Bixler is UW–Madison’s spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence

UW–Madison’s Division of the Arts welcomes Litza Bixler as the spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence. Bixler is a choreographer, filmmaker, movement director, visual artist, and writer. She has produced work on stage, screen, galleries, and mountains. Bixler works across the spheres of art, performance, and film, and has been a working artist and educator since 1995.

Litza Bixler

Among her activities this semester, Bixler is teaching the 3-credit course, “Creativity, Collaboration and the Creation of Self.” The first part of the course focuses on examining creativity in context. The second part is devoted to exploring creative collaboration and will culminate in a live and/or virtual public exhibit of films, sound, and images.

The final collaborative piece examines the movement of people across borders and boundaries. Students will explore diaspora, geography, and immigration as essential and positive sources of identity and ask what it means to be “from” a particular place or country. Students will explore how we move: literally, metaphorically, and culturally, and examine the subtext of the question, “Where are you from?”

Bixler and the students in her course will start interviewing campus and community members starting Mar. 20 for their final event, currently scheduled for May 7. If you are interested in being interviewed, please email iarp@arts.wisc.edu. The maximum time commitment will be an hour.

The spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts and hosted by the School of Education’s Dance Department, with Professor Li Chiao-Ping as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the School of Education’s Art Department and the Department of Communication Arts.

The UW–Madison Division of the Arts’ Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) brings innovative artists to UW­­–Madison to teach semester-long, interdepartmental courses and to publicly present their work for campus and community audiences and is funded through the university’s Office of the Provost.