Along with being the only night where you can see
someone covered in blood and guts thanks to the makeup artists in the theatre
department, or wearing a handmade costume made entirely of feathers created by
sculpture students, Arts Bash is a night where theatre, dance, and art students
emerge from their respective caves and come together to share their skills
with the community.
Serving as a testament to the power of the arts to
connect a community, Arts Bash is the University of Wisconsin - Stevens
Point’s largest student scholarship fundraising event. All proceeds benefit
When event-goers made it through the front doors of the
Noel Fine Arts Center Saturday night, a video piece by Karolina Romanowksa
greeted them. The viewers experienced their identities pulled away as the
performers’ faces were stripped of white powder.
Opening the evening’s performances, sculpture students
exhibited their work in reinterpreting cardboard into functional chairs.
Although there was no official wearable runway show
this year, students still created wearable art pieces and wore them to the
Eva Hathaway thinks of Arts Bash as “Halloween but
weirder” and created a collar out of book paper, similar to the piece she made
at last year’s Arts Bash event.
Hathaway made her first paper collar three years ago
and fell in love with the way paper looks when you fold it into the flower like
Jessica Kruse’s look was inspired by a group of vines
she saw near her work. Kruse became interested in wearable art over the past
couple of years and recently completed an independent study in the art form.
She came to wearable art because “It’s newer. Not many
people are doing it, which means there is a lot more freedom to do things and
not feel like you are copying.”
On the night of Arts Bash, the second floor of the NFAC
became the storefront of almost every restaurant in the area, offering samples
of their iconic dishes, drinks or bakery treats.
The Main Grain Bakery offered some varieties of their
breads, as well as their beloved cupcakes. Zest shared chocolate covered bacon.
@1800 made Blackberry spritzers.
Whether it was drawing and painting students creating
portraits of event-goers, theatre and dance students putting on a performance,
or art students selling their work in the gallery, Arts Bash was an event for
students and community members to mingle and relish the creative energy that
fills the Noel Fine Arts Center.