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Greg Conniff and The Museum of Wisconsin Art

Madison photographer Greg Conniff was not in the market to prepare, shoot and organize another exhibit. The award-winning artist was shooting images for pleasure and was content to take the occasional commission. 

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West Bend might seem like an unlikely place for a cutting edge art museum.

But ever since the Museum of Wisconsin Art moved into its modern, stylish new home on the banks of the Milwaukee River, the museum has made a name for itself, both creatively and for the way its new business model deviates from a more traditional way of operating.

Reporter Rich Rovito charts the changes at the museum in the November issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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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.

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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.

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There’s something about polka. Whether it’s the middle European version, or the Mexican version, or some amalgamation of a number of styles, the dance and music that supports it is infectious.

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A quick geography quiz – where’s Luxembourg?  Okay, we’ll settle for “someplace in Europe.”  Many of us might have a difficult time precisely placing the small country on a map – it’s wedged in between Belgium, Germany, and France. 

Its population is about 500,000 – less than the city of Milwaukee, and it is 200 square miles smaller than Milwaukee County. But why are we telling you this? 

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When Wisconsin scenery comes to mind, images of rolling hills scattered with cattle and farm houses is often at the top of the list. This year the Museum of Wisconsin Art celebrates the Wisconsin landscape and the quintessential artist who brought it to the public in their exhibition of John Stuart Curry's work.