Art & Design Exhibitions & Showcases

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Our art and design programs host a myriad of exhibitions and showcases throughout the academic year. Below are typical shows you can expect as an Art & Design student.

BFA Exhibition
A biannual exhibition showcasing the work of its graduating Bachelor of Fine Art (studio) students and projects by the Bachelor of Art students. The exhibition traditionally takes place at the end of Fall and Spring semesters.

This curated biennial exhibition features the work of alumni and takes place in the Arts Center Gallery every even year during the Fall semester.

Crossing Over
An exhibition showcasing work created by students who received scholarship in the previous school year. This exciting annual event includes artwork produced by these emerging artists in a wide range of mediums and covering a variety of topics and takes place at the UWM Union Art Gallery during Fall semesters.

Design Entrepreneurial Showcase
An annual event held each Fall featuring the innovative products and services developed by senior students in the Design & Visual Communication program. Similar to a poster session at a professional conference, students stand with their designs, ready to give visitors a quick and dynamic pitch about their concept and its current state. This event takes place at Kenilworth Square East 3rd floor exhibition space.

First Year Exhibition
A student’s first year is a time of artistic and personal development during which students choose their areas of concentration and begin to see themselves becoming practitioners in their field. This exhibition is an opportunity for these students to showcase the work they have created during this process, which takes place at the UWM Union Art Gallery each Spring semester.

Graduate Exhibitions & Gallery Talks
This exhibition showcasing works by students receiving their Master of Art (MA) and Master of Fine Art (MFA) degrees takes place near the end of every semester in Kenilworth Square East Gallery. There is also an afternoon of artist talks by the exhibiting graduates in conjunction with the exhibition.

A juried exhibition of student work from the Jewelry & Metalsmithing program, takes place each Spring semester at Kenilworth Square East 3rd floor exhibition space.

Photography BFA Exhibition
An exhibition that showcases the thesis work of graduating Photography & Imaging seniors. This show is the culmination of a year dedicated to the development of a strong studio practice and focused research, and celebrates the unique stylistic and conceptual voice of each student. This takes place toward the end of each semester at an off-campus site of participating students’ choosing.

Senior Design Capstone Showcase
This event takes place near the end of each Spring semester and is the culmination of the Capstone Project course for the Design & Visual Communications program. Students design the exhibition space and displays to create a fully immersive experience. This event takes place at Kenilworth Square East 3rd floor exhibition space.

Sum Total
This biennial exhibition features the work of faculty and academic teaching staff and takes place in the Arts Center Gallery every odd year during the Fall semester.

UWM Union Art Gallery | Annual Juried Exhibition
An exhibition showcasing student artists from around the Greater Milwaukee area working in a variety of mediums. Juried by a panel of three Milwaukee arts professionals, the top three exhibiting artists will be announced and awarded cash prizes during the opening reception. The exhibition takes place at the UWM Union Art Gallery during the Spring semester.

Woven Images
An exhibition of selected woven pieces from students within the Fibers program. It opens at the beginning of Fall semester at Kenilworth Square East 3rd floor exhibition space.