Lecture & Fine Arts Series

Photograph by Sarah Sampedro
Photo by University of Minnesota Graduate Art Student Sarah Sampedro

The mission of the Lecture & Fine Arts Series at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau 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 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 2018-19 dates & events:


September 27 - 30
L&FA is proud to be a partner for the second annual Central Wisconsin Book Festival. For a full list of events, visit: https://www.mcpl.us/events/central-wisconsin-book-festival

Campus Highlights:

September 27
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Sconni's Alehouse & Eatery, Schofield
UW Faculty Reading
To start off the 2018 Central Wisconsin Book Festival, four different UW faculty, all gathering at Sconni's Alehouse & Eatery in Schofield,  will read their own fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Joining us will be:

Poet Pat Dyjak, assistant professor of English at UW-Stevens Point
Poet Danielle Hale, writing specialist and adjunct faculty member at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau
B.J. Hollars, author of several non-fiction books and associate professor of English at UW-Eau Claire 
Jill Stukenberg, associate professor of English at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau, sharing her original fiction

September 28
7:30 pm
Veninga Theater
Fact and Fiction and "Grace": A Live Storytelling Event

One of the most popular events of the 2017 Central Wisconsin Book Festival returns for our 2018 festival. We're looking for submissions from storytellers around the central Wisconsin area (or willing to travel here) who will read their work live in front of an audience at the Center for Civic Engagement in Wausau. The theme for this year's event is "Grace." What does that mean, exactly? That's up to you! Your story could be about love, religion, forgiveness, elegance or even a person named Grace! 

Our emcee for the night will once again be Charles Monroe-Kane, a modern-day raconteur and who has told stories for drinks all over the world. 

A panel of judges will be selecting the 10 best stories for this event. The deadline is Sept. 14. Email your stories to factandfiction@mcpl.us. Attn: Fact and Fiction. Word counts of 250 – 400 words suggested for reading time of 3-5 minutes. Include all contact information and your classification of the story as fact or fiction. Please also state that you are eighteen years or older, and that the work is your own. Hard copy submissions can be brought to or mailed to the Marathon County Public Library, 300 N. First St., Wausau, WI 54403 c/o Chad Dally. 

Charles and members of the UWMC faculty and staff of MCPL will be available to work one-on-one with each storyteller to help develop both the story and the Friday night performance. Call 715-261-7230 for more information. Please note this program may contain mature themes and language. 

September 29
7 pm
Veninga Theater
The Fall of Wisconsin with Author Dan Kaufman

For more than a century, Wisconsin has been known nationwide for its progressive ideas and government. It famously served as a "laboratory of democracy," a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea, which championed expertise in the service of the common good. But following a Republican sweep of the state's government in 2010, Wisconsin's political heritage was overturned, and the state went Republican for the first time in three decades in the 2016 presidential election. 

The Fall of Wisconsin is Wisconsin native Dan Kaufman's deeply reported account of how the state's progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country. He follows Wisconsin politics closely, and he's also written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. He'll discuss his book, published in July 2018, and the current state of politics in Wisconsin right ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. A Q&A and book signing will follow his presentation. 

October 8
University of Minnesota Graduate Art Student Sarah Sampedro public presentation
noon, room 180

Sarah Sampedro is a Minneapolis-based photographer interested in social systems, relationships, community, and belonging. Her interest lies in revealing some of the hidden factors that construct social relationships: she has photographed her Minneapolis neighborhood in the midst of an argument over historic designation and gentrification, created an installation using racially restrictive real estate contracts from Hennepin County, MN, and traveled across Europe, researching and photographing places border walls have been built. She is motivated by questions about the psychological and constructed space that exists between people.


“I could tell you how many steps make up the streets rising like stairways, and the degree of the arcades’ curves, and what kind of zinc scales cover the roofs; but I already know this would be the same as telling you nothing. The city does not consist of this, but of relationships between the measurements of its space and the events of its past…”

                          – Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

October 8 - 26
University of Minnesota Graduate Art Student Sarah Sampedro photography exhibit
8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday, Ahrsbrak Gallery

The French Film Festival returns! Check back for dates and films.

February 4 - 22
University of Wisconsin graduate art student exhibit

March 1 - 2
4th Annual 24 Hour Arts Challenge
Do you work well under pressure? Participate in our 24 Hour Arts Challenge! In the afternoon of March 1 you will be given prompts and requirements for a visual artwork, short written piece or a short play. You have just 24 hours to create and share your work with the public. You can also participate in our 24 Hour Choir and perform a choral piece composed entirely in 12 hours! 

April 12
Vocal Jazz Fest concert
m-pact has been hailed as "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Touring across 4 continents, and appearing with superstar artists ranging from Boyz II Men to Natasha Bedingfield, this powerhouse acappella ensemble from Los Angeles has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature's "first instrument" - the human voice.