Lecture & Fine Arts Series

Henry Li

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 fullfills 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 CountyStudent 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. 

Follow the links below or see the Events Calendar for detailed information about all upcoming Lecture & Fine Arts Series events.

Lecture & Fine Arts Fall 2016 dates & events:

September 15 – 17 | ‘Night Mother by Marsha Norman

In conjunction with Suicide Prevention Week, performances of this drama will be followed by talk-backs led by counselors, survivors and others in the community whose lives have been affected by suicide.
James F. Veninga Theater September 15 – 17, 7 pm September 18, 2 pm
Ticket information TBA

October 3 - 21  | University of Minnesota Graduate Art Student Reb L. Limerick 

Reb L. Limerick is a multi-media performance artist and second-year MFA candidate in the area of Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice at the University of Minnesota. She received a BA with honors in experimental film/video and writing from UC San Diego. RebL’s loopy musical storytellings aim to locate and explore breaches and recursively engage the spectator! Through audience connection, video projection, and word play, RebL places an emphasis on language and humor to explore the depths of our human relationship with the environment.


Free, October 3 – 21; M-F: 8 am – 5 pm, Ahrnsbrak Room

Artist Lecture

Free, October 3, 7 pm, Room 180 

October 23 | Music Department Fall Concert

Featuring all five UW-Marathon County music ensembles.
James F. Veninga Theater, 7 pm, Free 

November 7 - 10 | Henry Li, Chinese brush painter residency

Trained in a time-honored tradition of art, Henry Li began painting in 1974 in his hometown of Nanjing. He became a fellow of the Center for Oriental Painting and Calligraphy Study in 1983. After receiving his degree in ancient Chinese history at the University of Washington he taught culture and history classes as well as traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. Since 1997 he has been involved with a number of internet adventures and designed numerous e-commerce websites. In recent years he has returned to traditional ink and watercolor media.


On display in the Ahrnsbrak Gallery (room 181) Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm.

Brush Painting Workshop Center for Visual Arts

November 9, 6 pm
Register Online 

Artist Talks

November 10, room 180 12:15 pm & 7 pm
Room 180, Free

November 14 - 15 | Charles Hughes Historian residency

UW-Marathon County alumnus Dr. Charles Hughes comes to campus for a residency that combines his expertise in music and history. Hughes earned his Ph. D in history from UW Madison and is currently the director of The Memphis Center at Rhodes College. Hughes' research and publications focus on the intersection of music and history, particularly in the south during the civil rights movement. His acclaimed first book, "Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South," was named one of the Best Music Books of 2015 by Rolling Stone. He is also a voter for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 

"Land of a Thousand Dances: What Rock 'n' Roll Teaches Us About American Democracy"

November 14, 7 pm
UW-Marathon County auditorium (room 133)
General Admission $5
UW-Marathon County students - free

"Keep Listening: Why Today's Popular Music Matters"

UW-Marathon County auditorium (room 133) 12:15 pm
General Admission $3 UW-Marathon County students - free 

November 17 - 20 | Patrick Barlowe’s The 39 Steps

A fast-paced rendition of the Hitchcock film. 

James F. Veninga Theater
November 17 - 19, 7:30 pm November 20, 2 pm
$15 General $10 Seniors and other students UW-Marathon County Students – Free

December 8 - 16 | Student Drawing and Painting Exhibit

Come view the work of the drawing and painting students.
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm, Ahrnsbrak Gallery 

December 8 | Winter Instrumental Music Concert

Featuring the UW-Marathon County Concert Band, directed by Chad Premeau and the UW-Marathon County Jazz Band, directed by Jeff Erickson.
7 pm, James F. Veninga Theater, Free 

December 9 | Ballroom Dance Event

Students from the Ballroom Dance class will share their newly-acquired skill as both performers and teachers. Come enjoy their performance and learn a new step or two yourself! Dancing on the Veninga Theater stage, followed by a reception.

7 pm,  James F. Veninga Theater, $3 admission, free to UW-Marathon County students  

December 11 | Winter Choral Concert

Directed by Dr. Timothy Buchholz and featureing Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Central Voices.
7 pm, James F. Veninga Theater, Free 

December 12 | Music Majors Recital

Coordinated by Ann Applegate and featuring student music majors performing solo vocal and instrumental repertoire.
7 pm, James F. Veninga Theater, Free 

Coming up in 2017

February 6 – 24 – UW Graduate Art student exhibit

February 17 – 18 – 24 Hour Arts Challenge 

March 15 – 18 – Remember the Sinner

April 21 – Vocal Jazz Festival