Thanks for checking out our post about art in Milwaukee. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be discussed in detail right here.
This intro will be short and sweet because we know your time is valuable. The best local art galleries and museums where you can see the most unique collections in town seem like the most logical place to begin.
You may want to know about the best art stores in town where you can find all the supplies and materials you desire so they will be listed. We also don’t want to forget about the best shows and events this area has to offer.
If you get a sunny day enjoy it by going on an art walking tour or by seeing some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the nicer art schools in Milwaukee can be a great way to improve your skills quickly.
Renting out an art studio in your area when the time is right to get things moving on your next project could improve your odds of success. Appraisers, dealers, and framing shops will also get their own sections.
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Best Art Galleries & Museums In Milwaukee
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Milwaukee you can head to:
- Milwaukee Art Museum at 700 N Art Museum Dr
- Villa Terrace Art Museums at 2220 N Terrace Ave
- Haggerty Museum of Art at 1234 W Tory Hill St
- Grohmann Museum at 304 E State St
- David Barnett Gallery at 1024 E State St
- Gallery 505 at 517 E Silver Spring Dr
- The Alice Wilds at 900 S 5th St #102
- Tory Folliard Gallery at 233 N Milwaukee St
- Arts At Large at 1100 S 5th St
- The Warehouse at 1635 W St Paul Ave
- Gallery 218 at 207 E Buffalo St
- The Green Gallery at 1500 N Farwell Ave
- Sadler Gallery at 207 E Buffalo St
- Var Gallery at 643 S 2nd St
- Lily Pad Gallery West at 215 N Broadway St
Milwaukee Art Museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday but opens at 10am the rest of the week and they have collected over 30,000 works since they first opened up their doors in the late 1800’s. Children under the age of 12 and local k-12 teachers always are free to enter and throughout the year they hold some popular events that we will discuss more later like the Lakefront Festival of Art, Art in Bloom, and the monthly MAM After Dark.
At Villa Terrace Art Museum you will see creative wrought-iron work that was made by Cyril Colnik if you visit from 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Sunday.
Some of the 1,500 paintings, sculptures, and other works at the Grohmann Museum date back all the way to the 16th Century and you can check them out from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and starting at 12pm on weekends.
There are pieces made by over 600 artists on display at the David Barnett Gallery, most of which are for sale. They are open from 11am to 5:30pm Tuesday to Friday and until 5pm on Saturday and are also a good place to go for appraisals, consultations, restorations, and more art related services near you.
At Gallery 505 they keep regular hours of 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday while always putting on different shows, events, and workshops throughout the year.
Tory Folliard Gallery focuses on exhibiting and selling the latest works made by local and regional contemporary artists from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday and from 11am to 4pm on Saturday.
At The Warehouse you will find nearly 4,000 pieces on display as well as more pop-up exhibitions, talks, and programs held throughout the year.
Sadler Gallery has art for sale and can help with consultations and they open at 10am Tuesday through Saturday.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best stores to buy art supplies and materials in your area are:
- Blick Art Materials at 242 E Menomonee St
- Planet Bead at 710 N Milwaukee St
- American Science & Surplus at 6901 W Oklahoma Ave
- National School Supply at 520 W Oklahoma Ave
The biggest bead store in Wisconsin is probably Planet Bead who not only has every variety of bead for sale that you could ever imagine but they also provide instructional classes to the public.
American Science & Surplus is a good place to buy hard to find art supplies and accessories.
Shows & Events
Some of the top local art shows, festivals, and events would be:
- Art in Bloom in April
- Lakefront Festival of Art in June
- Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair in August
- Third Ward Art Festival in September
- MAM After Dark held Monthly
Art in Bloom is hosted by MAM every April when they create art-inspired floral installations that are based of works found in the museum’s vast collection and this celebration of art and nature (plus some great food) is a can’t miss.
Each June the shore of Lake Michigan comes alive for the Lakefront Festival of Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum as artists from across the nation visit to show off their latest works plus there will be lots of food, live music, performances, and more.
The Morning Glory Art Fair can be found in front of the Fiserv Forum in August.
Around a quarter of the 140 or so juried artists who display their latest collections at the Third Ward Art Festival are local Wisconsin artists and the event takes place over Labor Day Weekend each September along Broadway in the Third Ward.
Another great event that MAM puts on is the monthly After Dark parties that take place from 7pm to 11pm.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Not only does Delind Fine Art Appraisals located at 751 N Jefferson Street acquire, broker, and sell fine art in your area but they can also help with consultation services, appraisals, cleaning, and restorations.
David Barnett Gallery, Gallery 505, Tory Folliard Gallery, Sadler Gallery, and Var Gallery from our best galleries list also sell art near you.
While not an art walk per se City Tours Mke will take you past the coolest sites to see in the downtown area which means you will see some unique creations.
The Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee we are about to mention is a great place to see some creative works while walking around in the great outdoors.
Sculptures & Statues
Taking selfies with these sculptures and statues could also be enjoyable:
- Lynden Sculpture Garden at 2145 W Brown Deer Rd
- Bronze Fonz at N Riverwalk Way
- Within the Folds (Dialogue I) at 777 E Wisconsin Ave
- Mixed Feelings at 200 E Wells St
- Jim’s Head with Branches at 875 E Wisconsin Ave
There are over 50 monumental sculptures at the Lynden Sculpture Garden spread out across over 40 acres of park, woodland, and a lake.
Gerald Sawyer created the Bronze Fonz in 2008 that you can find along the Riverwalk downtown.
A recent addition is Within the Folds (Dialogue I) that Thomas Price created and was put up in 2020 at the plaza deck of the US Bank Building.
Mixed Feelings was sculpted by the famous Tony Cragg and it has sat in front of City Hall since 2010.
The Jim’s Head with Branches sculpture was created in 2018 by Jim Dine.
Milwaukee Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best art schools in Milwaukee would be:
- Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design at 273 E Erie St
- The Art School at 2654 S Kinnickinnic Ave
- Neighbor Art Studio at 2201 N Farwell Ave
- Square One Art Glass at 5322 W Vliet St
- Walker’s Point Center for the Arts at 839 S 5th St
- UW Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts at 2400 E Kenwood Blvd
- Pamela Scesniak at 2473 N Weil St
People of all ages and skill levels can take classes in drawing, painting, and multimedia sculpture at The Art School.
Children from 1 year old to 10 years old can take the local art lessons at Neighbor Art Studio who also has private classes for anyone.
There are glassblowing group classes, private classes, team-building experiences, or more intense certification classes at Square One Art Glass.
The after-school art classes in your area at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts are free to kids ages 6-12. They also have a Youth Empowerment Month that is filled with workshops based on various forms of creative expression.
The UW Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts has twenty undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields like art and design, art performance, and music.
There are classes for all ages at Pamela Scesniak plus on Fridays they often have an open studio.
Remember earlier we mentioned that Planet Bead also puts on classes and workshops.
Studios For Rent Near You
You can try renting art studio space at:
- Marshall Building at 207 E Buffalo St
- Hide House at 2625 S Greeley St
- 20 Ton Studios at 2000 W North Ave
When you need art framing services in Milwaukee try out:
- R & R Art Galleries at 194 S 2nd St
- Creative Enterprises at 5227 W State St
- Manders Picture Framing Service at 9222 W Burleigh St
- SB Framing Gallery at 409 E Buffalo St
- Bresler Eitel Framing Gallery at 525 W Walnut St
Not only can you get value from the printing and framing services at R & R Art Galleries but they also display local artist’s works for sale.
There are over 1,200 molding samples available at Manders Picture Framing plus everything you may need for DIY framing in your area.
You can get consultations, delivery, artwork installation, and full service framing from Bresler Eitel Framing Gallery.
Other places we have listed throughout the post that also do custom framing in Milwaukee include David Barnett Gallery, Gallery 505, Tory Folliard Gallery, and Sadler Gallery.
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Have Fun Enjoying The Milwaukee Art Scene
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