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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Siona Benjamin

Painter Siona Benjamin grew up in Bombay, India in a community of Jews that had been there for thousands of years. She was raised Jewish in a Hindu/Muslim India, attending a Catholic middle school and a Zoroastrian-Parsi high school, and she says India has been a very tolerant society for Jews. 

Since then, she has lived in the United States for over 30 years and has spent time in Israel. Because of her unique experiences, home and identity have become central themes of her work.

Joy Powers

If you happen to be walking by Milwaukee’s Oriental Theatre around midnight (the second Saturday of every month), you may see scantily-clad people wrapped around the lobby waiting with anticipation for a unique - yet somehow ubiquitous - experience.

A lot has happened in the last year and a half for singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.  A new baby, a new album, and a new creative outlet - textile design. 

Almost none of it has come simply or easily.

Photo: Thomas Griesel © The Museum of Modern Art

It's a daunting task to capture a life well-lived.

Shortly before her death from cancer in 2007 at age 66, New York painter Elizabeth Murray was one of only five women to have a retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. She had “made it” much earlier than that, starting in the 1980s, but the exhibit was a crowning moment in a career that had involved some risks and a lot of pluck.

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An exhibit at the Museum of Wisconsin Art showcases the clothes of six generations of an upper-middle class, Marshfield family -- The Roddis family.

Edyn Herbert

In these heightened political times, how you define yourself as an American is an important and fundamental question. Artists are always responding to difficult questions like this, and a new exhibit at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Transplant Eyes, presents some answers.

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