University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Steve Wetzel

SteveWetzelAssistant Professor
MFA (Film), UW-Milwaukee
MFA, University of Chicago
BFA, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

(414) 229-2588
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Steve Wetzel earned an MFA in painting from the University of Chicago (’98) and an MFA in film and video from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (’00). He has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has presented as guest lecturer and visiting artist at Bard College, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Columbia College Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. This past summer Steve finished work on a new anthromentary (Music Club) about a rural marching band in the Austrian Alps. The work was recorded the previous year while Wetzel was an artist in residence at Hotel Pupik (Austria).

Wetzel’s research interests include experimental non-fiction, visual ethnography and “the social construction of reality.” Recent video, gallery work and publication include Of the Iron Range (20 min, single-channel video, 2014); a series of paintings and sculptures as part of a solo exhibition titled Domestic Objects (Green Gallery, 2013); a performance lecture (Chaperone, 2013); and [PAUSE] (2014), his second collection of essays published by the Green Gallery Press.

With courses in creative sound production (Listening and Recording, FILM 116), writing (Writing for Short Films, FILM 203/380), advanced video (Visual Effects, FILM 420), graduate research (Graduate Seminar, FILM 710/712) and non-fiction film and video (Observational Documentary, FILM 380), Wetzel seeks to integrate his research and pedagogy and is a firm believer in the classroom as a radical, creative space where both teacher and student are vulnerable to the “threat or promise of transformation.”* * See David Antin.