Guillermo Gómez-Peña looking glass photo

Due to Covid-19, the Center for Visual Cultures has had to postpone most of our spring 2020 events in real-time. However, the students in AH 801, the core class for students pursuing a doctoral minor or certificate in visual culture studies, cordially invite you to join them, virtually, as they present their final research projects for the semester. Please contact Professor Laurie Beth Clark ( if you would like to tune in for one or both of the webinars.

Two Upcoming Visual Culture Webinars

For a link to the webinars, contact

Tuesday, 28 April, 5-7 PM.    *     Thursday, 30 April, 5-7 PM.

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

“Migrancy & Displacement”

Image: JR, “Migrants, Mayra, Picnic across the border, Tecate, Mexico -U.S.A., 2017.”


This year-long theme brings together a complex set of topics that range from the political and social to the literary and artistic, asking who has access to movement, which objects and ideas travel, and how networks of displacement can simultaneously grant and deny access. Both migrancy and displacement are indelibly inscribed within both material and immaterial borders, contributing to what Edward Said has termed “a discontinuous state of being.” With these terms, the lectures, workshops, and exhibition that we have planned, will focus on a wide variety of approaches to how art, objects, people and ideas travel and connect, and/or impede and obstruct networks.

Please join us for our exciting program of lectures, artist talks, and workshops!

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