Peck School of the Arts students take on the archetypal identity quest

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The Union Art Gallery at UW-Milwaukee opens the Foundations XIII: Identity exhibit on April 6 and will conclude the weeklong celebration of personal identity on April 13.

The foundations program in the UW-M Department of Art and Design provides all first-year visual art students with a broad background in basic drawing, 2-D and 3-D concepts and the digital arts.

It also provides an understanding of contemporary art practice and exposure to various academic major options.

Each year the foundations area chooses a theme around which instructors may link assignments and readings. This year’s theme is “identity.”

“Identity, with its complexity and layers, has been a topic that artists and designers have investigated in their work for centuries,” a news release said. “Our individual identity and how it is formed, our identity within a family, a group, a vocation, a culture, all have a strong impact on who we are, what we believe and how we live our lives day to day.”

Students are exploring this theme using a variety of media and approaches.

The gallery is on the campus level of the union.

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