Dawn Springer featured on Radio Milwaukee’s Uniquely Milwaukee podcast

Dawn Springer (Teaching Faculty I, Dance) was recently featured by Radio Milwaukee for her exploration of ballet traditions and gender norms through her project, “Step of Two.” Springer’s choreography, which featured former Milwaukee Ballet dancers Itzel Hernandez and Anna Hidalgo, showcases two females performing a deconstructed version of the classical ballet piece Pas de Deux. She was interviewed on an episode of Radio Milwaukee’s podcast “Uniquely Milwaukee.”

PSOA Alum Fred Kaems’ vibrant murals featured on CBS 58 

Milwaukee artist and PSOA alum Fred Kaems (BFA 2016, Art) was recently featured in CBS 58’s ongoing “Art in MKE” series that highlights the work of local artists. Kaems has become a recognizable name in the Milwaukee art scene with murals of his being commissioned throughout the city. He describes his pieces as bringing color to what he feels was previously a “pretty gray” place to be.

Film alums behind one of 2024’s biggest indie films

PSOA alums Quinn Hester (BFA 2021, Film), Kurt Ravenwood (BFA 2011, Film), and Ryland Tews (BFA 2014, Film) are the creative forces behind Hundreds of Beavers. The black-and-white slapstick comedy has become one of 2024’s most successful independent films. The film was shot under a modest budget of $150,000 across 12 weeks, nine of which were in sub-zero temperatures in northern Wisconsin. Tews, who wrote and starred in the film, discussed this in his recent interview with Variety Magazine.

Faculty and alums involved with highly anticipated Danceworks showcase

PSOA faculty Maria Gillespie (Associate Professor, Dance) and Christal Wagner (Lecturer, Dance) recently showcased their collaborative work “Dixit Dominus and Cantos” at Calvary Presbyterian Church. The piece was presented with 13 members of Danceworks Performance MKE, for which Wagner is the artistic director. The work was described by Shepherd Express as one of “the most exciting collaborations in the Milwaukee dance world this season.”

PSOA alum Jeremy Novy’s urban koi fish and queer street art featured on CBS 58

UWM alum Jeremy Novy was recently featured in a comprehensive piece by CBS 58. Novy is best known as the artist behind the black, white, and orange koi fish that get painted throughout city sidewalks, starting in Milwaukee but now branching all around the world. The idea came to Novy following a study abroad trip to China that he took while studying at Peck School of the Arts.

Tone Madison highlights Jesse McLean’s film ‘Light Needs’ ahead of Wisconsin Film Festival

Jesse McLean (Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres) and her feature-length documentary Light Needs were recently featured in an article by Tone Madison. McLean’s film is paired with four experimental shorts for a botanical inspired program in the 2024 Wisconsin Film.
In the article, McLean’s film is described as shining “a light on the responsibility for care towards other living beings,” which she does by prioritizing houseplants as subjects in addition to interview snippets from their owners.

Earlybird writer-director Martin Kaszubowski ’14 featured on Cinebuds podcast

‘Earlybird’ writer-director Martin Kaszubowski (MFA ’14, Film) recently spoke with Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori on the popular podcast Cinebuds. In the episode, Kaszubowski reflected on his time at Peck School of the Arts, specifically noting that his experience with DocUWM and the course, Zen and the Arts of Filmmaking, were instrumental to his development as an artist. Milwaukee audiences may have seen his film, which includes several additional PSOA connections among the cast and crew, when it screened at 2023’s Milwaukee Film Festival. It is now available for streaming.

CBS 58 covers UWM Wind Ensemble performance at state capitol

In March, the UW-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble Chamber Winds performed at the Wisconsin state capitol. Director of Bands, Dr. Thomas Gamboa, spoke with CBS 58 about the opportunity for students to perform. In addition to the beautiful reverb and special nature …

Assistant Professor Marquise Mays featured on Creating Milwaukee series

Assistant Professor Marquise Mays was featured in a recent episode of No Studios’ mini-documentary series Creating Milwaukee. The series showcases some of Milwaukee’s best artists and creatives, shining a light on their connection to their community through art.

MFA alum Allison Calteux explores family’s history in archival project

Allison Calteux (MFA 2023, Art) has been receiving attention for her recent photography project Remnants // relics // remembrance. The impressive body of work examines her family archives through self-portraits and still-life interactions with books, jewelry, and images, creating representations of her ancestors. Calteux is now a lecturer in photography and imaging lecturer at PSOA.