Work with artists to build your portfolio,
earn college credit
July 8-27, 2018
Imaging Self is a program to learn about yourself through artistic expression, work with practicing artists and faculty, and get to know UW-Madison. You will earn three college credits as you explore how you see yourself and how others see you, using different art forms and mediums to ask and answer questions, solve problems, and present your ideas.
Who it’s for
This program is open to high school juniors and seniors of all skill and experience levels. The main requirement is an interest in art and self-expression. To apply, you must be a junior or senior in the fall of 2018 and have a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
What you will experience
You will enroll in Integrated Arts 330 and select one of three tracks: visual art, dance, or theatre. During the program, you will live in Slichter Hall, located on campus, along the shore of Lake Mendota. A fellow program participant will be your roommate. Mornings will be spent immersing yourself in the artistic discipline of your choice while working in small groups to improve your craft and develop a strong portfolio. In the afternoon, you will work in larger groups where you will practice combining different artistic mediums. In the process, you will build your knowledge about art as an academic pursuit and a reflection of society. Plus, earn college credit and gain experience with artistic disciplines you might like to study in college.
An important part of the program is working with practicing artists such as dancers, actors, stage technicians, and visual artists to explore and express your concept of self. You will examine the choices you make in representing yourself and how different artistic mediums can illuminate these choices. You will also analyze the ways different art forms-and your daily life-illustrate principles of design, become familiar with the college application process and learn about writing an effective college essay.
Start of course
End of course, move-out
Many days will include activities such as these:
- Attending performances on campus, at Overture Center for the Arts, and American Players Theatre
- Going to lectures by world-renowned UW-Madison faculty and practicing artists
- Visiting the Wisconsin Public Television studios
You will live in Slichter 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, July 8. 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. You’ll eat at two campus dining halls: Carson’s Market Monday through Friday and Four Lakes Market on Saturdays and Sundays.
|Wisconsin resident||Resident of another state*|
|Tuition and fees||$1,330.00||$4,361.00|
|Housing and meals||$765.70||$765.70|
|Program fee and supplies||$650.30||$650.30|
Partial scholarships are now available! Learn more and apply now.
*Minnesota residents are eligible for reciprocity.
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.
Adriana Barrios was born and raised in San Diego, California. In 2009 she graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in printmaking. In 2015 Adriana attended an international artist residency in Florence, Italy at Santa Reparata International School of Art. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree at The University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is a recipient of the Education Graduate Research Fellow Scholarship. Her work has been exhibited regionally in Texas, New Mexico, and Wisconsin and internationally in Italy and Mexico.
Anna Lehner is an MFA candidate in Glass at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a graduate associate to the Center for Culture, History and Environment within the Nelson Institute. Lehner received a BFA in 3D Fine Art and a BA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Lehner has received multiple awards including a Project Assistant position within the Art Department and professional publications such as the New Glass Review magazine of the Corning Museum of Glass. She currently serves a co-curator of the School of Education gallery.
Catrina is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in English, Creative Writing, and an MA in African American Studies. Sparkman is a grassroots community theater artist, the author of two original stage plays and one screenplay, Mother Love, The Cinderella Show and The Gospel According to Ruth. Sparkman has also produced and directed many experimental theatrical pieces such as: Written By Himself-Positive Depictions of Men of Color, and Mary Lou Williams Remember Me. When she’s not creating her own art, she works as an instructor of Theatre and Drama, a content writer, workshop trainer, public speaker, and theatrical consultant for various national and international organizations.
Mary 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.
How to apply
Submit the following to be considered for this program:
- A University Special Student application to UW-Madison. View the application guide.
- A high school transcript.
- An Enrollment Plan and Agreement form that includes a signature of support from your school.
Email your application materials to email@example.com or mail them to:
- Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS)
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 21 N. Park St., Rm. 7101
- Madison, WI 53715
You will receive a message about the status of your application within two weeks of submitting it.