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
During the Great Depression, the Works Projects Administration gave relief to the unemployed and downtrodden. This exhibition surveys the extraordinary work of many WPA artists from our home state, including Schomer Lichtner, Ruth Grotenrath, Elsa Ulbricht, and more.
In our staff-curated Gallery 1SW, an exploration of artists and artworks that embrace the inner child.
Exhibition April 26-July 13, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-5pm
1000 N. Broadway
Join us for a special Gallery Day event! To celebrate the closing of Growing Place: A Visual Study of Urban Farming, Community Building and Restoration, Community Roofing, and Groundwork Milwaukee are hosting a hands-on, learn-to-build day of teaching and sharing at MSOE’s Grohmann Museum. Bring yourself and your kids and learn basic carpentry skills, tool use, and food growing, all while reimagining your expectations for yourself and what you can do with your hands. Projects include vertical garden planters, tool boxes, bird houses, and “little free libraries,” as well as a full-sized wooden canoe to be raffled off at the end of the day.
This is a free event, no experience required, and projects will be geared towards patrons of all ages.
Exhibition through April 28, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 12pm-6pm, Workshop: 1pm-4pm
424 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Meet and greet with the new and eleventh Pfister Artist-in-Residence and a chance to see their new studio space.
1640 N Water Street
Milwaukee-based artist David Mueller draws many influences from his international upbringing. His work seeks to embody a state of flux and finds comfort in the pursuit of order within chaos. Through layers of paint, forms and dreamscapes are excavated to manifest themes of home, domesticity, cultural identity, sloppy magic, and societal conditions. This body of work more specifically deals with the human need to occupy and adorn our space. Stop by for appetizers, refreshments and exquisite work by David Mueller.
130 E. Juneau Avenue
Award-winning photographer Julia Ring’s photographic culmination of a year-long exploration of the new American dream and the mythos of the West; life on the open road, within the pines, atop mountains, beneath red mesas, and the work it takes to make it all possible.
Exhibition April 26-May 18, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm with Appetizers & Music; Saturday: 1pm-3pm
163 N. Milwaukee Street
Anu’s vibrant and versatile paintings offer a glimpse into the beauty and character she sees in the world around her. Each piece brings these perspectives to life on the canvas with self-taught techniques of bold textures and colors.
159 N. Jackson Street, Suite 104
Join Cassy for a special Gallery Night, when she reunites with Heidi Herbst, her high school art teacher. Twenty years later, the inspiration and influence are still felt in Cassy’s sculptural relief paintings and Heidi’s inquisitive children’s portraits. Cassy’s Artist in Residence Mike McArdle will present his Ice Age Trail-inspired art.
Friday: 5pm-8pm; Saturday: 11am-3pm
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 604
Explore fine minerals and gemstones from around the globe, with astounding colors and impressive natural sculptures, which are sure to please everyone. Earth’s beautiful crystal forms decorative displays and gemstones generate awesome effects. Knowledgeable and
helpful experts will be available during the show, as well as Wednesday-Friday 10-4, and by request.
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 12pm-4pm
222 E. Erie Street
Featuring artistic work from DigiCopy employees Friday evening.
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 600
In “Dual Nature,” the works of Tony Conrad and Clint Fulkerson clearly share an affinity to pattern as they reference various complex visual systems inspired by nature both physically and metaphorically. More importantly, the artworks in this exhibition are telling of two artists heavily concerned with process.
Exhibition March 16-May 11, 2019
Friday: 6pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-4pm
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 130, Lobby Level
A contemporary gallery featuring unique paintings and 3D works by multiple artists in a variety of mediums. Open studio for Gallery Night and Day, with live painting on Gallery Day. Exhibition is ongoing with weekly hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 11am to 4pm, Saturdays 12pm to 4pm and by appointment.
Friday: 5pm-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. Artists present Friday and Saturday. Artist applications are reviewed every Saturday. Celebrating our 29th year in July. Open every Saturday 1pm-5pm. Take elevator to the second floor.
Exhibition April 26-June 7, 2019
Friday: 5pm-10pm; Saturday: 12pm-5pm
310 E Buffalo Street
The WDCC presents diverse work from featured members. Artists include: Stephanie Bartz (Photography), Pam Bronk (Leather), Mary Lou Hager (Mixed Media), Janet Hubbard (Jewelry), Jan Jahnke (Printing), Pat Kroth (Fiber), Sheila Miller (Jewelry), Ryan Peters (Ceramics), Susan Richter-O’Connell (Jewelry), Fran Rubinstein (Textiles), Jean Wells (Ceramics).
325 E. Chicago Street, Suite 200
Recent paintings inspired by my love of water. I feel gifted and blessed to have been born on the shores of Lake Michigan. I loosely paint what I see with liberties taken on detail and color. I try not to over complicate—my work is always striving to say more with less. (Curtis is represented by Edgewood Orchard Gallery).
A collection of long exposure photography featuring a blend of landscapes and cityscapes, highlighting the views in and around Milwaukee. Please stop in and view the beautiful works of these two artists, and enjoy appetizers and beverages.
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. A reception and demonstration will be held for a visiting artist. The demonstration will be held Saturday from 1pm to 3:30pm.
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-5pm
273 E. Erie Street
See the innovative work of emerging creative professionals who passionately contribute to the world and meet universal challenges at MIAD’s annual Senior Exhibition. Wisconsin’s largest exhibition of its kind, it features over 100 artists and designers representing all of MIAD’s Bachelor of Fine Arts programs.
Exhibition April 19-May 11, 2019
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
This solo exhibition by Mark Ottens moves from his early Chicago-Imagist influenced work to his current small scale, abstract geometric paintings and recent drawings. Underlying Ottens’ output is a sense of focus and labor. Each composition becomes a symbolic container of the hours, layers, lines and quietude that resulted in its completion. Ottens’ paintings shine as miniature worlds of creative potentiality, little shrines dedicated to the antiquated notion of “lingering.” Mark Ottens completed his MFA in 1995 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his BFA in 1992 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
There will be a free talk at the gallery on Saturday at 2pm, Gallery Day.
Exhibition March 9-April 27, 2019
Friday: 6pm-9pm; Saturday: 12pm-5pm
318 N. Water Street
Evocative art is displayed throughout the Reagan campus reflecting the talents of students enrolled in the lB Visual Arts Department. Come join PyraMax Bank to support the students of Ronald Reagan High School!
309 N. Water Street, Lobby Level
CR Davidson Art is pleased to present new paintings by Door County artist, Ginnie Cappaert. Transending Color showcases large mixed paintings that portray mood and atmosphere of the artist’s envisioned landscapes. The painted surfaces arise from a combination of oil paint, cold wax in 30-40 layers along with a scraping process and rebuilding. Ms. Cappaert uses texture and color to render these serene and unspoiled views of nature. Additional works viewed in the office of CR Davidson Art located on the fifth floor of the Marshall Building.
Exhibition April 26-July 12, 2019
Friday: 5pm-8pm, Artists Reception
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 200
Featuring a new series of oil paintings by Sasha Kinens. Naturalism, an exploration of romance; a depiction of humans, floral and fauna. Also, featured abstracts by Ursula Brenner, landscapes by Jeffery Kohen, and the pop art of Eric Oates. Sadler Gallery features a wide variety of unique custom frames. Come check us out.
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday 11am-4pm
180 N. Broadway
Milwaukee natives and local photographers, Brema (@optic.legacy) and Randy Pralle (@randollaa) showcase some of their best photos from their respective styles. Live music by DJ Brandis Frater (@mrnewyorkparty). Refreshments will be served.
239 E. Chicago Street
Sweet Diner will feature Realtor® and other artists. Donated works from each participating artist will be available in a silent auction benefitting the Realtors® Youth Foundation to award grants for the arts, social services, and education.
233 N. Milwaukee Street
Wisconsin artist Charles Munch’s vividly imagined paintings explore the complex relationship between humans, animals, and the natural world. Eliminating extraneous details, Munch expresses emotion through color, line, and shape. His paintings of simplified forms, pulsing with life and color, create dramatic scenes of man and animal, friend and foe.
Opening Reception: Gallery Night, Friday, April 26 from 6 to 9pm
Exhibition April 19-June 1, 2019
Friday: 6pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-4pm
900 S. 5th Street, Suite 102
This new body of work by Tara Bogart explores her physical condition and creative perspective through flawed digital captures and rediscovered archaic techniques. Now residing in Paris and in her 50s, Bogart is beginning to move beyond what she has left behind and embrace what she has found.
Exhibition April 26-June 8, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am-5pm
500 S. 3rd Street
Multidisciplinary artists transform The Chef’s Table restaurant into a gallery paired with live music, an innovative cocktail list, and complimentary light hors d’oeuvres.
832 S. 5th Street
Mundane Wonder features playful experiments, sketches, and material explorations by artists Nirmal Raja, Riley Niemack, and Erin Bolte. Grounding their work in the wonders of daily experience, these multiple small works offer glimpses into the subconscious and the intuitive.
Exhibition March 22-May 11, 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.
839 S. 5th Street
Electric Eclectic is a non-juried group show of 18 seasoned photographers that promises to be the most unusual photographic exhibition. Opening reception will take place April 26th 5pm-9pm, exhibit runs through May 25, 2019. Also, body of work from Featured Member Congh Lopez will be on view through July 5, 2019.
Exhibition April 26 – May 25, 2019
310 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Karl Peterson is a martial arts instructor. Since 1974, he has practiced Praying Mantis Kung Fu, a style well-known for its effectiveness at fighting off multiple assailants. Karl began martial arts at the Kung Fu Academy on Sherman Blvd. He then moved to Alton, IL and was accepted by Master Sean Cochran at Wah Lum Kung Fu temple. He studied under the tutelage of Master Cahn Pai, sixth generation successor of the Wah Lum, (Wresting Hands). As an exhibition team member, Karl performed “Two-Man” form of broadsword for the Ohio Public School System as well as in St Louis for business openings. He also worked in the Milwaukee Public School’s summer program and has had his own studio in Milwaukee.
Between E. Ivanhoe and E. Kenilworth
Black Cat Alley is Milwaukee’s largest free outdoor gallery, and we’re excited to be a part of Gallery Night and Day with our new Black Cat After Dark Series. Music, libations, and art further enliven this outstanding muraled alley in the heart of the East Side.
Friday: 6pm-11pm; Black Cat Alley is open year-round.
2775 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
This Gallery Night we are proud to embrace our youth and inspire their talents towards success with the assistance of our prolific featured artist Jerry Butler of Madison who has taught art to thousands of kids - from elementary to graduate students. He has shown work in galleries, schools, and on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. He’s been an administrator, an illustrator, and a muralist. Dr. Butler has a PhD in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison arts administration at Madison Area Technical College (now Madison College), where he worked for 13 years.
Ms. Edwards, the Gallery’s director, who has been titled “Lady Renaissance of Arts and Culture of Dr. King Drive,” reached out to Dr. Butler to help encourage youth in developing and building confidence in their art work, and to become aware of their career potential. He offered his expertise to our youth and emerging artists, including schools in the Harambee, Bronzeville, and other communities to exhibit their work at the gallery.
Friday’s night entertainment will include live jazz music by Larry Moore (sax), MRS. FUN, and spoken word and youth entertainment. Culinary delights by Pas Da Peas Catering. The event is open to the public.
Friday: 5:30pm-9pm; Saturday: 12pm-2pm
753 N. 27th Street
MIAD Studio Work: Process From Start to Finish. Students present work exhibiting the process of collaborative temporary public art & UWM SAY IT LOUD - NOMAS initiative to showcase minority architects throughout multiple stages of their professional careers.
Exhibition Gallery Night and Day and by appointment through June 11
Friday: 5pm-8pm; Saturday: 10am-4pm
1037 W. McKinley Avenue
No Studios is a destination for creatives in the Pabst Brewery Complex with gallery space on first floor and rooftop. For April Gallery Night, NO Studios will present a group show curated by Monica Miller, featuring the work of Skully Gustafson, Nirmal Raja, and Nina Ghanbarzadeh.
Friday: 6pm-9pm; Saturday: 10am-4pm
1800 N. Prospect Avenue
Dazzling. Of all the adjectives that might describe Robin Jebavy’s large paintings, dazzling would be perfect. She takes mundane, everyday glass vessels and plates and renders them in an ethereal kaleidoscope of form, light, and color. Her inspiration is equally complex: on a formal level they pay homage to historic 17th Century Dutch still life painting, as well as stained glass windows in cathedrals. Informally, their spectacularly immersive and intriguing compositions invoke a sense of wonder whereupon everyday objects transcend themselves to become something greater than the sum of their parts.
Open and free to the public daily 10am-5pm.
Thursday, April 25 - 5:45pm opening reception; 6:30pm artist talk
Friday: 5pm-9pm, refreshments; Saturday: 10am-5pm, refreshments.
1635 W. St. Paul Avenue
On Belonging is a collaboration between Milwaukee-born artist Lois Bielefeld and Chennai-born artist Nirmal Raja. This multimedia exhibition brings together ideas on identity, place, and history while asking the viewer to confront their own perceptions. What does it mean to call a place home? What does it mean to belong?
Exhibition now through May 31, 2019
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday: 10am-2pm