The Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Art Committee will host Japanese Art Jam, a festival of Japanese art appreciation events, including hands-on printmaking lessons and a lecture by Japanese art expert and UW-Madison professor Gene Phillips, Ph.D.
The festival will open with a screening of the film “Miss Hokusai” in the
Marquee in Union South on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The film by award-winning director Keiichi Hara tells the story of legendary Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai through the eyes his daughter Katsushika Oei.
Professor Phillips will delve further into the role Katsushika Oei may have played in her father’s art as well as Katsushika Oei’s unique art. Phillips’s lecture will take place March 1 at 6:15 p.m. in the Elvehjem Building.
Finally, Wheelhouse Studios will hold a woodblock printing workshop. Woodblock printing is a method of printing on textiles and paper using a wooden block that is carved with a design or image. The workshop will be held March 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is open to the public.
“This collaborative Wisconsin Union effort is going to allow our community to experience Japanese art in unique ways,” said Haley Fuhr, WUD Art associate director of marketing.
WUD Art is a student-run committee that manages all aspects of exhibitions, from artist selection and installation to marketing efforts. It is also responsible for programming shows in the Wisconsin Union’s two galleries: the Class of 1925 in Memorial Union and Gallery 1308 in Union South.
Those interested in learning more about the festival may visit union.wisc.edu/wud-art-presents-the-japanese-art-jam.