Welcome Back: Fall Semester Preview

It's hard to believe that we have come to the end of another summer in the Twin Cities. It's been a few months since our last post, and we have tons of news to share! Welcome back, University of Minnesota students. Are you ready for your fall event agenda?

Though the Weisman Art Museum has been open (and air-conditioned) all summer, we've been missing our bustling campus and students studying in the galleries. Now that classes have resumed, don't forget about that big shiny building on campus - it's a perfect place to study and recharge your brains with some gorgeous visuals.

To welcome back continuing students and make friends with the newbies, WAM Collective, in conjunction with the Whole Music Club and other local sponsors, will be hosting the third annual WAM-o-RAMA! on Friday, September 6. This FREE concert is open to all UMN students and will feature three local bands, refreshments, a photo booth, and FREE screenprinted t-shirts - make your own that night! RSVP to our Facebook event here and show up early to screen-print a shirt with UMN student group, Bohemian Press.

Screen-printing starts at 6:00 pm outside of WAM. Hear Radio K DJ-ing outside of the building, while creating your own t-shirt with help from local screen-printing student group, Bohemian Press.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Grab a piece of FREE Mesa Pizza, then head inside for a refreshing beverage, cool off in the galleries, and take your picture at the photo booth.

Music starts at 8:00 pm. Dance along to local music by Beasthead, William Within, and end the night with VAN STEE.

Want to learn more about the bands that night? Interviews with each band will be released this week in anticipation of the event. Want to know more? Make sure you've liked WAM Collective on Facebook and follow along with our updates about the event and future happenings at WAM.

Also that night, hang out with WAM Collective as we release the first of a series of blog posts that will make up an online exhibition, WAM@20: The Collective Choice. WAM@20, a yearlong project in conjunction with the investigation of Choice, celebrates 20 years of accessioning artworks in the iconic Gehry-designed building which houses the Weisman Art Museum. This online exhibit, "The Collective Choice," has been curated by yours truly, WAM Collective. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook for more updates.

Now, you know that we couldn't get through September with just ONE free event; so mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 18, and join WAM Collective and Hazel & Wren for the third annual Words @ WAM! This mid-week break will be much needed by the third week of school - and it's literature based! So don't feel bad about skipping your study session. Words @ WAM is an annual literary open mic hosted at the Weisman Art Museum with online literary community Hazel & Wren. This open mic is open to anyone and everyone, and is first come, first served, so come early to sign up! FREE refreshments will be provided, as well as an exclusive Words @ WAM notebook. Doors at 6:00pm.

Keep following our blog for more updates on events and art activities around the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities. The Weisman Art Museum is always free and open to the public (Tuesday-Sunday). Make sure to stop by in between classes and check out WAM's galleries, or rent a piece of artwork for your apartment in the WAM Shop!