Architectural Cues in Landscape Design
Craig Bergmann
Wednesday, April 16 - 7:00 p.m.
FOVT Spring Garden Lecture Series
$12/ $10 Members
Entire Series $45 / $35 Members




Opera On Tap Performances
Featuring Daron Hagen

Monday, April 21
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
$5.00 Suggested Donation

The first part of the evening will feature work by Nathan Wesselowski and Joel Kenneth Boyd both Milwaukee natives. The second half will feature work by Daron Hagen also a Milwaukee native. Hagen is currently directing his original musical I Hear America Singing, for the Skylight Opera Theatre, opening Friday May 9 and running through June 1. Compositions will be performed by Opera On Tap performers Julianne M. Frey, Kirstin Roble, Lauren Phillips, Allison Schnier, and Henry Hammond, from Hagen’s Three Early Cycles, work from Wesselowski’s Eurydice, and Boyd’s Learning to Rhumba and The Crawling Dove. The public is welcome with a $5 suggested donation/admission.

About The Work
Nathan Wesselowski’s Eurydice was commissioned by Milwaukee Opera Theatre and is composed for two sopranos. It premiered at Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Eurydice Festival in January 2014 and performed by Opera On Tap’s Julianne M. Frey and Teresa Gracyalny.  The composition comes from the American poet, novelist and memorist H.D. who was known for her association with the early 20th century avant-garde Imagist group of poets that included Ezra Pound and Richard Aldington. Julianne will be performing excerpts from these song cycles.

Learning to Rhumba is a song cycle for soprano composed by Joel Kenneth Boyd and will be performed along with excerpts from Boyd’s The Crawling Dove. The latter was commissioned by Milwaukee Opera Theatre, for their Eurydice Festival.

Daron Hagen, a Milwaukee native and graduate of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Julliard is currently based in New York and is now known throughout the world. He is currently directing his original musical I Hear American Singing for the Skylight Opera Theatre. Work from his Three Early Cycles, will be performed by Opera On Tap members.


About Opera On Tap
Opera On Tap’s mission is to promote opera as a viable, living and progressive art form deserving a place on the American cultural landscape, while promoting young professional singers and instrumentalists in their artistic development. Opera On Tap performers are allowed to let their hair down, wear jeans, drink beer, and try out new repertoire for an audience. There is no pressure for perfection. This environment gives the artists an opportunity to communicate the joy and exuberance they feel in the music by getting away from the formal atmosphere of the concert hall or educational institution. Providing the artist and the audience with room to breathe, draws in new listeners to the honesty and energy of the performances.  




Species & Specimens

March 19 - May 25, 2014
Opening Reception Thursday , March 20
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Members Only Preview

Species & Specimens brings together the work of eleven artists spanning several generations of faculty and alumni of the UWM Ceramics program. Their work comments on human interaction with the natural environment, using strategies from installation to small intimate objects. The Villa Terrace site and its unique interface with the urban and natural environment, its formal gardens and Lake Michigan, provides a counterpoint for multiple viewpoints the invited artists bring to the exhibition theme.

Artists included in the show are John Ty Bender, Angela Biederman, Dana Childs, Christopher Davis-Benavides, Karin Davis, Karen Gunderman, Namim Kim, Deborah Rael-Buckley, Barbara Reinhart, Charles Timm-Ballard, and Linda Wervey Vitamvas.

Species & Specimens coincides with Milwaukee’s hosting the 48th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts (NCECA) from March 19-22, 2014, with major conference exhibitions taking place at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Inova, MIAD, the John Michael Kohler Art Center and numerous other cultural institutions in the region. The conference expects 4500-5000 attendees and the Species & Specimens exhibition at Villa Terrace will be part of the exhibition bus tour that kicks off the conference on Wednesday March 19. The exhibition opens the following night, Thursday March 20, begining at 6:00 p.m. A special members only preview begins at 5:30 p.m.

Concurrent with the Species & Specimens exhibition, Jeff Noska, a ceramic artist from Dousman, Wisconsin will mount a separate exhibition, The Space Between, in the courtyard and exterior terrace on the second floor outside the upstairs galleries.

Click here for artist statements and biographies.




An Invitation To Château Du Grand-Lucé
Timothy Corrigan
Monday, April 28
7:00 p.m. / $5.00 Admission

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in partnership with Boswell Book Company, is pleased to welcome one of the top international interior designers, Milwaukee native Timoth Corrigan. Corrigan will discuss his latest book, An Invitation To Château du Grand-Lucé. The Villa Terrace is the perfect setting for him to recount his love affair with a wrecked, 18th Century château in the French Countryside that began in 2002. What followed is a true odyssey, starting with a year and a half during which Corrigan vigorously campaigned the French government for the right to buy the house and return it to its original use as a private residence. Though he was in competition with people, Frenchmen, all who wanted to turn it into a hotel, spa, or restaurant, all of which would have finacially benefitted the tiny Loire valley town in which the château stood, Les Architectes des Bâtiments de France - The equivilant of the Landmarks Commission - appreciated Corrigan's vision and determination to restore this architecturally significant structure to its former glory. Against all odds, the Commision decided in favor of the plan which would keep the château intact, and, in 2004 Timothy Corrigan was the new owner of Château du Grand-Lucé.

Books will be available for purchase.

About the Author

Hailed in Architectural Digest as "Today's Tastemaker," Timothy Corrigan's work has been featured on television and in publications including Elle Decor, The New York Times, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Vouge, and The Wall Street Journal. Corrigan has been named one of the world's top 100 architects and designers by Architectural Digest for the past eight years, one of the World's Top 40 Interior Designers by The Robb Report, and included in Luxe Interiors + Design Gold List. Corrigan has offices in Paris and L.A., as well as an eponymous home product line. In addition, he is introducting several new tabletop collections for the legnedary Royal Limoges, and will be designing the first fully integrated line of fabrics, trims, furniture and floor covering for F. Schumacher, to be introduced in early 2014. Prior to forming his design frim in 1998, Timothy Corrigan has a successful career in advertising where he headed up Bates Worldwide's internatinal operations.



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