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UWFox Scholars Series Offers ‘Emergence at Midlife’

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UWFox Professor of Art Judith Baker WallerThe Scholars Series at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley resumes on Monday, March 2, when UWFox Professor of Art Judith Baker Waller presents, “Emergence at Midlife.” Waller’s presentation is being held from noon to 1:00 p.m. in lecture hall #1229, located in the central portion of the Menasha campus.

Waller has been a member of the art faculty member at UWFox since 1993. She’s also taught at colleges and universities in Indiana, Washington state and Illinois.

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degrees in Studio Art-Drawing and Painting and in Art History from Wichita State University (Kansas). She went to earn her Master’s in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Painting from Indiana University (Bloomington).

While painting and drawing make up the bulk of her professional work, she is very much interested in traditional and historical painting methods. Her paintings and drawings have been described as “somewhat expressionistic,” with both the form and content as described as “neo-romantic.”

Some of Waller’s favorite and repeating images include human figures, birds, cicadas and objects such as power lines and telephone poles. The mix of all of these images contributes to what she describes as “urban naturalism.” She has taught drawing, oil painting, watercolor, design, and art history survey and has been involved in the co-development and teaching of a number of innovative interdisciplinary courses combining art and science.

“Emergence at Mid-Life” includes an overview of Waller’s art from the past three decades as well as the evolution of her work and ideas during that period of time. Her presentation will also reveal details about her curious interest and fascination with cicadas. She’ll explain how the life-cycle of the cicada can be likened to her own creative life as well as all those individuals who spend many years “methodically and tenaciously building their art.”

The Scholars Series is free and open to the public with unreserved seating.  For more information about this presentation, visit www.uwfox.uwc.edu, or contact the UWFox Office of University Relations at 920-832-2611.

Posted 02/23/2009