Printmaking students collaboratively created equity signboards for the rain garden pop-up gallery on the Mount Mary University campus. The students' research was in preparation for the 2019 Women's Leadership Institute: Voices of Leadership guest speaker, Jessica Shortall. She will present on gender expectations in our culture and the limitations it creates at the March 2019 event.

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Instructions to the students:

What
- Create a socially-engaged, living as form, dialogic artwork that reflects the values and beliefs that we have been learning about in the class. You can select content (particular social injustices, emotional material, political concerns, environmental awareness, etc.) to explore within the project as a main focus. Look to the Living as Form projects as examples. It is okay to emulate something that we have read about or watched, just find a way to make it your own by brining something new to the model.
 
Where- It can be site-specific, time-based, location-specific, or divided up between group members to happen in your separate communities, it can happen on the Mount Mary campus, in a park, mall, etc. Make sure everything that you do is safe, legal and within appropriate boundaries and cultural expectations of the environment that you are engaging with through the project. You can still challenge the status quo while being respectful.

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Printmaking students worked in teams to create separate pieces for the large-scale installation which was in celebration of the message of Shiza Shahid, co-founder of the Malala Fund. In 2017, she presented a talk entitled, Live with Purpose and Create Change, for the Mount Mary University Women's Leadership Institute. The final installation was created on site as one team. The students worked through display concerns from working with windows and various viewing distances.

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The 2015 printmaking students worked in small teams to create site-specific print installations for the Mount Mary University Haggerty Library. Each team selected a social justice content focus while creating imagery that required printed matter. Four projects resulted with ties to environmental care, feminism, women in art history and commentary on censorship through humor with banned foods installed in the print form.

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In 2015, a collaboration resulted in an exhibit that represented student responses to garments chosen from the Mount Mary Historic Costume Collection. Working with introductory methods in printmaking (my course) and metalsmithing, students analyzed and explored the garments in order to make informed and inspired works. Mount Mary University’s Historic Costume Collection of over 9,000 donated items serves as an educational, scholarly and artistic resource for students and the Milwaukee community.

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The Mount Mary studio art program was asked in 2014 to create a project that would be installed at the Menlo Studio of GE in Waukesha, Wisconsin. As a department chair, I worked to create a collaborative project that would engage numerous faculty and studio classes. The Empathy Project asked students to explore narratives of real life through tableau and props created by the students. The final result of two years of work was a portfolio of photographs that reflected staged environments and narratives created by our students. Through a jury process in 2015, final images were selected and printed at 4'x8' which were installed in the GE facility.

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Lauren Bush Lauren visited our campus in 2014 to share her experience of creating FEED Projects and her mission of creating good products that feed the world. My printmaking students researched local food hunger issues in the Greater Milwaukee area to expand their awareness of hunger in our community. In response, the students created a mural that was installed on windows that faced the main entrance to campus for students and community members. The composition was developed through a collage of relief prints, that were hand carved and printed, creating a cosmic scene of birds encircling a center seed in front of chain-link fencing to represent our city landscape.

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The 2013 Burleigh Fence Project brought together students from across the art curriculum. Working with a visiting artist on campus, the students participated in a weaving project using construction flagging tape and a chain-link plan to shape letters. On the fences of our campus that face two highly traveled streets, the students generated poetic phrases for public consideration. Phrases were pulled from the main text of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the order that founded Mount Mary University, who live in mutuality, along with quotes from the poem, Praise Song for the Day, by Elizabeth Alexander. This poem was shared with our nation during the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The poetic phrases held the imagination of our community from fall, throughout winter and into early spring when the ground was beginning to thaw. Students commented on their feelings of ownership and community-development in the creation of the public installation.

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As the student art organization advisor, I guided the students through a process to create a collective exhibit based on a strategy of using selected imagery as a starting place for unique compositions. Each student provided and initial drawing, and in return every student created a response portfolio that represented one piece for each initial image. The student artist collective  worked on an associated larger, collaborative painting throughout the exhibit preparation as a way to connect artistically. The 2013 exhibit explored the aesthetics politics of tracing and color in opposition to achromatic neutrals. The final exhibit was held in a community gallery in Delafield, Wisconsin.

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