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 presented as guest lecturer and visiting artist at 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 had a solo exhibition at the Green Gallery, and while attending an art residency in Los Angeles he finished work for both a new collection of essays to be published in the winter of 2014 by the Green Gallery Press, and a short writing published by Canyon Cinema (San Francisco) in September of 2013.

Wetzel’s research interests include experimental non-fiction, visual ethnography and “the social construction of reality.” Recent video and gallery work include Incorporating Guilt within an Autonomous Robot (9 min, single-channel video, 2013), a series of paintings and sculptures as part of a solo exhibition titled Domestic Objects (Green Gallery, 2013) and a performance lecture (Chaperone , 2013). Currently in production is a single-channel video shot in Cuyuna, MN, about a wood tick festival where hundreds of wood ticks are collected and raced as part of a dynamic, annual convivial social performance in the heart of the nation’s once-thriving iron ore industry.

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.