ZOOM Milwaukee is a 4-day regional event that will host approximately 250 makers, writers, and innovators.
It will feature 10 lectures, 27 hands-on workshops, 17 exhibitions, panel discussions, museum day trips, and more.
The Zoom Symposium lecture series will feature four 1-hour evening lectures from speakers Kim Cridler (keynote), David Clarke, Tricia Treacy and Ashley John Pigford of the Technographic Research Project, and Gabriel Craig and Amy Weiks of Smith Shop Detroit.
We will start our days with two 20-minute energy lectures each morning from speakers Aric Verrastro, Rebekah Frank and Courtney Kemp of Art Jewelry Forum, Teresa Faris from UW-Whitewater, and Anya Kivarkis from the University of Oregon.
Zoom will feature 3 full days of hands-on workshops!
Each workshop will have pre-registered, small groups of 12-20 participants and will be one day long (5 hours total).
The registration fee for the symposium will include 2 workshops. We encourage you to explore the city of Milwaukee and the many museums in walking and bicycling distance on your day off!
Workshop topics will include: copper spoon forging, aluminum anodizing, photographing jewelry on the body, pierced metal forms, wearable paper circuitry, drawing and painting in vitreous enamels, resin and additives, stained glass, micro steel welding, 3D print post-production, silk screening vitreous enamel, paper making and paper objects, the Korean print process of Takbon, bespoke masks from 3D scanning, Autodesk’s Fusion 360 design program, Smooth-on mold making, blacksmithing, and more.
Zoom will also offer Immersive Programming, day-long events featuring museum trips, artist gallery talks, panels, and critical discussions. These events will be pre-registered (just like workshops) and include:
Day trip to Lynden Sculpture Garden for a walk-thru of our keynote speaker Kim Cridler's exhibition, The Descriptive Line, a gallery talk with the artist, and a tour of the Lynden outdoor sculpture collection that features over 50 monumental works.
Day trip to Milwaukee’s Chipstone Foundation to critically engage with their collection of decorative and functional objects alongside scholars, makers, and curators, including Beth Lipman and Jamie Jones. Plus a Critiquing in Craft panel discussion moderated by Lyndsay Rice
Day event at INOVA will feature a morning gallery walk-through of the exhibition Marbles, Mirrors, Pictures, and Darkness, and talk with artist Anya Kivarkis facilitated by film scholar Kelly Krishtner. The afternoon will focus on exhibition On Function, will feature a short lecture, and a critical discourse panel about the idea of function.
AJF is raising the bar with critical workshops at ZOOM!
Art Jewelry Forum is sponsoring lectures by Rebekah Frank and Courtney Kemp. Rebekah, who is the new Director of AJF, will also be facilitating two workshops:
The AJF Writers' Workshop will explore best practices for submitting writing, provide practical advice about critical writing, and lend insight into what happens behind the scenes of a magazine/website.
The AJF Wiki-edit-a-thon will reveal how to be an active participant in researching the materials required, along with the ins and outs of posting on this global network. It’s important for jewelry culture to have a voice in the culture at large to increase its value and visibility.
The ZOOM Symposium Maker Plaza is an informal, un-conference space with various demonstrations and mini make-and-take workshops! It’s all about fun, community building, and sharing ideas with other makers. Bring your work in process to the Plaza! Set up at one of our kiosk work tables, try new techniques and materials. The Maker Plaza is a forum for all artists and craftsmen to learn and share, join in discussions with other artists and makers, and find new ideas for your own work.
Materials will include metals, glass, resin, fibers, paper, and electronics.
Tools will be provided for fabrication, soldering, sewing, mold making, and more.
Sponsors include Reynolds Advanced Materials, Smooth-On, Dremel, Milwaukee Makerspace, Cobalt Glass Studios, and the Digital Craft Research Lab at UWM.
The ZOOM Symposium has many social events in the works. We will kick off our event with an Opening Night Party at the Colectivo coffee house right across the street from the Kenilworth building on Wednesday.
We have 2 nights of exhibition openings scheduled for you and a total of 16 exhibitions on our 2 campuses! For Thursday evening, we will keep it local with 9 opening at the Kenilworth building. We will wrap up the night with a Karaoke Party at Landmark Lanes which also has 16 bowling lanes, pool tables, darts, arcade games, and drinks.
Friday will be the evening for 6 exhibition openings on the main UWM campus, about 1 mile north of the Kenilworth building. We will have shuttles running between Riverview residence hall, Kenilworth, Downer Ave. restaurants, and the UWM campus from dinner until 11pm to get you to all the good stuff.
Saturday, we will wrap it all up with our Final Night Celebration. Music, dancing, drinks, food, a trunk sale, photo booth, and raffle prizes should send you home with a smile or just warm you up for the rest of the night!
The ZOOM Symposium will be utilizing the Riverview residence hall for affordable housing. This housing is geared primarily toward student participants, but is open to all. The rooms at Riverview have 2 beds to a room and 2 rooms share a bathroom. This is UWM's newest residence hall and features many amenities including air conditioning, high speed internet, a convenience store, laundry, and TV lounges on each floor.
Rates for rooms vary on your registration category, see the Details page for more details!
The ZOOM Symposium will take place on Milwaukee's East Side, just north of downtown. There is an incredible amount of local attractions within walking and bicycling distance from our main venue including theMilwaukee Art Museum, Villa Terrace, Discovery Museum, the Lakefront, Oak Leaf bicycle trail, and the Lakefront Brewery.
Milwaukee has a new bicycle rental service called Bublr. We encourage you to check out their website and notice that there are bike stations at the Riverview Hall, at the Kenilworth building (main venue), on the main UWM campus, and all over Milwaukee's downtown area. This makes almost everything bike-able!
Check out the MKE page and see why Milwaukee is a great little city!