Presented in the second-floor galleries at Villa Terrace, Back to School invites a select list of accomplished artists to display artwork from their current portfolio alongside work they created while they were in school, presenting unexpected juxtapositions of past and present that reveal insights into both the changing perspectives and the persistent threads of artists’ pursuits over time. Co-curated by Brent Budsberg. Admission is FREE for students with ID and a $5 suggested donation for others.

5:30 - 6:00 PM | Member's Preview
7:00 PM | Panel Discussion led by Exhibition Advisor Kim Miller

Exhibition Artists:

American Fantasy Classics

John Balsley
Demitra Copoulos
Nicholas Frank
Nina Ghanbarzadeh
Zach Hill
Jon Horvath
Greg Klassen
Kim Miller
Harvey Opgenorth
JoAnna Poehlmann
Miguel Ramirez
Lynn Tomaszewski


Exhibition Programming:



DEC. 2 | 2:00 P.M.


Come to Villa Terrace Art Museum for an artist talk by Jon Horvath and JoAnna Poehlmann, two exhibiting artists in Back to School, on Saturday, December 2 at 2:00pm. In this informal talk, we’ll listen to each artist explain the timeline and trajectory represented by their works in the exhibition, and also see examples of their current work. Light refreshments served.
Admission: students FREE, others free with general museum admission.



JAN. 18 | 7:00 P.M.


Artist and performer Kim Miller unveils a new work created in conjunction with our exhibition, Back to School. This “pedagogical performance,” entitled The Colony, explores power and language within the teacher-student relationship in an art school context.
Admission: students FREE, others $5 suggested donation.





Roger Smith: Drawings & Watercolors

Opens October 19th, 2017


Opening concurrently in the first-floor galleries, Roger Smith:
Drawings & Watercolors
will highlight artwork by Roger Smith, great grandson of A.O. Smith. A special opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 19 from 6:00 to 8:00pm, with a members’ preview starting at 5:30pm. Artist talk at 7:00pm. Admission to opening: students FREE, others $5 suggested donation. Exhibition runs through January 28, 2018.






Look Here!

Opens Summer 2018


The Look Here! initiative is a pilot project initiated by the UWM Libraries that asks artists to create projects that reimagine, transform, and engage with the objects in our collections, especially our Digital Collections, in ways that were unimagined before the digital turn. We have initiated a series of interviews with the artists working with our collections this year to learn more about their process and how they are using our digital collections.


Read the interviews here.