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  • Andrea Skyberg
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Andrea Skyberg July 1st, 2005 PHONE: 414.229.5830 FAX: 414.229.3217 EMAIL:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2005

      July 1st, 2005 PHONE: 414.229.5830
      FAX: 414.229.3217
      EMAIL: skyberg@...

      Milwaukee Divide
      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
      captive audience).

      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.
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