Sculpture Milwaukee Announced This Year’s Artists

Starting June 30, their work will be displayed around the city.

Sculpture Milwaukee announced the full roster of exhibiting artists for its seventh annual exhibition, “Actual Fractals, Act I,” curated by local artist and gallerist John Riepenhoff.

The exhibition will be on view from June 30, 2023 through October 2024. Exhibiting artists for 2023-24 include Katy Cowan, Lars Fisk, Pao Houa Her, Nicole Miller, Mary Miss, Isamu Noguchi and Erika Verzutti. 



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“There are many Milwaukees within this single city. While our parts can appear, and be, disjointed, there are also patterns that play out in our experiences across communities, generations, and public and private spaces, connecting us intricately,” Riepenhoff said. 

“Actual Fractals, Act I” brings together the work of seven distinguished artists from diverse backgrounds whose sculptures touch on concerns, pastimes and pleasures that shape contemporary life, he said.

Poster designed by MIAD alum Kelsey Robinson

“The exhibition features artworks in a range of mediums that can rescale our expectations of contemporary sculpture. They also help us to see what we share by existing in the same time and place—and to see each other with delight and renewed empathy,” Riepenhoff added.

Having a world-class artist from Milwaukee curate a globally unique and recognized exhibition highlights the city as an artistic center of excellence, Sculpture Milwaukee Executive Director Brian Schupper said. 

“The exhibition John has curated invites residents, workers and visitors to use the lens of extraordinary public sculpture to reconsider our downtown urban environment and the many communities that call it home,” said Schupper.

Riepenhoff owns The Green Gallery on the East Side and runs The Open Fund, which supports visual artist initiatives that are experimental and public oriented. 

“Actual Fractals, Act I” can be viewed alongside Sculpture Milwaukee’s 2022-23 exhibition, “Nature Doesn’t Know About Us,” curated by internationally renowned artist Ugo Rondinone, which runs through October. 



Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.