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273 E. Erie St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. except holidays

MIAD is Wisconsin's only fully-accredited, nonprofit, independent college of art and design granting the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. MIAD's galleries are located in the college's Jane Bradley Pettit Building, 273 E. Erie Street, in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.

MIAD Gallery Exhibit

Coming Soon:

2017 Juried Senior Exhibition, June 3 - July 28, 2017, Frederick Layton Gallery

View the best of the Senior Exhibition in the annual Juried Senior Exhibition, with works selected by MIAD faculty.




233 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am-5pm; Saturday 11am-4pm

Established in 1988, the Tory Folliard Gallery is a showcase for contemporary art by nationally recognized artists. Focusing on traditional media and content, the Gallery offers an impressive collection of painting, sculpture, and photography. Each year the Gallery presents a series of in-depth exhibitions of museum quality art.


Tory Folliard Gallery Exhibit

Claire Stigliani - Dream Within A Dream

Claire Stigliani creatively expresses ideas of femininity, sexuality, beauty, desire, and female empowerment in paintings and drawings, puppet theaters and videos. In a timeless space filled with historical portraits, literature, and pop-culture references, Stigliani places fairy tale like characters often based on her own personal identity.

Exhibition June 2 through July 1, 2017

The Salon Show

The Salon Show is the biggest exhibition of the year at the Tory Folliard Gallery, showcasing painting, sculpture and photography. The exhibiting artist include Rodger Bechtold, Mary Bero, Craig Blietz, Mark Brautigam, Derrick Buisch, Jessica Calderwood, Mark Chatterley, Robert Cocke, Marion Coffey, Terrence Coffman, Laura Dronzek, Andy Fletcher, Mark Forth, Ben Grant, Harold Gregor, Gerit Grimm, Michael Gross, Doug Hatch, Kathy Hofmann, Ron Isaacs, Keith Jacobshagen, Mary Jones, Clare Malloy, Nancy Mladenoff, Mark Mulhern, Charles Munch, Katie Musolff, Dennis Nechvatal, William Nichols, Michael Noland, Melanie Parke, Bill Reid, Jan Serr, Elizabeth Shreve, Brook Slane, Trina May Smith, Claire Stigliani, Fred Stonehouse, Paula Swaydan Grebel, Richard Taylor, Stephanie Trenchard, Tom Uttech, and Mary Alice Wimmer.

Artists' Reception: Gallery Night, Friday, July 21 from 5 to 9pm.

Exhibition runs July 7 - September 9, 2017.

Michael Velliquette: Beginner’s Mind

Best known for his elaborate low-relief paper sculptures, Michael Velliquette returns to this medium in his upcoming solo exhibition. Velliquette hand-cuts small, simple paper shapes and assembles them into complex forms akin to three-dimensional mandalas. The formal symmetry, balance, and order of these works are meant to evoke the rhythm and repetition of breath. Velliquette forgoes his prior use of vibrant color, instead employing an emotionally restrained palette of tans, grays and whites. Beginner’s Mind refers to an approach to living without preconception—a sensibility that characterizes the skillfully simple posture Velliquette brings to this new series.

Breehan James - New Works

Breehan James shares her connection with nature and experiences in the wilderness through paintings depicting scenes from Northern Wisconsin and the wild Boundry Waters of Minnesota. Her use of saturated color and beautiful brushwork lend a magical quality to her canvases.

Exhibitions run September 15 - October 14, 2017.


Jason Rohlf - Kismet

In Beacons, Jason Rohlf explores the geometrical optics of emitted light. Elaborately worked surfaces made up of countless layers of collage, medium, and acrylic paint coalesce to become vibrant and richly textured paintings. In addition to his painted canvases, large tarp paintings and shop rags will be available. This exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of his “shop rags project” first shown at the gallery in 2007.

Jeremy Popelka

Inspired by his latest sojourn to Thailand, award winning glass artist Jeremy Popelka will feature his new works. Popelka reinterprets nature’s cellular structures and organic patterns in colorful blown glass vessels. More details to follow.

Exhibitions run October 20 - November 25


Bill Reid - New Sculptures

Bill Reid’s brightly painted metal sculptures tell the story of the artist’s own folklore through imaginary creatures riding on whimsical mechanical creations. Reid’s toy-like creations are made entirely of welded pieces of thin sheet metal and metal rods and range in size from miniature to life sized vehicles.

Derrick Buisch - New Paintings

Derrick Buisch uses vibrant color combinations as a conduit for jolts of optical electricity designed to warm a room. His iconic abstract symbols begin as scribbles and sketches of monsters, buildings or abstract patterns that he enlarges on canvas and paints with brilliant color.

Exhibitions run December 2-30.


207 E. Buffalo St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Join the Marshall Building each 3rd Friday of the month as they open their seven floors of creative studios and offices to the public.  Explore the varied offerings of the local craftspeople, artisans, and creatives during this monthly aesthetic happy hour.

5 to 9pm each 3rd Friday.





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