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Steve Wetzel

  • Director of Academic Affairs, Peck School of the Arts
  • Associate Professor, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Director, Undergraduate Studies
  • Co-Chair, Curriculum Committee


MFA, Film, UW-Milwaukee
MFA, Painting, University of Chicago
BFA, Painting, UW-Eau Claire


Steve Wetzel earned an MFA in painting from the University of Chicago (’98) and an MFA in film and video from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (’00). He has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has presented as guest lecturer and visiting artist at Bard College, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Columbia College Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Wetzel’s research interests include the intersection of experimental film/video and observational documentary, and “the social construction of reality.” Recent video, gallery work and publication include Music Club (30 min, single-channel video, 2015); Of the Iron Range (20 min, single-channel video, 2014); a series of paintings and sculptures as part of a solo exhibition titled Domestic Objects (Green Gallery, 2013); and [PAUSE] (2014), his second collection of essays published by the Green Gallery Press.

With courses in creative sound production (Film 116, Listening and Recording,), writing (Film 203/380, Writing for Short Films), advanced video (Film 420, Visual Effects), and graduate research (Film 720, Non-Fiction Poetics), Wetzel seeks to integrate his research and pedagogy and is a firm believer in the classroom as a radical, creative space where both teacher and student are vulnerable to the “threat or promise of transformation.” –David Antin.