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Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design / facebook.com

When former MIAD President Neil Hoffman announced he was retiring, the school conducted a 6 month international search for his successor. But it turned out that Jeffrey Morin, the person selected for the position, wasn’t too far away. Before he began his tenure at MIAD in June, Morin had been the Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication at UW-Stevens Point.

Federation of American Societies For Experimental Biology / faseb.org

Art is a very human way to explore and reflect the world we experience. It often asks questions of us who view or hear it and it can be calming or unsettling. The art itself can be kinetic or static; it can aural or visual or both. But what it usually isn’t, is living.

Haggert Museum, Facebook

Until this year, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University had only had two directors in its 30-plus year history.

After Wally Mason left the museum to take a similar job in Nebraska, the university hired Susan Longhenry. She was director of the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico.

Starving Artists' Show of Mount Mary University / facebook.com

This weekend, Mount Mary University’s enormous front lawn is transformed into an art gallery.  The 46th annual Starving Artists show features art work from more than 200 local and national artists, all selected via jury.

Palladium Print © J. Shimon & J. Lindemann / Museum of Wisconsin Art

Update: Photographer Julie Lindemann died of cancer Tuesday. 

Original Post, April 22, 2015: Wisconsin is home to a great many world class artists. Among those are the photographers Julie Lindemann and John Shimon, both of whom were born in the state and have made it their professional home.

Milwaukee Art Museum

Due to the construction of the Milwaukee Art Museum's new wing, almost all of the museum remains closed the summer. But that doesn’t mean isn't anything to see. In fact, some of the most significant works of art from the late 19th and 20th centuries are on display.

From Salvador Dali to Andy Warhol and lots of artists in between, the Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels exhibit that is on display through September is like a survey of some of modern art’s greatest hits.

401(K) 2012 / Flickr

Over the last year, the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum has been examining how arts and culture are paid for in the Milwaukee area.  The first two reports in the group’s series focused on the public financing component.

But a great deal of business and private philanthropy support is given to arts and culture programs and institutions in Milwaukee.

Courtesy of the Artist / Racine Art Museum

The Racine Art Museum is known for its somewhat quirky rotating exhibits alongside its more serious collection of sculpture, pottery and paintings.

Two temporary exhibits that are very different from each other in nature opened earlier this summer. One explores science fiction and fantasy-based themes of Doctor Who, Star Wars, superheroes, and steampunk, while the other showcases the work of familial artists—couples, parents and children, and siblings.

nathanielstern.com

Nathaniel Stern's intensity is palpable. The media artist always has multiple bodies of work going on simultaneously, he's a Fulbright scholar, a professor of art, a parent.  Talking with him, you get the impression he never stops thinking about, or exploring, art and life.

Courtesy of the Sadler Gallery

The summer edition of Gallery Night and Day is almost upon us. Artists of all kinds, along with gallery owners, will be showcasing work at multiple venues around town.

Charles Allis Art Museum / charlesallis.org

The art form known as burlesque has a distinctly American influence. And within its American heritage, burlesque owes much to a Midwestern influence.

That aspect is especially on display in an exhibit open now at the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee. Stars such as Gypsy Rose Lee, Lili St. Cyr, Rose La Rose, Dixie Evans and contemporary performers such as Dita von Teese and Amber Ray are examined. 

"Burlesque...is no longer the mainstream that it was, but it has influenced all the major forms of entertainment today," says Annemarie Sawkins.

Partners in Art / http://partners-in-art.com/index.html

"There's no place like home," says Michael Paul Thiry of Partners in Art.

After a  successful 15 year stint in the Southern California art community, Milwaukee artists Jerry Hirschmann and Michael Paul Thiry (also known as Partners in Art) have returned home. With them, they have brought their unique blown glass and stainless steel flower sculptures, which also double as practical bowls and plates and have gained them notable praise.

Carroll University

Public art often gets a bad rap – rightly or wrongly.  Typically an artist is chosen, a piece is created, installed, and the only real public part is whatever reaction you have to it once it’s on display.  Artist Kasia Ozga works differently.

She takes the public part of public art quite literally.  Her latest project is a public art installation based on water at Carroll University in Waukesha, being installed with the public’s help and input at the university.

Present Music

This Friday evening, Milwaukee's Present Music presents its season finale concert, called "Present Music Nation," at The Warehouse. One of the pieces that can be heard is from a new community collaboration called ComposeMilwaukee.

Helene Fischman / helenefischman.com

Thursday evening at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, an exhibit featuring the work of more than 20 artists will open.

The Milwaukee Jewish Artists’ Laboratory created the Living Waters exhibition. It’s the result of the group’s yearlong communal exploration on the theme of water and Jewish identity.

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