Academic Staff Art Gallery

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The Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff launched The Academic Staff Art Gallery in the 2010 in 270 Bascom. It is a place to showcase talented artists from within Academic Staff. Exhibits change on a semester by semester basis.

This semester’s featured artist: Terry Emmrich. Terry is the production manager at the University of Wisconsin Press.

Artist’s Statement

My recent work represents an exploration into the chaos and instability in Nature; sometimes hidden behind a façade of tranquility and order. The forces depicted may be as violent as an explosion or as subtle and unobtrusive as the growth of a virus or the quiet intrusion of an invasive species. I utilize natural forms (branches, rocks, roots, insects) as metaphorical imagery and I’ve tried to evoke in the subject of the prints the randomness and unpredictability of the natural interactions they represent.  While not readily apparent in the imagery, an underlying concept in these prints is the struggle to harness and control the forces represented and the ultimate futility of this effort. The work also references, in a subtle way, my interest in Chaos Theory and the study of random, nonlinear phenomena.


Terry Emmrich was born in Madison, Wisconsin and grew up in Neenah after his family moved there in the late 50’s.  He developed an affinity for art at an early age and pursued this interest through high school and college. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1981 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and printmaking, he moved back to Madison to work in the commercial printing industry. It was shortly after arriving in Madison that he began an affiliation with Andy Balkin and AGB Graphics Studio. The equipment and facilities at AGB allowed him to continue with the linoleum block printing that had become his medium of choice in college. In 2008 he was fortunate to be able to purchase a printing press for his home, a purchase that also coincided with a shift in imagery from what had been primarily figurative subject matter toward the natural forms that comprise his most recent work.

For the past 28 years, Terry has been the production manager at The University of Wisconsin Press. He lives in Madison with his wife Karen.

Opening Reception Poster

More about the Gallery:

Past Academic Staff Art Galleries

The room provides a forum to display 2-d artwork created  by UW-Madison academic staff.  The Office has 3 walls at 270 Bascom Hall that have been prepared to display framed, ready to hang 2-d art works.  Artwork will be on display either the fall or spring semester and will be given recognition through various campus publications.  If you would like to have your work considered for exhibition in the Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff please contact the Office Secretary of the Academic Staff office at with the following information:

  • Your contact information (indicate your academic staff position on campus)
  • A short artistic statement describing your art and creative concerns
  • A works list
  • Four to ten images of your work