Art, Music & Culture

Three Ways of Seeing - Engaging Nature through Biology, Creative Writing, and Visual Art

3 Sessions // May 31, June 7,  and June 14
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ritzinger Hall Room 227
This unique course will allow participants of any ability, from 8th graders to adults, to take a close up and in-depth look at a variety of natural environments and species, transforming scientific observations into creative writing and drawings.  In the first third of each class meeting, students will learn new ways of seeing nature with UW-Barron County biology professor Tracy White, during explorations of the ecosystems of the river and woods, and the life cycle of flowers. In the second third of each meeting, UW-BC creative writing professor Joel Friederich will lead workshops in writing original pieces of poetry or short prose based on observations of nature. In the final third of each meeting, UW-BC art professor Ginnie Baer will help students portray their observations of nature through drawings and sketches.  At the end of the course, students will each make their own unique field journal filled with original art and poetry or short prose pieces that they have created. Participants will select and provide their own materials for making their field journals. 
Your instructors for this class are three outstanding UW faculty members: Joel Friederich, Assistant Professor of English and Communication; Tracy White, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences;  and Ginnie Baer, Assistant Professor of Art. 

Introduction to Abstract Painting

4 Sessions // June 3, 5, 10, 12
5:00-8:00 PM
Fine Arts Building - Art Room
Abstract painting is a language.  If you are curious about how to communicate in this language, this is the course for you.  This course will introduce students to various ideas and techniques associated with abstract painting.  Students may pull inspiration from personal experience, nature and the visible world, dreams, and the history of abstract painting.  Basics of design will be utilized to create expressive and successful compositions. No previous art experience needed. Art supplies will be required including paints, brushes, and supports.  Full list available upon enrollment. Ginnie Baer is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin – Barron County.  Ginnie obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Painting and Drawing) from the Ohio State University and her MFA (Painting and Printmaking) from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is an artist who specializes in painting and drawing.  She has experience teaching beginners as well as more advanced students. Her work has been shown nationally including exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Columbus, OH and Richmond, VA.

Red Cedar Choir

Rehearsal begins January 30
Yearly Membership Fee: $10
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The Red Cedar Choir is a partnership with the UW-BC Music Department and surrounding communities. You will have the incredible opportunity to sing and be part of one of the best choirs in the area. The choir performs to sold-out houses in Rice Lake and surrounding areas throughout the year. The choir dates back to 1932 when it was associated with the Rice Lake Federated Music Club. The choir is directed by Beth Joosten. The group is open to all community members.

Communiversity Band

Rehearsal begins January 27
Yearly Membership Fee: $10

Communiversity Band is a joint effort of the Music Department and the surrounding communities. The band is comprised of both students and area musicians, giving the participants the opportunity to perform with professional players. The band performs at several concerts throughout the year and is conducted by Mike Joosten. This ensemble is open to any student or community member through audition on their instrument (prior work on the instrument is expected).

Charger Chess Club

Meetings begin Thursday, January 30
Free and open to the public
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Do you enjoy chess? Maybe you want to learn or improve your strategies? Join the Charger Chess Club. Our club allows you to cultivate your chess playing skills in a casual, fun atmosphere. Not only can you become a better player, but this is a great way to meet other chess players from the local area. Players of all skill levels are welcome, as are those who simply want to learn how to play. For more information, contact club advisor Dr. Eric Kasper at