UW-S `Coincidence?’ exhibit opens Nov. 4

Sheboygan-area art lovers are invited to visit the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan’s Fine Arts Gallery for its newest exhibition, Coincidence? – an exhibition of original paintings and stone sculptures from UWSheboygan associate professor of art Tom Uebelherr and communication and theater arts lecturer Rick Ponzio.

The public is invited to attend a special opening reception with the artists and light refreshments from 5- 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibition will run through Friday, Dec. 10.

Uebelherr came to UW-Sheboygan in 2001 and was promoted to tenure and an associate professor of art in 2007. Uebelherr received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he studied and graduated with the late UW-Sheboygan Dean Raymond T. Hernandez.

Besides teaching a full load of art courses at UW-Sheboygan, Uebelherr has also served on several campus committees and worked to establish the Digital Arts Lab and digital imaging program at UWSheboygan. He also created the outdoor sculpture exhibit Inside Out and the annual High School Art Scholarship Program and Exhibit.

Outside of UW-Sheboygan, Uebelherr serves as the president of the Coalition of Active Sculpture Teachers (CAST) and has exhibited at a number of juried exhibitions. His work is included in a number of permanent collections, including those at the Madison Civic Center Arts Center, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Menomonee Nation Logging Museum. Uebelherr received the prestigious Annual Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008, having been selected for the award out of thousands of UW System faculty.

Ponzio is currently an associate lecturer at UW-Sheboygan. A native of Kenosha, Ponzio has a long career as a professional in the arts and education. Ponzio received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from UW-Parkside and a Master of Arts in speech/theatre from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Ponzio describes himself as a self-taught, primitive, Wisconsin-born sculptor interested in the surreal, the unlikely, the impossible and the unconscious in his art. He sculpts directly in the stone and engages in a dialogue allowing his obsession to interact with the personality of the stone. He prefers to sculpt in calciumbased materials such as marble, limestone and dolomite.

He has sculptures in permanent installation at Cowern Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn., and Becker County Public Library in Detroit Lakes, Minn. He is currently showing at Portal Wisconsin’s Juried On Line Gallery (portalwisconsin.org), Neimi Outdoor Sculpture Gallery in Bristol, Wis., and at Zio Verde Private Sculpture Park in Plymouth. He has exhibited in numerous galleries and institutions including Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Flanders Gallery, Carthage College, Kenosha Institute of Arts, Anderson Arts Center, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts to name a few.

Outside of UW-Sheboygan, Ponzio has been a keynote speaker and presenter at Young Authors’ Conferences, taught writing classes, done artist residencies and presented folk literature through the Minnesota Literature Live program (Loft). Ponzio received a Forecast Public Art Project Grant in 2000-01 and the Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in Literature twice.

All artwork will be on display in UW-Sheboygan’s Fine Arts Gallery, located inside the Fine Arts Building on the UW-Sheboygan campus. The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday–Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Most of the artwork will be available for purchase.

For more information about the show or UW-Sheboygan’s Fine Arts Gallery, contact Gallery Director Dan Smith at dan.smith@uwc.edu or call (920) 459-6649.

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