How Saint Kate Arts Hotel Continues to Support Local Artists

Stop for a drink, stay for the culture

Back in 2019, the opening of the Saint Kate Arts Hotel generated tons of buzz in the city: an arts destination embedded within a boutique hotel experience with several tasty dining options.

Fast forward to now. The good news is that the expansive lobby bar and one of its restaurants, Proof Pizza, have reopened after having closed due to the pandemic. And while large-scale, in-person performances won’t be coming back to the hotel for a while yet, four new art exhibitions are currently on view.

“The goal is to be able to support wonderful artists in our community,” says Greg Marcus, president and CEO of the Marcus Corp., which owns and manages Saint Kate, of the hotel’s decision to bring back its art exhibitions.

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Through Nov. 22, you can indulge in escapism with “Wisconsin Funnies,”  which tells the story of our state’s rich history of comic art. Additionally, three other shows are on display through Dec. 1: “Finding Space by Yoonshin Park” features the Chicago artist’s ethereal installations that capture human figures in arrested movement. A group show, “Making Room: Immigration, Migration, Identity,” digs into these relevant social issues. And “On a Daily Basis” showcases the found-object sculptures of Milwaukee artist Amy Cannestra.

The galleries are always free and open to the public. Marcus hopes that the art will offer visitors “a little break from whatever’s going on.” 


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Jude is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. He is a rising sophomore at Northwestern University studying journalism, gender and sexuality studies and theatre.