Visual Narratives

College of Arts and Sciences Annual Theme

The 11th Annual SAU College of Arts and Sciences academic theme is Visual Narratives.

Drawing upon multiple interdisciplinary modes of production and performance - including comics, film, theatre, printmaking, photography, and dance - the theme seeks to explore the ways in which visual narratives engage with contemporary and historical realities.

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Visual Narratives

Project Series Committee

As members of the 2018-19 Project Series Committee, these faculty and staff spent the past year organizing and planning all of the associated events:

Joseph Lappie, Art
Ethan Gannaway, Art History
Terri Switzer, Art History & Museum Studies Program
Neil Aschliman, Biology
Bill Hixon, Biology
Joshua Sides, Esports 
Chris Reno, Catich Gallery
Sallee Beneke, Early Education
Sarah Eikleberry, Kinesiology
Joyce Haack, Library
Karly Lyle, Library
Onnica Marquez, Library 
Kate Horberg, Master of Public Health
Melissa Sharer, Master of Public Health
Lisa Thimm, Math
Marian Lee, Music
Vickie Logan, College of Arts and Sciences
Joseph Hebert, Political Science
Sophia Pierce, Student Activities
Daniel Rairdin-Hale, Theatre
Katy Strzepek, Women and Gender Studies
Students JJ Harris & Kylie Flynn, Co-Presidents of Art History Club

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Visual Narratives

College of Arts and Sciences Academic Theme

Join us for a year full of events that include dance, film, a comics convention, art, and much more! The College's Project Series has existed since 2007.

Fall 2018 Events

Fourth Tuesdays monthly, Aug. - Nov. and Feb. - April
7 p.m., St. Ambrose Library
Zine Workshops
SAU Library Zine Workshops
Free and open to the public
Contact: Leslie Ross

Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2:30 p.m.
Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium
Paris En Pointe
Ballet Quad Cities and St. Ambrose Music Department
Tickets: or 563-333-6251
Contact: Marian Lee

Friday, Sept. 28
5 p.m., Galvin Fine Arts Center, Madsen Hall
Casual Classics Concert
"Still," by James Romig, PhD, Composer
Contact: William Campbell

Thursday, Oct. 4
7 p.m., Ambrose Hall, Beehive
Film "Loving Vincent"
Sponsored by Art History & Museum Studies Program and the Art History Club
Contact: Terri Switzer

Wednesday, Oct. 10
9:30 a.m., Rogalski Center and Galvin Fine Arts Center
Ambrose Women for Social Justice Conference
Gender, Narrative, and Justice: Sharing Stories, Seeking Solutions
Registration and schedule:
Contact: Katy Strzpek

Saturday, Oct. 20
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Library
Comic Convention
Pop Culture U: Comics, Gaming & Entertainment
Contact: Joyce Haack

Thursday, Nov. 8
7 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Richard Geiger History Lecture
"Playful Rome: Immersive Humanities in an Age of Ubiquitous 3D"
David Fredrick,  PhD
Associate Professor, Classical Studies, University of Arkansas
Director, Tesseract Center for Immersive Environment and Game Design
Contact: Ethan Gannaway

Sunday, Dec. 2
3 p.m., Ambrose Hall, Lewis Boardroom
The Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan Colloquium
"Visualizing Ambrose's Life"
Lauren Pierce '11 reference and reader services librarian, Plainfield Public Library
Maureen Valvassor '81, The Well of Mercy, Chicago
Contact: Ethan Gannaway

Spring 2019 Events

Jan. 15-Feb. 22
Galvin Fine Arts Center, Catich Gallery
"A Family Album: Photomicrographs from the Tree of Life"
Free and open to the public
Contact: William Hixon  and Christopher Reno

March 8 - April 12
Galvin Fine Arts Center, Morrissey Gallery
"Moving Pictures: A print portfolio exchange"
Free and open to public
Contact: Christopher Reno

March 20-27
Ambrose Hall, Beehive
Photo Exhibit
"Voices Across Campus: Photo-Voices Showcasing Student Diversity"
Free and open to public
Contact: Melissa Sharer and Kate Horberg

Thursday, March 28
7 p.m., Rogalski Center
Folwell Lecture in Political Science and Pre-Law
"Leading Citizens, the Role of Law, and the Advancement of Justice: A History through the Visual Arts"
Gerard Wegemer, PhD, Professor of English, Director, Center for Thomas More Studies, University of Dallas
Free and open to the public
Contact: L. Joseph Hebert

Thursday, April 4
5:30 p.m., Christ the King Chapel
The Saint Ambrose of Milan Lecture
"An SAU History through its Patron's Portraits"
Fr. George McDaniel, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History, St. Ambrose University
Free and open to the public
Contact: Ethan Gannaway and Fr. Bud Grant

Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6
Rogalski Center
International Comic Arts Forum
Free and open to the public
Contact: Arturo Meijide and Brittany Tullis

Friday-Saturday, April 12-13, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 3 p.m.
Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium
Tickets: or 563-333-6251
Contact: Daniel Rairdin-Hale

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