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The Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Exhibit, the latest exhibition to arrive at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), showcases more than 30 local artists who are garnering international recognition, and is generously sponsored by the Mary L. Nohl Fund. The exhibit is on view in MIAD’s Frederick Layton Gallery August 21 – October 8, 2017. The Opening Reception is Thursday, September 7, 6 – 8 p.m.

The exhibit features artists who have received the Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Travel Award, an award from the Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund that supports Milwaukee artists to travel around the world to exhibit their artwork. Specifically, the award program aims to “contribute to the creative health of the region by supporting local artists at all career stages, from the emerging to the established, alleviating some of the financial burden faced by artists who want to exhibit their work at a distance, and by getting the work of Milwaukee artists out into the world,” according to the Lynden Sculpture Garden website.

“The Milwaukee area has a robust arts scene and doesn’t get as much credit as it should, given the quality of the people in it,” says Mark Lawson, MIAD’s Director of Galleries. That’s why MIAD is proud to showcase the talents of these local artists who are gaining international exposure for their work in this exhibit.

Rina Yoon Suitcase

The artwork on display ranges from drawings and sculptures to photography and films, including work by two MIAD professors, Rina Yoon and Jason Yi. There will be special screenings of the films – Matthew Konkel’s film “Neptune” will play on Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m. Short films by Andrew Swant and Mark Borchardt will screen on Thursday, October 5 at 7 p.m.

The Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Exhibit and all related programming is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free gallery tours are available at

Image: Mulgil: hidden waters, drypoint and hand coiled paper, 58″ x 42″, 2017