University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Who Are We?

Founded in 2002, the Center for Visual Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison supports curricular innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration from faculty and students in the emerging field of visual cultures. » Learn More


Graduate Programs

We offer a PhD minor and a graduate certificate for masters and professional students.


Affiliate faculty teach courses on visual cultures every semester at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Annual Theme


Worlding: Visual Cultures and the Political

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the CVC is hosting a series of lectures, workshops, and discussions under the umbrella theme of “Worlding: Visual Cultures and the Political.” These events will analyze the visual construction and normalization of the society we live in by studying issues ranging from racial history, immigration and social justice to the understanding of our inner worlds.

Top photo by Zach Gross, courtesy of Guillermo Gómez-Peña