In cooperation with the La Crosse County Historical Society, students from the Public and Policy History Major/Minor at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse have chosen 15 historical objects that were made in La Crosse and represent the community’s diverse history.
Students and community members enrolled in the [art]ifact class at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse each selected one of the 15 objects to research. They are curating the objects, running the PR campaign, developing an education program that features arts integration, and creating interactive activities to accompany the exhibit.
Jurors selected 15 artists from submissions received in response to an open call to artists. Artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches were chosen.
Selected artists were assigned one of the objects as determined by the jurors, and visited the Historical Society to examine them. Artists were also given research about the object that was compiled by students.
Selected artists have three months to create a new work for the exhibition, inspired by their assigned object and its history. Final work will be displayed at the Pump House’s Kader Gallery in Spring 2016.
Opening Reception & Celebration & Presentation of Artist Prizes
Behind [art]ifact talk: Creative Imperatives
Objects: Camera, Pearl Buttons, Wedding Dress, Bottles
Artists: Jill Rippe, Ingvild Herfindahl, Marcia Thompson, Roger Boulay
Historians: Tami Holtslander, Megan Kautz, Katrina Bjornstad, Jenny DeRocher
Behind [art]ifact talk: Hmong Objects
Objects: Pleated Skirt, Knife
Artists: Lisa Lenarz, Preston Lawing
Historians: Alyssa Spiering, James North
Behind [art]ifact talk: Utility Objects
Objects: Trunk, Cigar Box, Biscuit Tin, Paper Fastener
Artists: Kim Vaughter, Sarah Pederson, Ben Alberti, Martha Schwem
Historians: Terri Karsten, Mercedes Fowler, Andrew Vittone, Gemma Zahradka
Behind [art]ifact talk: Ho-Chunk Objects
Objects: Hand Drum, Lacrosse Stick
Artists: Kate Hawkes, Jonathan Eimer
Historians: Callie O’Connor, Callie Niemi
Last day the exhibit is open to the public
Behind [art]ifact talk: Feminine Objects
Objects: “Leona” Undergarment, Fur Muff, Signature Quilt
Artists: Misha Bolstad, Brad Nichols, Kate Vinson
Historians: Sue Hessel, Ariel Reker, Sam Reinders, Rebekah Bain