University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Signature Programs

The Peck School of the Arts offers a variety of signature programs to meet the artistic, cultural and education needs of the greater Milwaukee community. These programs rely on private contributions to fulfill our outreach mission. Following are several key on-going programs offered:

INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts)

Since 1996, the Institute of Visual Arts (Inova) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has established an international reputation as a contemporary art research center. The mission of the Institute of Visual Arts is to engage the general and university publics with contemporary art from around the world through exhibitions and programs. The Institute is recognized for the high quality of its programs and for the opportunity it offers artists to experiment in the creation of new work, and it is committed to educating audiences by presenting artists who are shaping our visual culture in the present and for the future. According to Artforum magazine, "the Institute of Visual Arts has established itself as one of the most adventuresome venues in the states."

Inova presents work by local, national and international contemporary artists and by Peck School faculty, staff, students and alumni. The Institute is comprised of three exhibition spaces in the Peck School of the Arts: Inova/Kenilworth, Inova/Arts Center and Inova/Zelazo (the Mary L. Nohl Galleries).

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Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival

Now in its 24th season, the Milwaukee Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual (LGBT) Film/Video Festival presents a compact four-day presentation of approximately 14 programs of films and videos from around the world in October at both the Oriental Theatre and UWM’s Union Theatre. The Festival recently added 8 monthly screenings at the UWM Union Theatre to extend its presence year-round.

The Festival showcases all genres of film and video, including feature length narratives, documentaries, short films, animation and experimental work to portray the diversity of the LGBT community. Festival activities include pre-screening talks with filmmakers, educational panels and social activities for the approximately 2500+ annual attendees.

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Fine Arts Quartet

The Fine Arts Quartet, now celebrating its 65th anniversary, is one of the most distinguished ensembles in chamber music today, with an illustrious history of performing success and an extensive recording legacy. Founded in Chicago in 1946, and in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1963, the Quartet is one of the elite few to have recorded and toured internationally for over half a century. Two of the Quartet's current artists, violinists Ralph Evans and Efim Boico have now been performing together in the Fine Arts Quartet for nearly 30 years. Violist Nicolò Eugelmi joined the Quartet in 2009.

Sadly in June 2011, cellist Wolfgang Laufer, passed away; he had been performing with the Quartet since 1979. A search for a new cellist is underway. Each season, the Fine Arts Quartet tours worldwide, with concerts in such musical centers as New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Mexico City, and Toronto. The Quartet performs an eight concert season with at UWM each year.

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