Art Gallery

The Founder’s Hall Art Gallery displays several art exhibits throughout the school year. Artists working with different media are invited to exhibit their work for 4-6 weeks. In December and May the gallery showcases student work from the previous semester.

The gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30:a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fridays until 4:30 p.m. . For more information contact Berel Lutsky, Associate Professor of Art, at 920-683-4735 or by e-mail


Currently on view - Dec. 19-Jan. 30

Poster stu show  Fa 2014

Work from the  fall studio classes will be on display in the gallery and in the south hallway of Founders Hall.

image on the poster is by Carolyn Huske


Upcoming Exhibits


Dec.15, 2014 - Jan. 28, 2015 - UW-Manitowoc Fall Semester Student Work


Jan. 30 - Feb. 20, 2015 - Matthew Bindert


Feb. 21 - March 6, 2015 - Prints from "24 Hours  of  Art -2015"


March 6-April 3 -  Pete Railand


April 6 - May 8 - Katie Reis


Past Exhibits 

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       "Radial Parking Lot"

Don Krumpos -Wondertoonel Artificialis and other memorabilia

Last fall I returned to my birthplace and ancestral grounds in Northeast Wisconsin after five years in Minneapolis studying design. Since then, I have spent much time revisiting the pastoral landscapes of my boyhood adventures, and experiencing both a sense of familiarity and temporal dissonance, as the sights and smells changed with each passing micro-season. With sentimentality and the ache of nostalgia, I have had the time to carefully observe and recollect the ruins of my childhood, while discovering an adulthood wonder of enchantment of the creeks, forests and farmlands with now un-innocent eyes.

 I attempt to enter a new period of suspension of disbelief as I envision an imaginary world that is only perceived by those with strong enough powers of observation. In this age of distraction and pervasiveness of images, my work is an elegy to lament the loss of “being able to go back”.

There will be a performance by the artist in the  gallery at 6:30PM, after  the Dec. 3 screening of  Art:21.

Rudy  Rotter  Drawing

Rudy Rotter "Family," Oct. 6 - Nov. 6

This is the fourth in a series of yearly exhibits of Rudy Rotter’s art work in the Founders Hall Gallery at UW Manitowoc.  The work chosen for this year’s show all have family as the subject, and reflect Rotter’s well cultivated sense of whimsy and willingness to address archetypical forms in uncommon ways.  The work engages the visual evocation of family in different ways, some are traditional representations of the nuclear family, and mothers with children, and others are very “out there”.   Rotter’s families can take the forms of aliens, become  stained  glass windows, mingle  with prairie dogs, or hide in the wallpaper foliage. 

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Selected Work From Really BIG PRINTS!! 

Sept. 2 - Oct. 3  

Steamroller Printing at UW-Manitowoc - 53 Artists came to print!! July 21 - 25, 2014

See the Really Big Prints page for more information

A selection from the prints made  this  summer will be in  the  gallery and the  hallway leading  to the  green house. All of  the prints displayed are available for "adoption" for  details contact Prof. Lutsky. All of  the prints created during the outdoor printmaking event held at UW-Manitowoc were exhibited at the Rahr-West Art Museum in August. They will be at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum beginning on Sept. 5 through the Wayzgoose event in early November with a closing reception on November 22.

Check out the documentary on the Really Big Prints!! event.

The Meeting

April 18 - May 12

"Admission is free, pay at the door"

"Pull up a chair, and sit on the floor" 

An installation of work from Art 112 - 3D Design

Chairs, Masks and Hands,  all made in response to projects assigned by Brian Carlson to his  in Art 112 - 3D Design class, are arranged around an altered book (another assignment,) to set the stage for a very important meeting.  The subject of which may very well be the very future of liberal arts education.    The chairs may all be occupied - please sit carefully, raise your hand to speak, and be sure to talk amongst yourselves.  

Mrs. Pemmett's Steampunk Emporium

March 3 - April 4

In 2012 I discovered Steam Punk, a sort of Neo-Victorian Sci-Fi. As a genre it mixed several of my favorite things, Victorian aesthetic, gadgetry, and the flexibility to use many mediums to create interesting objects from everyday things. It also interests me because of its capacity for rebelling against those everyday objects that are made cheaply and sold by the millions. It celebrates the way everyday items USED to be made, like clocks that actually tick, steam engines that moved us into new eras and dirigibles as legitimate forms of transportation. It romanticizes the 19th century and creates a world that would have been had the technology of today been steam powered. 

The goal of this show is to make the viewer an intimate part of the art. Studies have shown the people look at a piece of artwork for approximately 7 seconds before moving on to the next piece. This is rather annoying when you have put your heart and soul into a creation and perhaps spent months making it. Most art exhibits don’t allow touching, but this show encourages it and makes the viewer part of the work. There’s a spinning Kraken, a viewer that shows a movie designed to hypnotize, a bird that bounces, and scientific items re-thought as well as other interactive work. There are also objects that are just to look at and some photography.

Many of the ideas for this work were inspired by simple children’s toys and scientific gadgets. Things like Ferro-Fluid (an automotive lubricant), magnets. and springs take on different uses within the artwork. And old clocks remade into more modern works are a great way to rejuvenate these beautifully made objects and give them a new life. It is recommended that you find out their worth, before you remake them. 

Joan Sonnier-Emmett
(Mrs. Pemmett)

Prints from "24 Hours of Art"

NEW! Now on-line! See the prints and some of the "action"

February 8 - March 2
High School Student prints from the 24 Hours of Printmaking workshop held at UW-Manitowoc.

Brian Carlson "Aparecido!"

November 8 - December 12

Visit Brian Carlson's Aparecido website.

Between the years 1976 and 1983 approximately 30,000 Argentinian citizens were abducted, taken to secret detention centers, tortured and murdered in a systematic campaign of genocide. The military junta then in power, performed this action with impunity, brazenly arresting whomever they chose and imprisoning them without trial or Habeus Corpus.  Prisoners were sadistically tortured as a form of terror, and finally the attempt was made to disappear them, either by burial after execution in mass graves or by dropping them, drugged but alive, from planes into the sea. No one was safe. Tortured victims often named anyone they could think of to stop the pain. Arrests became almost arbitrary, thereby enhancing the terror. Ironically, cynically, the action was billed as a "War Against Terror." 

"My memorial is a commitment to paint portraits of any of the victims of whom I can obtain a photograph. Online, about 1200 photos are accessible on the Wall of Memory site in Argentina. As awareness grows of this project, survivors are contacting me with photos asking me to include their brother, their lover, their friend who was disappeared in the installation. I am honored to do so. 

My intention in creating Aparecidos, is first to honor the beautiful people who's human rights were trampled with complete disdain, who's final months or days in life were spent in unimaginable levels of suffering and terror, and who were subjected to a state wide campaign to "disappear" them entirely. Referred to in Argentina as the "Desparecidos," the Disappeared, in titling my work "Aparecidos," I hope to symbolically reappear them, and to help with the effort to re-member them.  Secondly, as a long time educator in the arts, I intend the work to be disseminate information about Argentina's specific genocide but to call attention to current genocidal campaigns as well. Finally I hope that "Aparecidos" is a warning. The dynamic that occurred in Argentina was not isolated. It has happened before and has happened since. Understanding the dynamic, in all the guises it may appear, is vital toward the goal of "Nunca Mas," (never more), heralded by contemporary Argentines."

The exhibit in the gallery features Carlson's latest set of portraits, a large group portait of a "disappeared" family, a projected animation, and explanatory texts. Aparecidos! will be discussed by Carlson, and Prof. Berel Lutsky  at the UW-Manitowoc Faculty Colluquium on Friday, Nov. 22 at 3:30 in H102.