Your Guide to Summer Art

The next three months are filled with art galleries, exhibitions, markets and more.

Galleries

1. Spoken Word, Goal Zero, 40 Years at Usable Space Gallery

THROUGH JUNE 30 | 1950 S. HILBERT ST. 

This show opened this week and was curated by Kent Mueller of former Milwaukee gallery KMArt. The exhibition includes works of art, poetry, media and prints from a community of Milwaukee poets and artists that met weekly in “a long-closed Slovenian sports bar, Kodric’s” from 1983-1992. A range of archival ephemera hint at the many stories of the art community that buzzed in Walker’s Point and Riverwest during that time period. Figures who made the Milwaukee art scene and contributed to the early spoken word poetry movement will be celebrated, including Jim Pattison and Scott Zieher. Posters and chapbooks will be on display, as well as paintings, audio clips, films, and photos.

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Exit Counseling

THROUGH JULY 2 | 830 E. CHAMBERS ST. 

A new incarnation of Green Gallery West will open in Riverwest, and programming began in late May with an exhibition of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduate school painting students, curated by Jan Tumlir. It features up-and-coming artists from around the globe. According to Gallery Owner John Riepenhoff, the show presents a “great opportunity for the community to get access to artists who are launching their careers, and see up and coming artists who are destined for success.” The building on the corner of Chambers and Bremen was purchased by Riepenhoff in 2016. Since then, it has hosted collaborative projects including the Outlet and Microlights Cinema. Over the last several years, the storefront space and adjacent garden have been thoughtfully renovated and landscaped. 

3. MIAD 2022 Juried Senior Exhibition

THROUGH JULY 16 | 273 E. ERIE ST.

Running through July 16, experience selections from the 2022 Senior MIAD Exhibition. Each year, the working artists who make up the faculty of MIAD select works from the Senior Exhibition to showcase and feature in a juried, smaller exhibition. The work on view in the Layton Gallery will represent a selection of some of the most promising up and coming talent from the graduating class across all mediums, including Lily Johnson (Illustration major), Isabelle Kern (Communication Design major) and Jimmy Cobb (New Studio Practice major).

 
 
 
 
 
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4. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship for Individual Artists 2019 and 2020

THROUGH JULY 31 | 1234 W TORY HILL ST. 

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists exhibition will be on view at the Haggerty Museum of Art from June 10 – July 31, 2022 and will include Nohl Fellowship 2019 and 2020 winners. This year, the exhibition will feature works of various media by artists including CK Ledesma and LaNia Sproles

5. On Nature at Tory Folliard Gallery

JULY 15 THROUGH SEPT. 3 | 233 N MILWAUKEE ST. 

Opening on July 15, this exhibition brings together over thirty artists across the media of painting, sculpture and works on paper, reflecting imaginary interpretations of nature and humankind’s place within it. Each artist “constructs images that achieve a visceral fusion of invention and recollection, beauty and substance.” The show will include work by surrealist naturalist painters Tom Uttech and Dennis Nechvatal, and muralist/painter Emma Daisy

6. Always New: The Posters of Jules Chéret

THROUGH OCT. 16 | 700 N. ART MUSEUM DR. 

On view since June 3 in the Baker/Rowland Galleries is Always New: The Posters of Jules Chéret. This exhibition will feature more than 100 colorful posters and prints by the French artist, who lived and worked at the end of the 19th century. Chéret’s vibrant designs reflect on the fashions of the day in Paris, with posters advertising everything from performances and events to products. The works reflect the ways culture was accelerated and increasingly influenced by advances in print technology, as a constant stream of colorful advertisements quickly became a backdrop to modern urban life. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Art Fairs 

The spirit of Milwaukee’s festival season spills over into art fairs with local makers and vendors all over the city, throughout the summer:

7. Milwaukee Maker’s Market

JUNE 19, JULY 17 & AUG. 21 | DISCOVERY WORLD

Winner of the Shepherd Express’s “ Best Art & Craft Fair/Maker’s Market” in 2020 and 2021, this fair is a “celebration of our city’s creators and our local community.” The market features some of the best of local makers including Blu Mountain Co. handmade leather accessories.  

 
 
 
 
 
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8. Midsummer Festival of the Arts 

JULY 16 & 17 | JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER 

Known in the artist festival circuit for its impeccable hospitality to artists, this annual festival attracts a wide array of high quality artists and craftspeople from around the nation. 

9. Morning Glory Art Festival

AUG. 13 & 14 | DEER DISTRICT 

In its third season hosted at the Fiserv Forum, this juried fair will feature over 135 artists working in mediums including ceramics, fiber, photography, wood and more. 

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