The Milwaukee Divide...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Andrea Skyberg
July 1st, 2005 PHONE: 414.229.5830
Segregation in the City
Milwaukee, WI, July 1st, 2005 - The Union Art Gallery at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UAG) is pleased to present the exhibition The Milwaukee
Divide from July 8th -August 5th, 2005. This exhibition tackles the issues
of segregation and separation in Milwaukee through the mediums of video
installation, photography, painting and sculpture. The topics of segregation
and separation are being interpreted broadly to include racial issues, as
well as geographical, political, gender and economic segregation in
The show consists of established as well as emerging artists from Milwaukee
who are creating artwork that addresses issues of divide they experience
within the city. This exhibition also features a 20ft x 12ft mural by a
number of Milwaukee-area graffiti artists working collaboratively with youth
from several inner city community centers. The mural showcases the
children's own reflections on segregation and how as a community we create
our own barriers and divisions.
The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, July 8th from 6-9 p.m. The
reception will include a poetry performance by "The Power of Word"
collective as well as music from the Latino Strings program from the United
Community Center. This exhibition takes place during the NAACP's national
convention (July 9 & 10) as well as during summer Gallery Night and Day on
July 29th & 30th.
The Milwaukee Divide (page 2)
Because the issue of segregation in Milwaukee is so comlex, the gallery will
also feature the following events each week to investigate this topic
further. All of these events will take place in the Union Art Gallery
located at 2200 East Kenwood Boulevard on the Campus level and are free and
open to the public.
July 15th at 7pm "Gettin' Grown" film screening with an introduction by the
movie's producer and a talkback with the producer and some of the film's
Thursday July 21st at 7pm. "Hyper-Segregation in Milwaukee" Panel
Discussion. Moderated by UWM Sociology professor, William Velez
Friday, August 5th from 8-10:30 Lyrical Sanctuary (an open mic series that
welcomes poets, artists, and performers to express themselves before a
The UWM Union Art Gallery is designed to accommodate exhibitions of artwork,
to act as a center for all areas of the visual and performing arts, and to
support the growth of the fine arts community at UWM. It also provides an
out-of-classroom learning experience for the university students and faculty
as well as an outlet for the university and community to interact. The Union
Art Gallery exhibits national and regional exhibitions of art, as well as
work created within the university community.