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Imaging Self: School of Education Precollege Summer Arts Intensive

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  • Work with world-class artists at a major university
  • Build your arts portfolio for college applications
  • Work in your chosen art from and experience new ones

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  • Earn college credit
  • Learn about the college application process
  • Get tips on writing a great college essay

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  • Enjoy life on a beautiful college campus
  • Make friends with fellow high school artists


Immersion: Practice in your artistic discipline (art, dance, or theatre and drama)
Early Afternoon
Integrative: Practice combining different art forms
Study, reflection, free time

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Weekly schedule for 2019 Imaging Self program

Exterior shot of Leopold Residence HallYou will live in Bradley Hall, located on campus, along the shore of Lake Mendota. A fellow program participant will be your roommate. Rooms are fully furnished and include sheets, pillows, and towels.

Move-in is Sunday, June 21. It will include an orientation session for you and your parents, a tour of the Lakeshore neighborhood, and a welcome dinner.

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included in the program cost. The first meal will be dinner on move-in day.

Wisconsin resident Resident of another state*
Tuition and fees** $896.00 $3,084.00
Housing and meals $667.00 $667.00
Program fee and supplies $500.00 $500.00
Total $2,063.00 $4,251.00

Scholarships are available

*Minnesota residents are eligible for reciprocity.

**Estimates provided for planning purposes and are subject to minor variations as final summer 2020 tuition and fee information becomes available in the spring.


Imaging Self is pleased to offer a limited number of students with financial need the opportunity to apply for a scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for the scholarship, you must:

  • Apply to Imaging Self: Precollege Summer Arts Intensive by the application deadline.
  • Be in good academic standing at your high school with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  • Acknowledgment of financial need.

Application Information:

Click to apply for the Imaging Self program scholarship

Selection Criteria:

Completed applications are evaluated by a scholarship committee based on the above eligibility criteria and essay response.

Meet your instructors

You will work with experienced instructors from UW-Madison’s art, dance, and theatre departments, as well as artists from the community. Check out the amazing instructors from the 2019 program!

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Mary Patterson

Mary Patterson headshotMary Lynn Patterson is a University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Department B.F.A. graduate and holds a Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University. She is a practicing dance/movement therapist, educator, and dance artist. As a dance artist, she has performed across the country and internationally on stages ranging from the Kennedy Center to Madison Square Garden. In the fall of 2017 Mary returned to the Madison are as a dance/movement therapist and to UW-Madison as an outreach specialist for Performing Ourselves. Through Performing Ourselves she is supervising student teachers, organizing programming, and running school dance residencies for elementary and middle-school children across the city of Madison.

Lesley Numbers

Lesley Numbers headshotBorn and raised in Madison, WI, Lesley is grateful to have received a nurturing art education throughout her youth. In high school, she attended a pre-college summer program at MIAD which introduced her to printmaking, which she carries a passion for to this day. After graduating from West High School, she attended New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a focus on community engagement through the arts, studied screen printing at the Lower East Side Printshop, pursued a yoga teacher training certification, and spent several years in Asheville, NC engaged with community arts initiatives and as an apprentice at Blue Barnhouse Letterpress. In 2010, she returned to Madison to complete her undergraduate degree in K-12 Art Education at UW-Madison. Since then, she has taught art to all ages at various non-profits and screen printing for adults at The Center for Printing Arts at Madison College. She has also worked as a freelance illustrator and artist, shown work in group and solo shows throughout the country and completed a two-month artist residency at The Bubbler at Madison Public Library centered around Henry Miller’s belief that “​e​very day the choice is presented to us, in a thousand different ways, to live up to the spirit which is in us or to deny it.​” Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in printmaking at UW-Madison, with an interest in the relationship between artmaking and it’s potential to heal and express care for one other and the natural environment. Most of her work can be seen at

Jenny Lamb

Jenny Lamb headhsotBorn in Pennsylvania and raised all over (including a 5 year stint overseas in Ireland and Malta), Jenny received her BFA from Shenandoah Conservatory and landed in Chicago IL in 1999 and stayed there till 2014. During that time she co-founded Li’l Buds Theatre Company (, a 501c3 children’s theatre company, where she worked as Artistic Director, playwright, director and teaching artist, and she also taught in the Acting Program at The Second City. An accomplished actress, Jenny worked with a variety of theatre companies in Chicago where favorite roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Kate in Taming of the Shrew and Alison et all in Trainspotting USA, and she was named one of 6 performers of note by the Chicago Tribune. Jenny received her MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International and has taught Movement at Monterey Peninsula College. She is currently a Theatre Lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches Acting and Stage Movement. Recent artistic credits include Movement Coach and Intimacy Design for Six Characters in Search of an Author at UW Theatre, Lin in The Great American Trailer Park Musical with Stages Repertory Theatre, Fraulein Kost in Cabaret with Obsidian Theatre Company and Movement Coach of Oskar VS Thingamabob. jennylamb

How to apply

You will be asked to submit the following to be considered for this program:

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You will receive a message about the status of your application within four weeks of submitting it.

*The high school transcript and enrollment plan can be uploaded within the application.

Please note: Students participating in this program are not eligible for the Early College Credit Program (ECCP).

For questions regarding your application, please contact Advising at

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