The unqiue [art]ifact exhibition will run from Feb 26th through April 17th at the Pump House, 119 King St., La Crosse, with an opening reception, celebration and presentation of artist prizes on Feb 26th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
In cooperation with the La Crosse County Historical Society, the Pump House, and students from the Public and Policy History Major/Minor at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 15 historical objects were chosen that were made in La Crosse and represent the community’s diverse history.
Students and community members enrolled in the [art]ifact class at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Each selected one of the 15 objects to research. They are curating the objects, running the PR campaign, developing an education program that features arts integration, and creating interactive activities to accompany the exhibit.
Jurors selected 15 artists from submissions received in response to an open call to artists. Artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches were chosen. Selected artists were assigned one of the objects as determined by the jurors, and visited the Historical Society to examine them. Artists were also given research about the object that was compiled by students. Selected artists had three months to create a new work for the exhibition, inspired by their assigned object and its history. Final work will be displayed at the Pump House’s Kader Gallery during the exhibition.