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.
1024 E. State Street
In a divisive time, it is important to remember what connects us all. This exhibition celebrates the connections shared by all humans: milestones of life and death including birth, coming-of-age, and marriage. The gallery’s extensive collection of African art, artifacts from around the world, and contemporary artworks are curated side-by-side to explore a common global humanity.
Gallery 1SW, our staff-curated pop-up exhibition space, presents a selection of art exploring conceptions of home.
Exhibition: January 18-April 20, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-5pm
2201 N Farwell Avenue
Galerie Kenilworth, located in Milwaukee’s resurging East Side, is a contemporary space highlighting the talents of local, national, and international emerging artists.
Exhibition: January 19–March 31, 2019
Friday: 6pm-9pm; Saturday: 1pm-5pm
1000 N. Broadway
Using Milwaukee as its anchor study, Growing Place: A Visual Study of Urban Farming seeks to shed new light on the past, present, and future of growing food in cities. Here, the legacy of Growing Power looms large: for over 25 years the non-profit organization influenced the efforts of urban farmers in such disparate cities as Detroit, New Orleans, and even Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Yet the farm’s 2017 closing created the space for new actors to emerge and push urban farming in new and innovative directions. This exhibition visually documents this process of evolution as it simultaneously takes stock of the history that makes such developments possible.
Exhibition: January 18-April 28, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 12pm-6pm
229 E Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 904
Photographer Jessica Kaminski celebrates her 40th birthday by showing a retrospective of her work from her college days in the late ‘90s through contemporary works like The Milwaukee Beard Book.
Ryan Manske will showcase cinematic drone videography and photography of familiar cityscapes seen from a unique vantage point.
Exhibition: January 18 and 19, or by appointment through March 31, 2019
Friday: 6pm-9pm; Saturday 1pm-4pm
130 E. Juneau Avenue
Award-winning 17-year old photographer, Brienz Ottman, captures political and social images from her travels bringing new perspectives from small town America to cosmopolitan Europe.
Prize-winning photos from Dar AI - Kalima University College of Arts & Culture.
Friday: 5pm-9pm with Appetizers & Music; Saturday: 1pm-3pm
159 N. Jackson Street, Suite 104
Signed copies of Angel Thoughts: Inspiration Peace by Peace, Cassy’s newest book with Elise Cantrell, will be available, along with her original paintings, prints, and gifts. Meet her artist-in-residence, Mike McArdle, whose art advocates for the Wisconsin Ice Age Trail Alliance. Open Gallery Night and by appointment.
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 604
Explore from around the globe fine minerals and gemstones, with astounding colors and impressive natural sculptures, which are sure to please everyone. Crystal forms create decorative displays and gemstones generate dazzling effects. Knowledgeable and helpful experts will be available during the show, as well as Wednesday-Friday 12-4, and by request.
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 12pm-4pm
191 N. Broadway
Join Elements East for a night of libations, visiting vendors, and Asian treasures.
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 600
This exhibition brings artists Alison Ruttan and David Najib Kasir to collectively bring their sculptures and paintings to convey the turmoil of Syria in chaotic conflict. Kasir introduces the viewer to the bloodied and tired people and their shattered families, Ruttan invites you to the homes they abandoned with the ghosts of loved ones lost within the ruins.
Exhibition: January 12-March 9, 2019
Friday: 6pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-4pm
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 218
Contemporary art gallery features works by emerging and established award-winning artists. Clay, painting, photography, printmaking, and mixed media works by Judith Hooks, Bernie Newman, JoAnne O’Hare, Martha Coaty, Scott Onsager, Lew Cadkin, Carol Liesenfelder, Kim Lyon. Live jazz by Keith Watling. Light appetizers and cash bar. Take elevator to the 2nd floor. Artists present Friday and Saturday. Artists applications are reviewed every Saturday. Celebrating our 29th year in July. Open every Saturday 1-5pm.
Friday: 5pm-10pm; Saturday: 12pm-5pm
310 E Buffalo Street
The WDCC presents diverse work from featured members. Artists include: John Bowers (Ceramics), Lynn Chevrier (Jewelry), Heather Eiden (Mixed Media), Jan Falk (Fiber), Tom Guell (Ceramics), Patricia Heller (Weaving), Craig Henry (Wood), Jef Raasch (Sculpture), Pam Sable (Jewelry), Carey Suneja (Bookbinding), Lana Vosk (Fiber), Leanne Wooten (Mosaics).
342 N Water Street, Suite 600
Coloring Your Potential is a series of oil paintings on canvas enlarged from the coloring book created by Ernesto Atkinson intended as a practical art therapy directive from his local private practice, Integration Healing Alivio Integral. In collaboration with his wife, Jenny Urbanek, both artists communicate with a distinct, vibrant, and complex visual language that represents a response to the art therapy directive and their experience in the process of art making.
Friday: 5pm-8pm; Saturday: 10am-3pm
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 Saturday from 1:00pm until 3:30pm.
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-5pm
273 E. Erie Street
Now - March 2, 2019
Brooks Stevens Gallery
Besides being useful or beautiful, what should designed objects do? Spectacular Vernacular takes you on a journey through observation, experimentation and speculation.
January 18 - March 19, 2019
Frederick Layton Gallery
The paintings, drawings and other installations from nine artists of diverse heritage and artistic backgrounds invite viewers to examine how multiculturalism and navigating different social norms affects them.
Friday: 5pm-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
207 E. Buffalo Street, 5th floor
Contemporary painter Steve Burnham turned to the genre of portraiture several years ago while maintaining his interest in gesture and process. This new body of work bumps into art history while carrying contemporary references. With a bit of irony, the series of 20 x 16 inch mixed media paintings courts uncertainty, contingency, social critique and humor. Each painting feels like an experiment of image making with the series reading almost sequentially.
LaNia Sproles, a 2017 MIAD graduate known for her cut paper pieces, has created a new series of drawings for this show. The figures in her work seek refuge in insufficient dream lands. Notions of Eden are playfully infested by oppressive realities. Both artists seek visual pleasure amid the challenging madness of contemporary life.
Exhibition through February 3, 2019
Friday: 6pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-5pm
309 N. Water Street, Lobby Level
A curated retrospective exhibition of original lithographs and drawings by nationally recognized artist, John L. Doyle will be showcased at The Renaissance Gallery. For over a decade, Doyle and his printer - collaborator worked to create a series of prints based upon the historical themes of humankind: medicine, religion, warriors, builders, counselors, merchants. Some rare original study drawings will be shown along with ceramic tiles and the lithographs.
Friday: 5pm-8 pm; Saturday: 1pm-3pm, Artists Reception
226 N Water Street
Royal Enfield motorcycles have invoked passion to inspire art and design since 1901. Come and see local artists and designers display their passion for Moto art and design. We’ll also have live art, as well as give people a chance to participate in a bit of tank design and painting. And of course, lots of cool motorcycles to inspire everyone, riders and non-riders alike.
Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-5pm
233 N. Milwaukee Street
Craig Blietz’s impressive new work, Herd, combines beautifully rendered cows with abstract images of agricultural icons of barns, corn stalks, and tractors, resulting in boldly patterned compositions of shapes and colors. The artist’s monumental paintings display recognizable Wisconsin scenes, giving each work a distinct sense of place. A Gallery Talk will be held at 1:30 pm on February 9th with Craig Blietz, and Graeme Reid, the Director of Collections and Exhibitions from the Museum of Wisconsin Art.
Exhibition January 18 – February 2, 2019
Friday 5pm-9pm; Saturday 11am-4pm
900 S. 5th Street, Suite 102
Daniel McCullough’s work investigates the atmosphere of place through chance-based approaches to photography. Using physical manipulations within the unseen space behind the camera’s lens McCullough suspends our expected experience of the photographic to explore possible meanings that exist in the unseeable space between subjects and photographs.
Exhibition: January 18-March 2, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-5pm
832 S. 5th Street
“Breakers & Bastards” (2012-2018), is a collection of experiments and departures on unusual subjects by type designer and visual artist, Jim Ford. The works combine Ford’s sense of humor with layers of paint, image transfers, assemblage, collage, and typography to poke fun at modern culture. Artist reception January 12, 6pm-9pm.
Exhibit: January 12-February 28, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 12pm-5pm
400 W. Canal Street
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia a visit to the H-D Museum is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
500 W. Florida Street
Natalja was born in Latvia. She moved to Milwaukee 14 years ago where she lives with her daughter and biggest inspiration, Yana. Natalja has always loved art in all forms. She specializes in abstract paintings. Her passion is using art to help others and create joy. Her paintings are inspired by the array of life experiences and real emotions that real people go through. Her own life experience as a self-made woman, mother, and immigrant contribute to her own unique style.
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday 10am-4pm
839 S. 5th Street
Tierra Herida is a panorama of contemporary printmaking in the Americas - 41 artists from 17 countries explore the theme of mining from colonial times to the present. Opening reception January 18th 5pm-9pm. Also, body of work from Featured Member Jeff Morin will be on view.
Exhibition: January 8-March 9, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 12pm-5pm
310 W. Wisconsin Avenue
ZIP MKE debuts at 310W with nearly 50 photographs chronicling the diverse faces, places, and experiences of Milwaukee. Its mission is to celebrate all 28 ZIP codes in the city, engage and connect neighborhoods, and expand social perspectives by diminishing preconceived assumptions.
Exhibition through February 1, 2019
2775 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
In celebration of our tenth year anniversary and in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday we are starting this new year with artist Bashir Malik a multi-talented designer, painter and craftsman. He will exhibit various styles of folk art, his painting series titled, “Grandmother’s Stories” inspired by his grandmother’s remembrance of events during her lifetime. His works reflect themes of slave ships, free cotton, jazz music her admiration of children double-dutch jump roping, reflecting a time when children could play freely. He also shows his techniques using recyclable objects to create pictures. In addition, artist and craftsman Darron Reed will show his uniquely timeless creative wall clocks. A film presentation on how the artistic portrayal of Jim Crow symbolism influenced the attitudes and behavior of Whites and African Americans which also had an impact on the Civil Rights Movement. Our multimedia artwork called “Whale of a Story,” which speaks to our concern about our ecology water and relationships, our political views, visions, and hopes for the future is also on view. Friday’s night entertainment includes exciting live jazz by Sam Belton Jazz Experience, and songstress Nerissa. 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
Community Artist: Iris Acevedo “Your One of a Kind” A fashion narrative about identity, healing and restoration.
UWM Architecture Studio: In Situ “Small is beautiful.” Exploring the aesthetic power of small-scale architectural interventions.
Exhibition January 18 through March 2019
Friday: 5pm-8pm; Saturday 10am-4pm
1037 W. McKinley Avenue
Experience Milwaukee’s newest collaborative workspace and entertainment venue where artist and art lovers come together. Browse a wide selection of art and gifts from local artists. Enjoy live music and refreshments.
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: Noon-4pm
1422 Vel R. Phillips Avenue
Award-winning artist David I. Schaefer will be featured in the gallery. A Wisconsin master of color and texture, he creates densely complex surfaces. Taking inspiration from nature his pieces provoke a simple calming sense of awe and beauty.
Exhibition: January 11 - 26, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 10am-3pm
1800 N. Prospect Avenue
From a wild assortment of antiques, toys, tools, and assorted visually engaging objects, Wauwatosa artist Peter Dahlke creates mixed media assemblages that delight and engage. While modest in scale, the two dozen works on view reveal an artist whose imagination is enormously lively and provocative.
Exhibition January 17-April 16, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm, refreshments; Saturday: 10am to 5pm, refreshments.
Open and free to the public daily 10am-5pm
1635 W. St. Paul Avenue
Located in the state-of-the-art 1635 Building, The Warehouse invites you to view our inaugural exhibition, Concentrations. Presenting themes from the permanent collection, works on exhibit range from monotypes to photographs to contemporary craft and feature recognized local, national, and international artists.
Exhibition through February 8, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 10am-2pm