The Center for Visual Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison develops and sustains vital connections and collaborations between the study and practice of the visual with bridges across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. As a leader in the field since 2002, we support cutting edge creative production and interdisciplinary research, programming, and community outreach activities in the new and developing field of visual cultures studies. Engaged with the rapidly changing demands for visual literacy in the age of digital communications, the dynamic field of visual cultures responds to the necessity of confronting the major technological changes that contribute to the saturation of everyday environments with visually mediated information and entertainment. The field also takes its imperative from the forces of globalization. The study of visual cultures considers visuality in a global context and attends seriously to differences.
With faculty affiliates and participating students in over forty different departments in nine schools and colleges at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Center for Visual Cultures regularly organizes an exciting calendar of public events, ranging from lectures, research colloquia, and workshops to exhibitions, performances, and screenings.
Students at all levels take advantage of rich interdisciplinary course offerings and enrichment opportunities. We host an active Visual Cultures Student Focus Group whose members meet regularly to discuss readings, plan events and curate exhibitions.
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