Event Challenges Students to Create Works of Art in 24 Hours


Students Given One Day to Create Works of Art

by Molly Schecklman – The University of Wisconsin – Marathon County is hosting a 24-Hour Arts Challenge on March 3, 2018.

The event started in 2015 when inspiration struck. “I learned of a similar event happening at UW – Rock County,” said Julie Bunczak, Lecture and Fine Arts Coordinator at UWMC. “I pitched the idea to our art, creative writing, theatre, and music professors and they were very enthusiastically on board! We reached out not only to our own students here at UWMC, but also to high school students and various community members who are involved in the arts, and it was a hit from the very first year.”

Individuals or groups high school age and up are given less than 24 hours to create a work of art according to a set of specifications that are not revealed until 24 hours before the work is presented in front of the public.

“Participants will be given prompts and requirements for a visual art work, short play, or creative writing work. They will then have just 24 hours to create and share their work with the public. Participants can also participate in the 24-hour Choir and perform a choir piece entirely composed in that time frame.

The 24-Hour Arts Challenge combines a variety of arts disciplines: Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Music, and Theatre. The event itself usually has close to 100 participants, with about another 100 who attend the showcase event. The showcase event will take place on March 3, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the UW CCE James F. Veninga Theatre. Tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Julie Bunczak at julie.bunczak@uwc.edu or 715-261-6234.

“The adrenaline rush from having all of these artists ‘doing their thing,’ all at the same time, all with the same deadline, is intoxicating! There is a point a few hours before the showcase event when the choir is rehearsing on stage, the artists are bringing in their art work and we’re putting together the exhibit, the theatre groups are memorizing their lines backstage and the creative writing professor is combing through submissions and choosing which will be read – it’s a buzz that you just don’t get any other way,” said Bunczak.