Art History Student Welcome Event

We would like to extend to our students an invitation to our Art History Welcome Event on Thursday, September 21st from 4-6pm. The event will take place in Mitchell 191, with a visit to the new exhibition in the Emile H. Mathis Gallery.

The event will function largely as a meet and greet with Undergraduates, Graduates, interested students, and members of our faculty. Snacks and pizza provided. We will discuss the possibility of an Art History Student Group to provide more regular events and museum visits. To do so we will need student volunteers to consider taking on positions of leadership in the group.Even if you can’t stay the whole time, please stop by for what you can. We look forward to seeing you and hope that your semester is off to a solid start!

Florence, Italy: “Awaken the Dead: Florence as World Maker” (UWinteriM Faculty-led)

Aschenbrenner leading group of UWM students in Florence.

Awaken the Dead: Florence as World Maker provides a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with one of the most iconic cities in Art Historical study!  Students will be immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of Florence, as the course is taught openly in the streets, churches, piazzas, and markets. As a fusion between rigorous coursework and unique international program, the class will be highly experiential, and taught by an instructor who has led several study-abroad courses in Florence.  

Students will come away with a deeper understanding of the history of cross-cultural encounter, political intrigue, competitive spirit, and religious fervor that shaped European medieval and renaissance art.  The course will also include a visit to Pisa, whose history of warfare and maritime trade have left an indelible mark on the city. Visiting these sites in winter will allow students to avoid crowds of tourists while reveling in the festival atmosphere and glowing lights of the Christmas season (which lasts until the Feast of Epiphany on January 6th). New Year’s will be ushered in with fireworks over the Arno River and celebrations in the streets! Join us for an unparalleled academic and personal journey!

December 29, 2023 (arrival) – January 14, 2024

Program Leader: Michael Aschenbrenner, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Art History,

For more information:
Programs>Center for International Education (

Art Exposé Gallery Talks

Art Expose frame
The Art Exposé are 15-minute presentations in which Gallery Staff, Faculty, or Gallery Interns discuss a mystery art object in the gallery collection. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the results of object-based learning and support our gallery team. Plus, you may see something new and exciting you never knew we had!
Each talk will be at 1pm in the Mathis Art Gallery.

Presentations this semester:

  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 10

Art Works: Recent Donations to the UWM Art Collection

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September 18, 2023 through February 8, 2024

Opening Reception: September 14, 2023, 5-7pm
UWM Gallery Night Thursday, September 21st from 4-7pm

Art Works places the spotlight on curation and research practices at the UWM Art Collection and Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery. Drawing from recent donations and featuring objects of research attention, the exhibition emphasizes the gallery’s mission at work.

The UWM Art Collection and Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery are distinct in their accessibility to the public and their support of graduate and undergraduate training. Historically, art museums and collections have been shaped by relatively few people, and have quietly carried on collecting, researching, and displaying works with limited public input. Recently, art institutions and museum scholars have begun to lift the curtain. Art Works continues this new tradition of transparency.

The exhibit features pieces by well-known artists such as Dale Chihuly, Andy Warhol, and Alexander Calder. Lesser-known – but no less significant – artists including Max Arthur Cohn, Karen Fitzgerald, and Carlos Hermosilla Alvarez are also presented. Art Works highlights the key players that make the Mathis Art Gallery a rich resource for all.

Art Works: Recent Donations to the UWM Art Collection was curated by Academic Curator Leigh M.W. Mahlik and features research by former undergraduate and graduate student gallery interns, former gallery teaching assistants, faculty, and gallery staff.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Friends of Art History, the Max Arthur Cohn Preservation Fund, the Emile H. Mathis Preservation Fund, the Department of Art History, and the College of Letters and Sciences.


Detail of Karen Fitzgerald, Lambent, 2005, oil on canvas, Gift of Karen Fitzgerald and Kohler Foundation, Inc., UWMAC 2021.006.03

The Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Mitchell Hall 170
3203 N. Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Museum Hours

Mon – Thurs: 10 AM – 4 PM

* Visits by appointment only

Professor Wang post on C21 Blog: The Use of Dung in Northern Tibetan Culture–From Grassland to Grassland

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Series, Sets, and Collections: Japanese Books and Prints in the MPL Rare Books Room at Central

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Bamana “Mudcloth”: UWM Art Collection Research

bogolanfini Object 2009.002.24

Object ID: 2009.002.24 Object Name: Textile Artist/Maker: Unrecorded Bamana artist Culture: Bamana People, Mali Title: Bamana “Mudcloth” Medium: Woven textiles and resist-dye Dimension Details: H-67 W-45 inches On Campus Collection: UWM Art Collection Gift of Mark and Mary Jo Wentzel… Read More

Ethiopian String Instrument: UWM Art Collection Research


Research on an object from the UWM Art Collection at the the Emile H. Mathis gallery by Mirel Crumb. I had the wonderful opportunity to be able to learn more about an object in the UWM Art Collection at the… Read More

New blog post from Tanya Tiffany, “The Infanta Ana and the Infant Christ”

Read Professor Tiffany’s latest post on the website, AGENART,    

Matthew Rarey to publish book “Insignificant Things”

In Insignificant Things Matthew Francis Rarey traces the history of the African-associated amulets that enslaved and other marginalized people carried as tools of survival in the Black Atlantic world from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Often considered visually benign by white… Read More