July 20 & 21, October 19 & 20, 2018

Fridays: 5 to 9pm*Saturdays: 10am to 4pm*

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!

Plein Air Painting Competition Returns for July Gallery Night and Day

Embodying an art form created by French impressionists, plein air painters from around Wisconsin will leave their studios and paint “in the open air” capturing the life and vitality of Milwaukee’s most distinctive neighborhood.

You’re invited to watch the artists as they create July 14 through July 20. Step outside and you’ll find them in various picturesque locations throughout the Historic Third Ward.

New this year - you can be part of the fun with one of these breakout events! Find all the information here.

Find Parking in the Third Ward

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.

Future Gallery Night and Day Events

July 20 & 21, 2018  | October 19 & 20, 2018
January 18 & 19, 2019 | April 26 & 27, 2019

*Venues set their own hours for the event, so be sure to check with specific venues for details.

Our Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this great community event, we'd love to hear from you. Contact Ruth Lawson at the Historic Third Ward Association today.

For Additional Information


East Town Participants

  • Cathedral of St. John
  • 802 N. Jackson Street
  • Heart to Art
  • This dynamic exhibition of passion and diversity has brought the many artists from the League of Milwaukee Artists together. LMA is one of the leading art organizations in the area. Outstanding art showcasing their love of art through multiple mediums.
  • Exhibition July 12-August 24, 2018
  • Friday: 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Chroma @ The North End
  • 1500 N. Milwaukee Street
  • Jeff Redmon Art
  • Jeff Redmon is a prolific artist who is known for creating distinctive abstract paintings. His work has been shown in many galleries and businesses, such as Boys & Girls Club, Discovery World, and Black Cat Alley.
  • Friday: 6pm-9pm
  • David Barnett Gallery
  • 1024 E. State Street
  • Tom Shelton: The Fruits of Analysis
  • Presenting his newest work, large-scale paintings of fruit and minimalist Op-art drawings, plus earlier paintings of nature. Shelton creates analytical artworks that are innovative and visually captivating- a hybrid of science and art. Shelton is included in the collection at Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
  • Exhibition July 20-October 13, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm


  • Giving Gallery: Community in Process
  • 805 E. Mason Street
  • Giving Gallery: Community in Process
  • The Giving Gallery harnesses the power of visual art to celebrate 25 years of nonprofit impact and community engagement. Showcasing 17 extraordinary artists whose original pieces of art honor 25 nonprofit organizations that represent the best of us.
  • Exhibition now through June 2019
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm


  • Grohmann Museum
  • 1000 N. Broadway
  • Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography
  • Wally Abbey’s voice is essential in telling the story of American railroading in the latter half of the twentieth century. As a journalist, author, historian, and railroad industry communications executive, he helped a wide variety of constituency groups understand and appreciate what was omnipresent in the nation’s life: a world of locomotives, passenger trains, big-city terminals, small-town depots, along with the hundreds of thousands of people who call themselves railroaders. His command of the subject had roots in his early years as an apprentice railroader and a young reporter, experiences that would inform all his later work in magazines, books, and corporate communications. The Center for Railroad Photography & Art and the Grohmann Museum at the Milwaukee School of Engineering have collaborated to present this exhibition, which features dozens of outstanding photographs from the Center’s Abbey Collection.
  • Exhibition May 11-August 19, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 1pm-3pm


  • The Pfister Hotel
  • 424 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Artist in Residence: Stephanie Schultz
  • Join Stephanie Schultz for an evening of art at The Pfister Hotel and discover how she uses fashion design to fuse past and present. Guests are invited to browse the Makers Market, where more than 20 artists will display and demonstrate their works. Plus, enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar.
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Reception 9pm-11pm


  • Sculpture Milwaukee
  • Wisconsin Avenue-Northwestern Mutual Gardens to 6th St.
  • Sculpture Milwaukee is a unique, free, outdoor urban sculpture experience located in the heart of Milwaukee. For the second year, Wisconsin Avenue is embellished with 21 world-class sculptures. From art connoisseurs to school children to office workers, the ambitious installation aims to spark imaginations.
  • Exhibition June 1-October 21, 2018
  • Always Open


  • Spectrum Salon and Rozga Funeral Planning Center
  • 226 E. Mason Street
  • Chris Sommerfelt Watercolors
  • Chris’s vivid watercolors depict both the intimate landscape and the broader view; with florals and other artistic experimentation. chrissommerfelt.com
  • Exhibition July 3-September 29, 2018, during salon hours
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 1pm-4pm


  • Village Church Arts Gallery
  • 130 E. Juneau Avenue
  • Villager’s Midsummer Art
  • A variety of media celebrating the summer solstice. Summer BBQ Appetizers & Live Music by Trio de Janeiro.
  • Exhibition July 20-August 15, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 1pm-3pm
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Historic Third Ward Participants

  • Aurora Health Center - Third Ward
  • 163 N. Milwaukee Street
  • Dave Watkins: Fresh Perspectives
  • with Aurora Cosmetic Surgery Services
  • Dave’s abstract paintings are created with fields of color, layers, and brush strokes. These honed techniques collide on every piece, bringing a fresh perspective to the surface. The artist will be on hand Friday and Saturday. realabstract.com
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm


  • Broadway Paper
  • 191 N. Broadway
  • Jeff Trendel
  • Jeff Trendel is making his annual appearance this summer at Broadway Paper. Trendel is part of a new trend of environmentally conscious artists sometimes referred to as eco-artists. All the wood used in his woodturnings is cut in urban areas under permit from the local municipalities of the Florida Keys. This is done with no damage to the fragile ecosystem of the Florida Keys. His eco-friendly bowls and vessels are made with rare
  • tropical wood such as Cuban Mahogany, Red Mahoe, Jamaica Dogwood, Bustic, Mastic, Buttonwood, Womans Tongue, Wild Tamarind and many others from south Florida.
  • Friday: 11am-9pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm


  • Chrysalis Boutique
  • 207 E. Buffalo Street #604
  • Sculpted by Nature
  • Gorgeous colors meet beautiful forms in rare mineral specimens from around the world. Crystal forms create fine natural sculptures and decorative pieces. Outstanding cut gemstones create dazzling effects. Knowledgeable and helpful experts will be available during the show, as well as Tuesday through Friday from 9am-4pm, and by request.
  • Friday: 4pm-9pm, Saturday: 12pm-4pm


  • Cornerstone Realtors
  • 153 N. Milwaukee Street
  • Jake Nordstrum
  • Cornerstone Realtors is proud to feature the artwork of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Bachelor of Arts graduate Jake Nordstrum. Nordstrum’s artwork has been described as “dynamic,” “raw,” and “striking.” His pieces can be found in private collections around the world. Come and experience the depth and creativeness Nordstrum’s work has to offer in both small and large scale abstract paintings.
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm


  • Elements East
  • 191 N. Broadway
  • Floral Installation and Flower Bar
  • We welcome Vicki Kuntz, Principal and Creative Director of La Tulipe to our Gallery Night! Vicki will design an amazing floral installation in the spirit of Elements East, as well as host a Flower Bar. Learn how to create your own stunning floral arrangement!
  • Friday: 6pm-9pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm


  • Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc.
  • 333 E. Chicago Street
  • EUArt
  • Going beyond the concepts of the built environment, this exhibit will showcase the artistic talents and creativity of EUA architects and designers. Stop by to view featured works created by EUA employees as they bring their artistry to different mediums beyond architectural design.
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm


  • Frank Juarez Gallery
  • 207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 600
  • The Book Club: What Would We Do with Lynne Tillman?
  • Using What Would Lynne Tillman Do? as an instigator, Peter Beck, Lois Bielefeld, Melissa Dorn, Jaymee Harvey Willms, and Kate Schaffer explore domesticity within the gallery. This wholistic installation is an experiment in group dynamics and addresses complexity in a made and experienced world.
  • Exhibition July 20-September 1, 2018
  • Friday: 6pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-4pm


  • Gallery 218
  • 207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 218
  • 28th Anniversary Exhibition
  • Celebrating 28 years! Contemporary work by emerging and established artists. Modern painting, photography, clay, award-winning exhibiting artists: Judith Hooks, Bernie Newman, Joanne O’Hare, Martha Coaty, Scott Onsager, Lew Caokin, Carol Lisenfelder. Live jazz by Keith Watling. Cash bar and appetizers. Artist applications in all media reviewed Saturdays 1pm-5pm.
  • Exhibition July 20-September 2, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-10pm, Saturday: 12pm-5pm


  • Historic Pritzlaff
  • 143 W. St. Paul Avenue
  • Current work by a group of low flying MIAD alum and compatriot outsiders who meet in gritty locations to create art focused on figurative, words, and the softer edge of taboo. Come in the flesh to view skin heavy art. Live music by Vitrolum Republic.
  • Friday: 6pm-12am


  • Lily Pad Gallery West
  • 215 N. Broadway
  • Lily Pad West provides the finest quality realism, naturalism, impressionism, and abstract works of art. With over 135 works of art from 55 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 Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm.
  • Friday: 5pm-9 pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm



  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
  • 273 E. Erie Street
  • 2018 MIAD Juried Senior Exhibition
  • Frederick Layton Gallery
  • This is an annual exhibit featuring some of the best art and design works of this year’s Senior Exhibition, as chosen by faculty.
  • Exhibition June 2 – August 4, 2018
  • Animals in Space: A Collective Memoir
  • Brooks Stevens Gallery
  • Through a mixture of media, emerging artists Malika Mukhari, Anna Foran, Zoe Greenham, Natasha Mijares and Rebecca Nakaba investigate similarities and differences between humans and animals in processing information, material and memory, as well as explore the relationships to space for humans and animals.
  • Exhibition June 30-July 28, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Brooks Stevens Gallery
  • Join the curators and artists of the Animals in Space exhibition at MIAD for a romantic informative ghost sunset walk. We will be transposing stories and ideas from the exhibition to nearby locations.
  • Friday: 6:30pm-8:25pm


  • OIL, a city gallery
  • 207 E. Buffalo Street
  • Urban + Agrarian Landscapes
  • Contemporary gallery with new works created and displayed every Wednesday through Friday 3 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-10pm, Saturday: 12pm-5pm


  • Portrait Society Gallery
  • 207 E. Buffalo Street, 5th floor
  • This summer, Portrait Society Gallery is pleased to present a two-part exhibition focusing on concepts of home.
  • Homely (Part One), assembles four Madison-area artists with diverse formal approaches but a common interest in domestic themes: Tim Brenner, Tracy Cirves, Rebecca Kautz, Emily Rudolph.
  • Exhibition June 8 to July 21, 2018
  • Homely (Part Two) will present a series of images of Milwaukee evictions taken by moving companies as required documents for the sheriff’s office as well as Lois Bielefeld’s “Weeknight Dinner” series that looks into American homes and the diverse ways we gather for evening meals. A third component will present Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photojournalist Angela Peterson’s images from the newspaper’s concurrent series by writer Erin Richards on unstable housing conditions and the impact on local schools.
  • Reception: 3 to 5pm Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Exhibition July 28-September 1, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm


  • The Renaissance Gallery
  • 309 N. Water Street, Lobby Level
  • Made in Milwaukee Revisited
  • Twenty-five years ago the Milwaukee Art Museum curated an exhibit of original lithographs by well-established Wisconsin artists printed by John Gruenwald of the Gruenwald Press. Art collector and artist benefactor, Robert Ivens, purchased many of the prints over the years; CR Davidson Art is pleased to showcase an assortment of his collection. This exhibition features the art of William Nichols, John Colt, Schomer Lichtner, Ruth Kjaer, Linda Plotkin, John Gruenwald, Jill Sebastian, Guido Brink and others. Additional artworks are available for viewing in the CR Davidson Art office (Marshall Building – 207 East Buffalo Street – Suite 524) by appointment, special event or chance.
  • Exhibition July 20 - October 12, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-8pm


  • Sneex
  • 180 N. Broadway
  • Brandis “Mr. New York” Frater
  • Featuring DJ artist Brandis “Mr. New York” Frater Friday evening. Refreshments will be served. Join us Saturday morning for coffee and doughnuts from our local neighbors: Holey Moley Doughnuts.
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 9am-1pm


  • Splash Studio: a painting bar
  • 184 N. Broadway
  • Abstraction
  • Splash Studio’s talented team of local artists presents Abstraction, a new group gallery exhibit featuring shapes, colors, and forms. Join us for an opening reception with drink specials on Friday.
  • Exhibition July 20-October 1, 2018
  • Friday: 6pm-9pm


  • Tory Folliard Gallery
  • 233 N. Milwaukee Street
  • 30th Anniversary Exhibition
  • Celebrating its 30th year in business, the Tory Folliard Gallery presents the 30th Anniversary exhibition, the biggest event of the year showcasing artwork by the Gallery's many talented painters, sculptors, and photographers who have made this occasion possible. Over 110 exciting new works by the Gallery's 65 artists will be included in the exhibition.
  • Exhibition July 13-September 8, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-4pm
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Walker's Point/South Participants

  • The Alice Wilds
  • 900 S. 5th Street, Suite 102
  • Kyle Seis: The Surface of a Stone is Always in Motion
  • This exhibition presents a series of new works by Kyle Seis that approach photography as a kind of digital alchemy. In his images, geological elements are layered and rearranged to reveal that all that is solid can be turned to dust and reimagined.
  • Exhibition June 22-August 4, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm


  • Paliafito Eco-Arts Park
  • Corners of 3rd and Walker Street
  • Gallery Night in the Park!
  • Join us for one-night art festival in Paliafito Eco-Arts Park, featuring Abraxis - a local favorite Santana Tribute Band! Live music, pop up art galleries, family-friendly activities, and food and drinks will be available. The Arts @ Large gallery (908 S. 5th Street) will serve as our secondary location in case of rain.
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm


  • Camino
  • 434 S. 2nd Street
  • The Works of Saebra Laken 
  • Saebra Laken’s paintings are vivid, fluid explorations of duality. Occultism, feminism and liberation flow through her work, seeping into dark corners and brilliant colors.
  • Friday: 5pm-10pm


  • Cannedbeatz Art Space (formerly AlphaBang! Art Space)
  • 2435 W. National Avenue
  • Celebrate Freedom: Commemorating Juneteeth Day
  • Cannedbeatz Art Space is commemorating the announcement with an art exhibition entitled "Celebrate Freedom" where the accolades of African-Americans will be depicted through the visual arts. Numerous artists will depict their celebration of freedom through various styles and mediums.
  • Exhibition June 15-July 21, 2018
  • Friday: 6pm-9pm, Saturday: 12pm-2pm


  • The Grove Gallery
  • 832 S. 5th Street
  • strong>Arthur Thrall: Musical Prints and Choreographic Drawings
  • The late Arthur Thrall was a master engraver, etcher, and printmaker. His free use of musical notation, calligraphic lines, and inventive printing techniques produced playful works of musical and choreographic abstraction.
  • Friday: 5pm–9pm, Saturday: 12pm–4pm
  • Harley-Davidson Museum
  • 400 W. Canal Street
  • The Engine Wall
  • The H-D Museum is proud to announce its all-new Engine Wall is currently on display. Designed for performance and styled for appearance, the H-D Museum’s new Engine Wall artfully displays 24 examples from the major engine families that Harley-Davidson has engineered over its 115-year history.
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm


  • The Iron Horse Hotel
  • 500 W. Florida Street
  • Rock n’ Roll Legends
  • July Gallery Night will feature “Rock n’ Roll Legends,” an exhibit of original oil paintings by Timo Gallery artist Tim Meyerring. These large-scale portraits are based on licensed photography by noted rock n’roll photographers. The show will feature works of Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Jimmy Page. The mostly 60”x60” oil on canvas pieces reflect a bright, bold and almost psychedelic color palette, including metallic silver and gold. Some have been commissioned by local collectors, others created expressly for this show and available for purchase.
  • Friday: 4pm-10pm


  • R&R Art Galleries
  • 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


  • Walker’s Point Center for the Arts
  • 839 S. 5th Street
  • Creative Discoveries
  • "Creative Discoveries" features artwork produced by youth during our 2018 Summer Art Camp. Various mediums including video installations, fiber arts, ceramics, performance art and sculpture showcase youth perspectives on the topics of community and identity. This 6th Annual Youth Art Exhibit will include a theater performance at 5:30pm on July 20th. This exhibit runs through August 10th.
  • Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm
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Around Town Participants

  • Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique
  • 275 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Fresh Faces
  • Young, emerging artists will be showcased. They include Natalia Virafuentes of Chicago (painting and drawing); and Christina Roeder (painting), Tereesa Sellhausen (painting and ceramics), Jeff Brown (architecture, painting and graphic design), and Verinia Glass (illustration and portraiture), all of Milwaukee. Glass, who is curating the exhibit, will dolive sketching along with famed Milwaukee muralist Reynaldo Hernandez and his artist daughter Rozalia Singh. Also on display will be trees forged from metal by Milwaukee sculptor and welder James Binnamin. The artists will talk. MC Grendyll Ward will perform. Refreshments will be served.
  • Exhibition July 20-September 7, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 12pm-4pm


  • King Drive Commons Gallery and Studio
  • 2775 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
  • Mercy, Mercy, Me: What About Our Ecology?
  • People all over the planet are concerned! This exhibit explores some of these concerns through various artworks from individuals throughout the community. Their works are inspired and taught by three artists: Martina Patterson (Fiberart) Gina Jorgensen (Teacher/ Activist), and Alysha Wilson (Studio/Graphic art). Titled Mercy, Mercy, Me, is a musical video produced by Greg Adams, a polyinstrumentalist and videographer that explores the impact of humankind’s insensitivity to our ecology. Presented from the mindset that we are each like threads closely woven together and what we do effects us all. Entertainment includes live jazz and R&B from the ‘70s to current by MAUREE, spoken word performed by Still Waters Collective, and refreshments and culinary delights by B.R. Smiths Catering. Exhibit produced and curated by Marquita Edwards. Exhibit is sponsored by the Martin Luther King Economic Development Inc. and the Bader Philanthropies.
  • Friday: 5:30pm-9pm, Saturday: 12pm-2pm
  • Mobile Design Box
  • 753 N. 27th Street
  • Two solo exhibitions at the Mobile Design Box : Evelyn Patricia Terry and UWM Studio
  • "Mass Matters"
  • Evelyn Patricia Terry's “America: Guests Who Came To Dinner (and Stayed)” combines her doll collection, drawings and essay. UWM Studio “Mass Matters” focuses on using thermodynamics as the primary driver of design. Models, drawings and samples available. Presenters will speak from 11am to 12pm together on Saturday.
  • Exhibition July 20-October 5, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm


  • RedLine Milwaukee
  • 1422 N. 4th Street
  • Timeline 2018
  • Timeline is an exciting exhibition which reflects on the past year of work by all of the RedLine Milwaukee artists in residence. These artists explore various media and disciplines while they comment on subject matter that is important to them.
  • Exhibition July 20-August 25, 2018
  • Friday: 5pm-9pm, Saturday: 10am-3pm
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