Friday, November 21, 2008

Gallery Openings Tonight!

Two UWM-related art events for your Friday night viewing pleasure!

Brandon Bauer, Robert Johnson, Jon Horvath, Tiffany Knopow
November 21-December 13, 2008

*Inova/Arts Center
Arts Center Building
2400 East Kenwood Boulevard
(second floor) on the UWM campus

*Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 5-7 pm
Gallery Talk: Tuesday, November 25, 4 pm*

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm
Information: (414) 229-5070
This event is free and open to the public.


November 21-December 14, 2008

Kunzelmann Esser Lofts
710 W. Historic Mitchell St., Milwaukee

*Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 7:00 pm*

An exhibition of images from Focus, the photography club at UWM,
featuring the work of:

Andie Van Belkom
Trisha Busler
Mandy Chenoweth
Helen Coggin
Kate Dean
Calie Eller
Corey Gaffer
Mary Gehrke
Thomas Harris
April Heding
Scott Jeffrey
Maegan Novak
Leslie Peckham
Erin Therrien
Megan Thomas
Steph Wisnet
Brian Zbichorski

Friday, November 7, 2008

Meet Tom Harris!

22 years old
Photography major, Senior
Photography Area Manager @ the SACC for 2 years

Band: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Hang-out spot: Lake Michigan
Artist/work: Bernd & Hilda Becher (Water towers)--they're amazing
Class/teacher: All my photo classes & teachers:  Naomi Shersty, Gina Rymarcsuk

What do you do in your spare time? Bike, fish, photograph
Why are you a photography major? I love photography and I love photographing
Useful tips: Work hard, make your education what you want it
The plan once you graduate? Move to Chicago, architectural photography!
What do you like about the SACC? Everything, the SACC is amazing

Other photography resources:, a self-publishing site
Focus, the photography club at UWM has a blog with other useful resources!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Need a weekend project?

Check out ReadyMade for some great ideas!  Here are some of my favorites and they're super easy, quick, and awesome!

All photos and ideas are from

Monday, October 27, 2008

Act/React Interactive Art

Everyone should check out the Act/React Exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum on display now! Check out the website to get more info and a taste of what you'll see.

"This first-of-its-kind exhibition presents installation artwork dependent upon and subject to the intuitive and nontechnical physical actions of the visitor. Among the works featured are talking tables, virtual snowstorms, and glowing pools of organic patterns by artists Janet Cardiff, Brian Knep, Liz Phillips, Daniel Rozin, Scott Snibbe, and Camille Utterback."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Meet Andrea 'Andie' Hunley!

27 years old
Ceramics Major, Senior(ish)
Ceramics Area Manager & Kelley in training @ the SACC

Bands: I love, love, love music...some favs: Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, Rolling Stones, Sufjan Stevens...mucho mas!
Food: Sushi from Izumi's
Hang-out spot: Comet
Class/teacher: hmmm...many
Favorite medium: Clay

What do you do in your spare time? If I go out: dance, go to concerts, art shows, meet w/friends. If I stay in: watch films, make things, make things while watching films...
Why are you a Ceramics major? Ceramics satisfies my infinite nature on all levels.
Useful tips: Practice, practice, practice. Ceramics are a fine mix of engineer, mad scientist, and mud-pie loving's in the blood. Ceramics takes a lot of work...some people just make it look easy.
Best tool: My hands...and my brain.

The plan once you graduate? Grad. school
What do you like the SACC? I really appreciate Kaarin's my little ponies dappled around the studio...seriously. Okay, I also love that the SACC is ALIVE! It is truly a creative space w/awesome employee!
Why do you work at the SACC? R u kidding?!? Great people, great space, great fun! It is great to be part of an artist's community with so many people exploring different processes.

Ceramics Resources:
Ceramic Arts Dailly
Sculptural Ceramics Artists Links

Friday, October 17, 2008

Becky Tesch on Gallery Night

Becky Tesch works with old bicycle parts and found objects to create wearable, fashionable accessories. Her work can be found at

Hear what Becky has to say about gallery night this weekend! "Hear what Becky Tesch, of HGA architects, suggested would be good events to hit for Gallery Night. Her picks include the Nohl show at Inova, 2155 N. Prospect Ave. Becky also filled me in on a show she's helping to organize at HGA. More on that in a coming blog post."--Mary Louise Schumacher, Art City

Becky Tesch will be instructing our Hot Cuffs Workshop!
Saturday, November 8th
12:30pm to 2:30pm

Learn to make high fashion cuff bracelets out of garbage! Upcycling is a great way to make yourself more fashion savvy on the cheap! Used bicycle inner tubes will be used to make simple, but hot, cuffs.

UWM Students: $25
Faculty, staff, alumni: $30
Community members: $35

Photo of Becky from

Monday, October 13, 2008

Classes & Workshops @ the SACC

Session 2 of classes is coming up quick so grab a spot a.s.a.p!

Screen Printing
Ceramics: Home Sweet Home

Workshops are also filling up fast!

Accessories & Embellishments
Hot Cuffs
Intro to Embroidery & Surface Design
Pewter Casting
Experimental Enameling
Raku Workshop

For details, prices, & dates, check out the official SACC website.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Meet Kaarin Swan!

24 years old
Art Education & Art History major @ UWM (I'm going on the better part of a decade)
Operations Manager @ the SACC

Band: The Who
Song: "Under Pressure" by Bowie
Food: Cheerios
Restaurant: Botanas
Hang-out spot: My couch
Class/teacher: Jewelry classes w/Frankie Flood & Jen Harris--they are amazing!
Favorite medium: Everything!

What do you do in your spare time? I watch 90210 and stare at Luke Perry.
Why are you an Art Ed. major? So that I can teach awesome kids about art!
Useful tips: Don't sketch. Plan in 3D!
Useful tool: The laser cutter in the architecture building on campus.
The plan once you graduate? Find a job & get a super cute puppy.
What do you like the SACC? It is always there for me!
Why do you work at the SACC? Because I love art & making it!

Words of wisdom: Don't listen to people who tell you that you can't make pretty art...they are liars!

Check out Kaarin's flickr site for some of her photography work and photos of other work!

October Gallery Night in Milwaukee

Gallery Night takes place in the Historic Third Ward and downtown Milwaukee area featuring 64 venues October 17th & 18th.  

To check out the participant list, click here.

For a printable event map, click here.

Don't forget to check out the PSOA calendar of events for more events, artists' talks, galleries, and more.

The Post Secret event was a success!

Frank Warren, creator of Post Secrets, came to the UWM campus last night to share his journey with us.  The lecture sold out and students made over 100 post secret cards here at the SACC to display in the Union.  If you missed it, check out the photos!  The gallery is also still up on the first floor of the Union outside of the UWM Bookstore.

The post secret gallery right after Frank's lecture let out:

The postcards up close & personal (click to enlarge the images):

Experimental Enameling

Saturday, November 1
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Breaking with tradition this workshop will focus on manipulating the tools and materials in new ways to yield unique and beautiful works of art. Workshop will focus on torch firing techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to make a one of a kind pendant. pair of earrings or ring. All supplies included!

Instructor: Kaarin Swan (items in photo were made by Kaarin)
UWM Students:  $30 
Faculty, staff, alumni:  $35 
Community members:  $40

Monday, October 6, 2008

Faythe Levine

The Institute of Visual Arts (Inova) at the UWM Peck School of the Arts opens an exhibition of work by the seven artists, including Faythe Levine, who received Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists in 2007.

When:  Friday, October 10, 2008; reception 6-9pm; gallery talk at 6:30pm
Where:  Inova/Kenilworth, 2155 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Check out for more info on the artists and events.

As listed in the Oct. 7th blog post, Faythe Levine will be speaking in the UWM Union on Nov. 17th and in preparation, the SACC is offering 2 Craftivism workshops:
Hot Cuffs Workshop
Intro to Embroidery & Surface Design Workshop

Friday, October 3, 2008

Upcoming events in October!

Tomorrow: Fitting Your Britches
Saturday, October 4
12:30pm to 3pm

Want a pair of designer jeans? Than YOU be the engineer! Learn how pants are patterned and explore techniques to change your unfit flannels into gorgeous gauchos, funny flairs into streamline seams, or high risers into low-riders.

Instructor: Vanessa Andrew
UWM Students:$ 25
Faculty, staff, alumni: $30
Community members: $35

The second session of classes will start at the end of October so sign up now to reserve your spot!

Classes Include:
Illustration with
Vanessa Andrew (check out this article on Vanessa)
Home Sweet Home Ceramics with ceramic artist Katheryn Corbin
Screen Printing with Kaarin Swan
Casting with Frank Mueller & Kaarin Swan

Classes run 5 weeks and include a free membership for the duration of the class! And everyone can take them, you don't have to be a student to enjoy the SACC!

Check back soon for an update the great turnout for the Post Secret Event and Frank Warren's visit!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Craftivism Workshops in November!

To get everyone ready for Craftivist Faythe Levine's talk at the UWM Union on November 17, the Studio Arts and Craft Centre will host a workshop series highlighting the work of local crafters and activists!

Faythe Levine Crafting Your Life: Constructing a Creative DIY Community
Milwaukee, WI

Artist and organizer Faythe Levine, a 2007 recipient of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Individual Artist Fellowship, talks about craft, activism and community--from your home, to the gallery, and into the street. Levine will examine local and national Do-It-Yourself movements, consider the role of DIY in arts-based initiatives, and engage you in a discussion of alternative ways to structure your life, create community and use your creative skills for personal exploration or direct action.

Becky Tesch works with old bicycle parts and found objects to create wearable, fashionable accessories. Her work can be found at  Becky was also on HGTV creating duct tape purses!

Hot Cuffs Workshop
Saturday, November 8th 
12:30pm to 2:30pm

Learn to make high fashion cuff bracelets out of garbage! Upcycling is a great way to make yourself more fashion savvy on the cheap! Used bicycle inner tubes will be used to make simple, but hot, cuffs.

Instructor: Becky Tesch
UWM Students: $25
Faculty, staff, alumni: $30 
Community members: $35 

Cortney Heimerl is the assistant producer and co-author of the forthcoming documentary and book Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft, and Design.For more information on the film, visit

Intro to Embroidery and Surface Design Workshop 
Saturday, November 15

12:30pm to 2:30pm

Saturday, November 8th This class will guide you step-by-step through the process of embellishing fabric surfaces.  Learn basic embroidery stitches and appliqué techniques to create captivating collages through fiber. 

Instructor: Cortney Heimerl
UWM Students: $25 
Faculty, staff, alumni: $30 
Community members: $35

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Meet Kelley Linehan!

27 years old
Graphic Design major @ UWM
Program Manager @ the SACC

Favorite hang-out spot: SACC
What do you like about the SACC? The people
Why do you work @ the SACC? It pays the bills. Wait, it doesn't--because it is fun!
Why do you want to be a graphic designer? To save the world!
Favorite crafty equipment: New screenprinting washout sink at the SACC
Favorite medium: screenprinting, material, paper
What is the plan once you graduate? Again, to SAVE the WORLD! And design amazing things.

Visit Kelley's
flickr page to check out some of her work!

Also check out
AIGA-UWM (American Institute of Graphic Arts UWM Chapter)--"We are a passionate group of artists and designers that are interested in broadening UWM and Milwaukee's awareness of the importance of design. We aspire to build a community of inspired and resourceful designers."

Are you into typography? Check out
Helvetica (A Documentary by Gary Hustwit)-- "Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Helvetica is currently screening at film festivals, museums, design conferences, and cinemas worldwide, and is now available on DVD."

You also have to check this out:

Monday, September 29, 2008

Green Student Fair

Sept. 25th was the Green Student Fair in the Union--at the SACC's booth, participants created reusable canvas bags.  Check out what went on!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Tour the SACC!

Just to give you a little taste of what you're missing out on, we're giving you a digital tour of the Craft Centre--check out everything we have to offer!
Welcome to the Studio Arts & Craft Centre, or SACC if you want to sound really cool--we're on the ground floor of the Union and open at noon.
We're much more than just a hallway--walk a little further and you'll discover the studio.  To the left and you'll find tables for ceramics, a slab roller, extruder, glaze room, 3 kilns, and 8 pottery wheels.
Stop in to use one of the 8 pottery wheels--you can even check out all the tools you'll need to make that perfect piece.
To the right you'll find the general studio area with a brand new screen printing wash-out sink, 6 work tables, a light table for photo negatives, rentable lockers, and the jewelry & metalsmithing area.
Onto the photo area--here is the main hallway.  The yellow lockers are available for members to rent.  At the end of the hall you'll find matte cutters, a photo drying rack, a negative dryer, and more.
There are 3 film processing/screen pr
ocessing rooms complete with all the tools and chemicals needed--just check them out at the front desk!
The B&W film darkroom has plenty of enlargers and all the tools you'll need.  If the Mitchell lab is full or you just want to play around with your photos, the lab is all yours.
The SACC has a variety of tools for check-out at the front desk.  Film processing kits, photo printing kits, sewing machines/supplies, clay buckets w/tools, screenprinting tools, and plenty of jewelry/metalsmithing tools are all available to members at no cost.
There are also a bunch of supplies available for purchase including red and white clay, clay tool kits, poster board/foam board, B&W film, photo paper, screens, and screenprinting inks.

Now that you've gotten a taste of the SACC, stop in and ask the clerk at the front desk for a real tour and get started on you projects!  Remember, UWM students have a free membership and community members, staff, faculty, and alumni are always welcome for a membership fee!

See you soon!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Upcoming Post Secret Event!!

Sunday, Sept. 21-Tuesday, Sept. 23

To celebrate Frank Warren's work with Post Secret and his upcoming visit to UWM on October 2nd, the UWM Studio Arts & Craft Centre (SACC) is hosting an open workshop for participants to create their own Post Secret cards.  Stop in any time during hours, bring some friends, and have a good time.  Create your own to send to the website or submit it for an upcoming show in conjunction with the lecture.  All supplies provided.  Need some inspiration?  Visit

You can also check out the event page on facebook for more details on Frank's event!

(image from PS website)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Drumroll please...

Welcome to the new, the improved, and never before seen SACC blog!

We'll be coming at you a couple times a week, so check back to see what's going on here in the SACC, as well as read member & staff bios, check out photos, get amazing ideas, learn about things we discover, and much more that's greater than you can ever imagine.  I promise.

We want your input and ideas, so feel free to leave comments and share things you think the SACC and members should know about.

We'll give you a little preview of the weeks to come with some of the photos from our first open clay of the semester and tie dying! (photos to come)

Meet Kelley & Kaarin, managers here in the SACC--they're always around so you'll get to the know them pretty well.
Some people mastered the technique of tie dying and walked away with some pretty awesome t-shirts.
A view from above!
The concrete even got a taste of the tie dying action.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fall @ the SACC!

Line-up of classes for fall!


Intro to Jewelry and Metals
Thursdays, September 18 through October 16
7pm to 9pm
Learn the basics of jewelry and metalsmithing. Techniques covered will include use of several tools (jewelers saw, torches, files, flex shaft, etc), soldering, cold connections, patina, and finishing. All supplies included.
Instructor: Frank Mueller 
UWM Students: $100 Faculty, staff, alumni: $120 Community members: $130

Wednesdays, October 29 through December 3
7pm to 9pm
Course will cover the basic techniques of the lost wax casting process. We will be using a centrifugal casting machine. Participants will design and construct an item in wax to be cast in bronze. Skills covered will include: wax construction, model making, spruing, investing, casting, cleaning, mold making and finishing. 
2 ounces of bronze will be provided, additional metal available for purchase.
All other supplies included.
Please note: Class will not be held on November 26
Instructors: Frank Mueller and Kaarin Swan
UWM Students: $140 Faculty, staff, alumni: $160 Community members: $170

Art Jewelry
Wednesdays, September 17 through October 8
7pm to 9pm
This class will cover a wide variety of DIY jewelry techniques and styles. Processes covered will include bottle cap jewelry, resin setting, flocking, powder coating, seed bead mosaic, use of alternative/found materials, repurposing old unworn costume jewelry and torch firing enamel. 
All supplies are provided, however participants can also bring in additional items and supplies they would like to work with! 
Instructors: Frank Mueller and Kaarin Swan
UWM Students: $100 Faculty, staff, alumni: $120 Community members: $130


Intro to Black and White Photography
Wednesdays, September 17 through October 15
7pm to 9pm
Class will cover composition skills, developing and printing from black and white negatives. Students must provide their own camera, supplies extra. 
Instructor: Tom Harris
UWM Students: $80 Faculty, staff, alumni: $100 Community members: $110


Beginning Pottery Wheel
Mondays, September 15 through October 13
7pm to 9pm
Students will learn how to make functional pottery including bowls, mugs and vases. Glazes and firing included, clay is sold on location.
Instructor: Andrea Hunley
UWM Students: $80 Faculty, staff, alumni: $100 Community members: $110

Self Portrait in Clay
Tuesdays, September 16 through October 14
7pm to 9pm
Create a self-portrait (idealized or otherwise) in the form a life-sized ceramic bust. Transform yourself into a hero, heroine, enchanter or enchantress. The final piece will be painted, waxed and buffed to a shine.
Instructor: Katheryn Corbin
UWM Students: $80    Faculty, staff, alumni:$100   Community members:$110

Home Sweet Home 
Tuesdays, October 28 through November 25
7pm to 9pm
Create a large serving platter utilizing slab construction techniques. Bring along a photograph of your home, your grandma's house or the place of your dreams. The final piece will be fired and glazed. A perfect addition, just in time for the holidays.
Instructor: Katheryn Corbin
UWM Students: $80    Faculty, staff, alumni:$100   Community members:$110


Screenprinting on Fabric
Thursdays, October 30 through November 20
7pm to 9pm
Students will learn the fundamentals of screen printing and create designs to print on a variety of cloth items. All supplies included.
Instructors: Kaarin Swan
UWM Students: $90 Faculty, staff, alumni: $100 Community members: $110


Tuesdays, October 28 through November 25
7pm to 9pm
Understand illustration as an art form, the form and function of visual elements and principles of design, using story boarding and narrative, acting tactics, research, and the creative process.  Learn common computer and non-computerized illustration techniques, and explore verbal and visual relationships
Instructor: Vanessa Andrew
UWM Students: $100    Faculty, staff, alumni:$120   Community members:$130