

Events include concerts, artist presentations and exhibits, film showings, poetry readings, theater productions and much more! The Lecture & Fine Arts Series contracts with national caliber master-artists in all disciplines to conduct residencies, workshops and classroom presentation, in addition to public performances. 

Lecture & Fine Arts Fall 2017 dates & events:

Central Wisconsin Book Festival, September 29 – 30

UWMC Lecture & Fine Arts is proud to partner with the Marathon County Public Library, Barnes & Noble, Janke Book Store and Wisconsin Public Radio for the first-ever Central Wisconsin Book Festival! For a full schedule of events, please visit mcpl.us/cwbf.

September 29
Fact or Fiction Storytelling event

for mature audiences
hosted by Charles Munroe-Kane

Do you have the skills to tell a great story? Maybe a true story so incredible that it defies belief. Or, a very convincing piece of fiction? The “Fact or Fiction?” live story-telling event kicks off the Central Wisconsin Book Festival. Submit 3 – 5 minute stories by September 15 to factorfiction@mcpl.us and your piece could be chosen to be read out loud at the event! The winner is the storyteller who tricks the most people in the audience. Everyone gets to enjoy telling and hearing the ripping yarns, both tall tales and honest truths.

Peabody Award winner for his work on the NPR program To the Best of Our Knowledge, Charles Munroe-Kane has lived all over the world and explored countless professions, providing him with an abundance of story material! His 2016 memoir, Lithium Jesus, gives his testimony of mental illness, drug abuse, faith and love.

Copies of Lithium Jesus will be available for purchase and signing.

7 p.m. James F. Veninga Theater

September 30
Poet Mai Der Vang

The Central Wisconsin Book Festival concludes with a reading by poet Mai Der Vang. The author of Afterland, which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Vang is a 2017-2018 Visiting Writer in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Vang’s poems tell the story of her family and of thousands of Hmong refugees seeking asylum.

Vang earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, along with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Poetry from Columbia University. Mai Der was born and raised in Fresno, California.

Copies of Afterland will be available for purchase and signing. 

7 p.m., James F. Veninga Theater

October 2 - 20
University of Minnesota

Graduate Art Student
Katayoun Amjadi

Katayoun is an Iranian-born ceramicist and sculptor. She belongs to the generation of Iranian women who experienced a childhood of wartime and an adolescence of social and political turmoil under the post-revolutionary regime. Shortly after immigrating to the United States, she came to realize that what she had left behind was more than material belongings, friends, or family members. Rather, she found herself stripped away from the familiar cultural context that had once constructed her sense of Self. In her artworks, she often considers the social aspirations that continually construct binaries which shape our perceptions of Self and Other, such as religion, gender, politics and nationalist ideologies. While cherishing the idiosyncrasies of her cultural heritage, she tries to make sense of the emotional turmoil involved in reconstructing a new identity as an Iranian-American. 

Katayoun will receive her Masters of Art in Sculpture and Ceramics in 2019 from the University of Minneota.  She received her Bachelor of  Art in Architecture from Islamic Azad University of Tehran in Tehran, Iran in 2003 and her Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Minnesota in 2013.

October 2 - 20
M-F: 8 am – 5 pm, Ahrnsbrak Gallery

October 2
7 pm, Room 180

October 19
Fall Classical Music Concert
Featuring the UWMC Concert Choir and Band.
7 pm, James F. Veninga Theater, $5 – tickets available at the door

October 22
Fall Jazz Concert
Featuring the UWMC Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Choir and Jazz Central Voice.
7 pm, James F. Veninga Theater, $5 – tickets available at the door

November 6 – 9
Hollis Hammonds

Hollis Hammonds’ dystopian drawings and found-object installations have been widely exhibited throughout the US including such venues as Redux Contemporary Art Center, the Grace Museum, the Dishman Art Museum and Women and Their Work gallery. Built on threads of personal memory tied to the public collective consciousness, her work reflects the evidence of war, natural disasters, environmental degradation, and the ills of consumerism. Hammonds is an Associate Professor of Art and chair of the department of Visual Studies at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.

Professor Hammonds will work with UWMC drawing and painting students throughout the week. Their work will complement her work-in-progress in the gallery throughout the week and will be on display as well.       

November 6 - 9

Ahrnsbrak Gallery (room 181)
Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm

Artist Presentations
November 9

               Ahrnsbrak Gallery (room 181)
              12:15 pm & 7 pm

November 9 – 12

By Molière

France 1664 meets U.S. 2017 as gullibility, lust, hypocrisy, young love and human foibles have no expiration date!

James F. Veninga Theater
November 9 – 11, 7:30 pm
November 12, 2 pm
$12 General
$10 Seniors and other students
UWMC Students – Free
Special rates available for groups of 8 or more.

December 7
Winter Instrumental  Music Concert

Featuring the UWMC Concert Band and the UWMC Jazz Band.
7 pm, James F. Veninga Theater, $5 – tickets available at the door

December 10
Winter Choral Concert

Directed by Dr. Timothy Buchholz and featuring Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Central Voices.
7 pm, James F. Veninga Theater, $5 – tickets available at the door

December 11
Music Majors Recital

Coordinated by Ann Applegate and featuring student music majors performing solo vocal and instrumental repertoire.
7 pm, James F. Veninga Theater, $5 – tickets available at the door