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Photo Courtesy of David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

Most art curators work for museums and tend to have substantial academic credentials in art history and museum studies. David Wagner is not an art historian. His academic background is in musical performance and arts administration. But he is a curator.

Wagner’s Milwaukee-based business, David J Wagner LLC, produces and manages traveling exhibitions for museums and other cultural and scientific institutions in North America and abroad. 

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For local Bard enthusiasts, summertime means a full slate of Shakespeare in parks throughout Wisconsin, thanks to the Summit Players. The Milwaukee-based troupe has been performing Shakespearian plays at an ever-growing roster of Wisconsin State Parks for four seasons.

Mohamed Amin

It’s hard to overstate what a prolific photojournalist Mohamed Amin was in his relatively short life. When the Kenyan native died in 1996, he left behind 2.5 million still photographs and more than 5,000 hours of raw video, shot during his 33-year career. Until now, almost none of that work has been displayed in the United States.

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There are parts of our planet where most of us will never have the opportunity to travel. But thanks to people like Cory Trepanier, we still have the opportunity to see them.

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Wallace Abbey captured images of trains and how railroads played a role in shaping large cities for decades, beginning in the 1940s.  And in doing that, the late photographer chronicled not just how the railroad industry changed over 70 years, but how our culture shifted.

Abbey, who died in 2014, was a longtime Milwaukee-based photographer and an editor at Trains magazine in the 1950s.

Mitch Teich

The concept is pretty simple - two wheels, pedals, a chain, and a frame.  But within that basic mix of parts, it turns out there’s a lot of room for art.  Quite a lot of room, actually. Even a basic bike can be a work of art - art that can also take you to work, or down a wooded path.

courtesy Paul Noth

Cartoonist and Milwaukee native Paul Noth has typically created work for older audiences - animated shorts on "Saturday Night Live," a short video series with Jim Gaffigan and Conan O'Brien, cartoons in The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal.  But his latest work is the first in a trilogy of books for middle-grade readers, called How To Sell Your Family to the Aliens.

Noth returned to Milwaukee to share the story of his journey from Rufus King High School to the many creative outlets that fill his professional career.

Photo courtesy of Museum of Wisconsin Art

There are still a couple of weeks left to visit the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend to see the 2018 Wisconsin Biennial exhibition. The statewide competition is open to artists working in all media. The prize selections are made by an outside jury.

Alec Soth / Courtesy of Magnum Photos

The Milwaukee Art Museum's current photography exhibit, The Open Road, features the works of many groundbreaking international photographers who were enamored with the idea of the Great American Road Trip. But there are American photographers, as well, who have the ability to show the country to their fellow Americans in a different way.

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Tattoos have a storied history in our cultural imagination. Once the domain of bikers and sailors, the artform has had a renaissance in the 21st century. Everyone from famous actors to politicians have tattoos - even some tattoo artists themselves have been elevated to celebrity status.

Local artist Garrett Bisbee was recently among them. As one of the youngest contestants on the 10th Season of Ink Master, he was competing against seasoned professionals and well-known tattooers for the title.

© Stephen Shore, Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, New York

Americans have been fond of the road trip for as long as roads came to existence. But there was a time when to see pictures of your friends’ road trips, you had to sit in their den or basement rec room and watch a slideshow or flip through a photo album.

Joy Powers

More than a dozen teams from around the country are gathered in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. And although the competition has been in the small, tourist town for more than two decades, it actually started in Milwaukee.

Credit Penina Meisels / Racine Art Museum

The Racine Art Museum wraps up 2017 marking a series of anniversaries. Seventy-five years ago, a Racine woman, Jennie E Wustum, bequeathed her house, some land, and a small trust fund to the city to create an art museum in her husband’s honor. That original building and grounds is still serve as the museum’s Wustum annex.

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Walking through the current modernism exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum is kind of like walking through an art history text book - except it's a lot more fun.

The exhibit, Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France, features works dating from the early 1800s to around 1950 and includes both famous and lesser-known (but equally important) artists. 

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Rob Schrab wasn’t a Hollywood insider when he started his career in the industry, but the Emmy-winning and Oscar nominated writer and director quickly became a "go-to guy" for good work. Monster House, Parks and Recreation, and the Sarah Silverman Program are just a few of the projects he’s had a hand in shaping.

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