Art Gallery

The Founder’s Hall Art Gallery displays several art exhibits throughout the school year. Artists using different mediums are invited to exhibit their work for 4-6 weeks. In May, UW-Manitowoc art students finish the year by showing their works.

The gallery is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 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

March 3 to April 4 - Mrs. Pemmett's Steampunk Emporium  

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)



Upcoming Exhibits

April 3 to May 8 - Gregory Martens - Printmaker
May 15 to July 4 - UW-Manitowoc Student Work from Spring Semester

Event GIF

Really Big Prints!!
Steamroller Printing at UW-Manitowoc

July 21 - 25, 2014
more info and how to participate

Prints created during the outdoor printmaking event held at UW-Manitowoc will be exhibited at the Rahr-West Art Museum in August and then at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum through the Wayzgoose event in early November.

Past Exhibits 

Prints from "24 Hours of Art"

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.