For over 30 years, Gallery Night and Day has united downtown as Milwaukee's two-day premier art event for both the experienced art connoisseur and most beginning admirer. Discover galleries, explore museums, browse shops, and more!
During Gallery Night and Day event hours (Friday 5 to 9pm; Saturday 10am to 4pm), park for just $5 at the Historic Third Ward parking structures located at 212 N. Milwaukee St. and 225 E. Chicago St.
January 18 & 19, 2019 | April 26 & 27, 2019
July 19 & 20, 2019 | October 18 & 19, 2019
*Venues set their own hours for the event, so be sure to check with specific venues for details.
Applications for January 2019 are now being accepted. Download a January Gallery Night application here.
Please note the deadline date of Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
You can pay your Gallery Night participation fee online. Just remember to email or mail your signed application.
735 N. Water Street
“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”- Antonio Porchia. City Center’s “Happy Memories” is an enthralling exhibit of fashion, art and history. Experience an enchanting remembering of our warmest memories.
1024 E. State Street
Artwork on view for the first time in years, including original work by Della Wells, Carol Summers, Claude Wiesbuch, and more. Plus, New Acquisitions—artwork by Calder, Picasso, Renoir, and Cassatt, among others.
Inauguration of the new space within the historic David Barnett Gallery dedicated to showcasing recent work by contemporary artists.
Pop-up exhibition premiere hosted by The Rogue’s Art Group on the gallery’s top floor. Featuring work by more than 20 award-winning local, regional and national artists.
Exhibition October 19, 2018- January 12, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm
1000 N. Broadway
David Plowden has spent his career capturing scenes of industry and amassing an unparalleled catalogue of images of work. Over the last ten years, the Grohmann Museum has hosted exhibitions of his railroad, bridge architecture, and steel photographs. And his work is the subject of over two dozen books of industrial photography, from majestic lake boats to small town feed mills. However, no single book or exhibition has focused exclusively on his portraits of workers, until now. In close collaboration with the artist, the finest examples of these photographs have been selected for this special display of work. This exhibition features dozens of portraits of workers at their vocation. Included are subjects from a number of occupations, including farmers, mechanics, engineers, salespeople, shopkeepers, and ship captains. Visually appealing and psychologically engaging, patrons are sure to reflect on their own pursuits and those of their friends, family, and neighbors while viewing David Plowden’s Portraits of Work.
Exhibition Now-December 3, 2018
Friday: 5pm-9pm, join us at 7pm for a talk with the Artist, Saturday: 12pm-6pm
424 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Come celebrate the spirit of the season with a high fashion Victorian Masquerade! The evening will include live music, themed parlor games, hors d’oeuvres, a costume contest, and a fashion display featuring Stephanie’s work. The event will take place in the Rouge Ballroom from 6pm-10pm.
755 N. Milwaukee Street
Downtown Milwaukee - The Abstract Eye of Karl Herschede
Juxtaposition and abstraction. These two words come to mind when discussing art and photography, but they rarely come together when talking about architectural photography. With Milwaukee’s buildings spanning over 150 years, showing off architectural details to convey this framework comes more naturally than you’d think.
Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-3pm
163 N. Milwaukee Street
“The world around me inspires my paintings; I try to bring this inspiration to life in my work with a blend of colorful energy and movement, which expresses all that I see and feel. I hope you feel the Celebration of Life from my paintings because that is what I feel when I paint them.” ...Frank
Friday: 5:30pm-9pm, Saturday 12pm-4pm
159 N. Jackson Street, Suite 104
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Cassy Tully - Fine Art, Gallery Night showcases Cassy’s original golf and lifestyle artwork, paintings, prints and collectible gifts. Cassy will personalize her Collector’s Edition hand-painted ornaments and sign Coffee Thoughts: Inspiration Sip by Sip, her book with Elise Cantrell.
Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 10am-2pm
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 604
Explore fine minerals and gemstones from around the globe, with a wide range of impressive sculptures and gorgeous colors, which are sure to please everyone. Crystal forms create decorative pieces and gemstones generate dazzling effects. Knowledgeable and helpful experts will be available during the show, as well as Wednesday-Friday from 12pm-4pm, and by request.
Friday: 4pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-4pm
191 N. Broadway
Take tea with Milwaukee Ballet’s Dracula and his vampire brides at Elements East (Friday evening only!).
Be awed by the floral work of Vicki Kunz of La Tulipe as she adds her creativity to Friday evening and Saturday day.
Art, inspiration, and fright collide in this collaborative space.
Friday: 5pm-9pm (Milwaukee Ballet: 6:30-8:30), Saturday: 10:30am-3pm
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 600
Sara Willadsen’s work deviates from environments and structures to focus on curated, contained objects. By carefully arranging collage materials within specific parameters, she is able to analyze her visual language as well as use this act of simplifying as an agent for clarity.
Exhibition Now-October 20, 2018
Friday: 6pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-4pm
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 218
Contemporary work by emerging and established artists; painting, photography, clay by award-winning artists: Judith Hooks, Bernie Newman, Joanne O’Hare, Martha Coaty, Scott Onsager, Lew Cadkin, Carol Liesenfelder. Live jazz by Keith Watling. Light appetizers and cash bar. Artist applications reviewed Saturdays 1pm-4pm.
Exhibition: October 19-November 30, 2018
Friday: 5pm-10pm, Saturday: 12pm-5pm
320 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 700
With a love of both road trips and Americana, Chris and Katie found a way to create art in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night, for people who simply want something different to hang on their walls.
We travel all over the country to find these unique places. Kinda like paint on a white canvas, we use colored strobes and flashlights on a black one. The REAL art happens beyond the camera, and the REAL story is told as we literally shed light on these magical places that have long since been forgotten. To learn more about The Flash Nites, visit theflashnites.com.
Friday: 5 to 9pm
200 N. Water Street
Multiple artists will display their work including Amy Swanston, a Chicago area artist who paints evocative watercolor house portraits. She will be painting live during the evening. Also featured will be photographer Darrick Sewell, and the creative talents of Hoffman York’s own Lauren Cook and Amanda Wambold.
215 N. Broadway
Lily Pad West provides the finest quality realism, naturalism, impressionism and abstract works of art. With over 200 works of art from 70 distinct artists, the gallery brings quality art from modern contemporary to art reminiscent of 19th century French and Dutch Masters. An artist reception and demonstration will be held for Christopher Pierce, a nationally recognized artist for his figurative, floral, and portrait paintings. The demonstration will be held Saturday from 1:00pm until 3:30pm.
Friday: 5-9pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm
273 E. Erie Street
August 8 - October 20, 2018
MIAD alum Mathew Hintz ’98 (Painting), who died unexpectedly in December 2017, had a passion for motorcycles and transportation design and was one of only a few licensed Harley-Davidson artists worldwide.
October 19 - December 8, 2018
A collaboration between artists LaToya Ruby Frazier and Sandra Gould Ford, this exhibition explores Ford’s work and life. Viewers are exposed to the history, memory and experiences of the industrial working class.
Friday: 5-9pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm
207 E. Buffalo Street
Contemporary gallery with new works created and displayed every Wednesday through Friday 3pm to 6:30pm, Saturday noon to 5pm, and by appointment. Featuring Hal Koenig’s urban and landscape canvases. And guest artist Richard W. Patt’s agrarian landscapes. Exhibition is ongoing.
Friday: 3pm-9pm, Saturday: 12pm-4pm
151 N. Water Street
Orley Shabahang will provide a rare glimpse into the creation of their hand-knotted carpets with a demonstration of their traditional weaving process on a loom right in the Third Ward gallery surrounded by beautiful antiques and their own line of contemporary carpets.
Friday: 5pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm
207 E. Buffalo Street, 5th floor
In a powerful fall exhibition, PSG combines the work of Sharon Kerry-Harlan and Alison Saar. Both artists will be showing recent work involving textiles. Kerry-Harlan’s new body of work, Black Eyed Peas, features several hundred hand-made dolls composed as a wall installation, as well as a series of collaged fabric works. Alison Saar’s new body of prints on vintage textiles focuses on issues of black male and female identity, history and religion. Kerry-Harlan lives in Wauwatosa, WI, and Florida. She has shown her work at many national museums and institutions, with a recent solo exhibition at the Erie Museum in Pennsylvania. Alison Saar, Los Angeles, is internationally known. Her work is in major museum collections across the country.
Exhibition through November 16, 2018
Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm
318 N. Water Street
Evocative art is displayed throughout the Reagan campus reflecting the talents of students enrolled in the IB Visual Arts Department. Come join PyraMax Bank to support the students of Ronald Reagan High School.
309 N. Water Street, Lobby Level
New works from nationally recognized and award-winning Door County artist Margaret Lockwood will be showcased at The Renaissance Gallery. Ms. Lockwood’s large, abstract impressionistic canvases express her emotional attachment to the land and water of Door County, where she has resided for more than two decades. Deep forests, colorful meadows, shimmering water surfaces, skies full of color and movement continue to inspire Margaret as she paints in her Sturgeon Bay studio. The artist will be present at Saturday’s reception.
Exhibition October 19, 2018-January 11, 2019
Friday: 5pm-8 pm, Saturday: 1pm-3pm, Artist Reception
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 200
The Sadler Gallery will feature the Pop Expressionist paintings of Eric Oates. Oates’ work is included in The Milwaukee Bucks Art Collection at Fiserv Forum. Also featured Sasha Kinens. An accomplished and mature artist, her work centers on the female figure. Her paintings are highly atmospheric with a sense of mystery. Please join us. This promises to be an exciting show!
Friday: 5-9pm, Saturday: 11am-4pm
180 N. Broadway
Live music brought to you by DJ artist Brandis “Mr. New York” Frater. Refreshments will be served.
233 N. Milwaukee Street
Mark Mulhern’s figurative paintings, monotypes, and drawings are immersive displays of the human experience. Each expressionistic work encourages the viewer to enter into the realm of the real and imagined, where Mulhern’s gestural figures engage in mundane acts of sipping coffee and walking dogs in a park, to more sumptuous moments of attending lavish parties and strolls through Parisian flea markets.
Exhibition October 19-November 24, 2018
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 11am-4pm
900 S. 5th Street, Suite 102
David Niec’s lifestyle is built upon examining lunar phenomena; being present in a chosen setting over sequential nights. Under the atmosphere aided only by a flashlight, Niec captures these spans of time and space, of wonder and mystery through singular paintings and multiple panel installations.
Exhibition September 28-November 10, 2018
Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm
2435 W. National Avenue
Psychologist Lance Festinger describes “Cognitive Dissonance” as a mental discomfort experienced by holding contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. This exhibition is a juxtaposed representation of two artists’ creations paired together, transporting the viewer out of their comfort zone, provoking a new pattern of thought.
Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm
832 S. 5th Street
Walls and walls of ART at rock bottom prices-everything must go! Paintings, drawings, photographs, assemblages, shadow boxes and more!
Exhibition September 22-November 17, 2018, Saturdays 12pm-5pm
Friday: 5pm – 9pm, Saturday 12pm – 5pm
400 W. Canal Street
Curious how Harley-Davidson transitioned from bicycles to full-fledged motorcycles? Taming the Road in Style details that incredible journey. Our Panorama exhibit shows off large-scale panoramas, before you could take them easily on smartphones! Don’t miss the Engine Wall, artfully displaying 24 examples of Harley-Davidson engines.
500 W. Florida Street
KENKOFOTO started as the counterpart to my video and motion design work. I laid out a few rules for myself at the start of what would be my photo-a-day project I started in 2012: at least one photo a day for a year, no sunsets, no landmarks. Five years and thousands of photos later, I still shoot daily and post to my blog: kenkofoto.tumblr.com This work serves as a personal diary of these past years, and is a reminder of where I’ve been and offers some clues to where I’m going. I consider all these images as experiments, matching photography and graphic design, coupled with a soundtrack of the music I love. Most captions and titles are references to songs and lyrics that appeared to me while these images were being created. Kenkofoto.com Instagram: @kenkofoto
Friday: 5pm to 9pm, Saturday: 11am-4pm
194 S. 2nd Street
A premier framing and printing gallery representing artists of varied mediums. Featuring photography by Robert Popp, jewelry by Dagmara Costello, woodwork by James Bednarski, painting by Dan Duffy, and sculpture by Eduardo.
Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm
839 S. 5th Street
The 26th Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition celebrates life and death while exploring ancestral connections, living expressions of culture and traditions through community altares and artwork by local artists. Opening reception and celebration will take place October 19, 5pm-9pm.
Exhibition October 19-November 17, 2018
Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 12pm-5pm
275 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee painter and sculptor Darron Reed’s low profile belies the mastery he shows of his art. Reed, who tends toward abstracts, will be the featured artist. There will be entertainment and refreshments.
Exhibition October 19-December 14, 2018
Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 12pm-4pm
7105 W. Greenfield Avenue
Cream City Clay, Inc. Pottery School & Studio is representing decorative and functional art and sculpture produced by over a dozen local artists. Come for the art and stay for the live pottery demonstration known as Raku. Open flames meet copper flash and create rainbow glazes.
Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm
310 W. Wisconsin Avenue
The Memories in the Making art program of the Alzheimer’s Association gives those living with dementia the opportunity to express themselves through art. This exhibit consists of 64 paintings with descriptive stories and artist biographies.
Exhibition through October 20, 2018
811 E. Vienna Avenue
Gallery 326 of Flux Design, and the Gathering Place Brewery are teaming up to present: Floating City featuring the artwork of Brandon Minga and other local artists and makers. Highlighted artist Brandon Minga’s work addresses the deconstruction and reconstruction of architectural elements to make the buildings appear as if they are floating into the sky.
Exhibition through October 29, 2018
Friday: 5pm-Midnight, Saturday: 11am-5pm
2775 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Featuring the timeless talent of artist and craftsman Darron Reed and his uniquely creative wall clocks. Along with photographer India McMiller who specializes in portraits of individuals capturing moments of time. Also included is our multimedia artwork called Whale of a Story, which speaks to our concern about our water and environment, our political views, visions, and hopes for the future. Friday’s night entertainment includes exciting live jazz by Rhythm and Blues band Mauree, cultural lecture/discussion and musical excerpts on musician Les McCann, a Jazz/Soul Jazz pianist. Culinary delights will be presented by Pas Da Peas Catering. The event is free and open to the public.
Produced and directed by Marketa Edwards.
Friday: 5:30pm-9pm, Saturday 12pm-2pm
753 N. 27th Street
Creations of the Abyss with Willis Davis Jr, MCFI LIFE Services Highlights the use of recycled resources to create artwork & UWM SARUP Studio’s Plywood Toys & the relationship between kids, play, and architecture. Discussion to be held Saturday at noon with MCFI & Mo Zell, Architecture Chair.
Friday: 5pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm
1800 N. Prospect Avenue
Kenn Kwint describes his paintings as “primitive marks on a sophisticated ground.” He initiates his creative process without any preconceived subject matter and the physically tactile and emotionally charged results testify to his passionate love affair with the act of painting.
Exhibition October 3, 2018-January 19, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm
1422 Vel R. Phillips Avenue
POP CultureJam is the seventh show in the provocative CultureJam MKE series. The all-star artist lineup will provide an entertaining and critical examination of how pop culture is currently shaping the world as we know it.
Exhibition: October 18-November 17, 2018
Friday: 6pm-9pm, Saturday: 10am-3pm