Monthly Archives: November 2012

Student Sculpture on exhibit

Asako Nakauchi’s sculpture student are displaying some amazing work on the main level of the library.  Check out our Facebook page for more photos.

Studio Sculpture Class:  Thousands of Thousands (Materials + Subject matter = Context)

The Studio Sculpture students used multitudes of found objects from their daily life or surroundings to create a new context.  Using the objects that could be collected in mass or easily cut into thousands of pieces, they did some critical thinking about what the material relationship would be to their subject matter.  The results are these sculptures that enhance, contrast, or conjure new meaning from the juxtaposition of materials and subject matter.  They can be enjoyed as political, ironic, or poetic manifestations, or simply in terms of the way the materials enhance the quality in their sculpture.

Introduction to Sculpture:  “BOOK” as a form of narrative sculpture

Introduction to Sculpture students stretched the definition of “book” to create a sculpture that tells a story.  The aim is not simply to “tell” or illustrate an event.  Rather they aimed to create a sculpture that evokes some specific feeling from a narrative event.  The resulting works are therefore not bound to the narrative structural conventions of traditional story telling.  The works become structures that “hold” the experience of a narrative for the viewer to discover.

“Studio Salon” in Harriet Barry Gallery

“Studio Salon” is an exhibition featuring the creative and diverse work of studio painting students in instructor Jeannine Kitzhaber’s Art 338 class. Students in studio painting created nearly all of the works during the 2012 school year.

Artists exhibiting work are: Rome Gonstead, Suzanne Cranston, Theresa Schneiveis, JoAnna Schanno, Lacy Butler, Brianna Larson, Dan Risinger, Erik Sletten, Sarah Vruwink, Emily Moelter, Erin Hunter and Andrea Sorenson.

The exhibition will be on view from November 15-Dec. 1, 2012.  The Harriet Barry Gallery is open during normal public hours.

Home by Toni Morrison – Library Book Club

The Lion’s Paw Book Club will meet Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, from 3-4 pm in the library’s breezeway to discuss Home by Toni Morrison with discussion leader Margarita Hendrickson, UWRF Professor Emeritus of Spanish Literature.  All are welcome to attend.

Art Installations in the Library

Each semester Morgan Clifford’s Art Seminar class showcases installation art in the library.  The current crop will be exhibited beginning today through November 22nd.  Next time you are in the library wander around and check them out!  Pictured below, Lacy Butler’s “Everybody Wants Something” and Heather Molenaar’s “Jelly Tank.”

Everybody Wants Something bgy Lacy Butler

Featured MINDS@UW-River Falls Item of the Week

This week’s featured MINDS@UW-River Falls item is Why do some mineral change color when you turn them?  by retired UWRF Geology Professor Bill Cordua.  Dr. Cordua’s article appeared in the Leaverite News newsletter of the St. Croix Rockhounds in Stillwater, MN in 2009 and is one of the many articles found in the William S. Cordua, Ph.D. collection in the UWRF Geology community.  Visit to read Dr. Cordua’s article or to see other items in the MINDS@UW-River Falls repository, visit

In addition, check out Professor Cordua’s Minerals of Wisconsin found at

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