The Jane Bradley Pettit Building, MIAD's main campus, holds two in-house, nationally recognized museum galleries: the Brooks Stevens Gallery of Industrial Design and the Frederick Layton Gallery.

MIAD's Director of Galleries prepares professional shows in both the fine arts and design galleries, and also assists groups of students in organizing shows throughout the campus.

The gallery program is supported in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

MIAD's galleries are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the galleries is free.

MIAD Gallery Exhibitions 2017-2018

Inside Job
An Alumni Exhibition of Former MIAD Gallery Staff

July 20 – September 30, 2017
Brooks Stevens Gallery of Industrial Design

Reception: July 21 (Summer Gallery Night) 5-9 p.m.

clairesmith1MIAD's gallery employees gain valuable experience and knowledge in the exhibiting and presentation of art and design works. These alumni have gone on to make innovative artwork in their communities, using the skills and awareness learned on this job. Each participating artist will create an installation or presentation of work they have done since graduating from MIAD. These presentations will be accompanied by information about how their experiences at MIAD have translated into their current work.

The exhibit will offer real-world insight into how MIAD's opportunities connect to professional practice. Artists featured are Colin Dickson, Kathryn E. Martin, Keith Nelson, Miguel Ramirez, Kristina Rolander, Danielle Rosen and Claire Smith. The exhibit is co-curated by Kathryn E. Martin and Keith Nelson. Participating artists will be available for public talks or class visits.

Learn more about the Inside Job exhibit.


Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Exhibit

Frederick Layton Gallery
August 21 – October 8, 2017

Reception: September 7, 6-8 p.m.

MIAD stages this biannual exhibition showcasing award-winning local artists who have received the Mary L. Nohl Suitcase travel award in the preceding two years. The suitcase program gives Milwaukee-area artists financial support to travel and show their work at different locations around the world.

Learn more about this exhibition and related programming


FANTASTIC: Four Contemporary Illustration Artists

Frederick Layton Gallery
October 20 – December 2, 2017


FANTASTIC FANTASTIC is an exhibition of four of the United States’ finest contemporary illustration artists: Henrik Drescher, Frances Jetter, Katherine Streeter and Carl Dunn. They have labored for years creating art for major national newspapers and magazines, but additionally all have produced work, aside from their editorial assignments, worthy of exhibition in national museums and galleries abroad.

This exhibition will present recent drawings, paintings, collages and books by these four artists. FANTASTIC reveals their art well beyond the purview of the newspapers and magazines, informed by a personal vision of the world and a fearless commitment to the unbridled expression of that vision through their art. The exhibit is curated by Patrick JB Flynn.


CHAIR5: Perspectives on Form, Function and Innovation

Brooks Stevens Gallery of Industrial Design
October 20, 2017 – March 3, 2018

Reception: October 20 (Fall Gallery Night), 5-9 p.m.

This experimental furniture exhibit in MIAD's Brooks Stevens Gallery introduces visitors to myriad ways to think about chairs, "chairness", and the physical act of sitting. Spanning across time and place, the displays will include a selection of historic, reproduction, and contemporary seating furniture forms.

A matrix of interpretive themes will be explored in five distinctive exhibit spaces—posture, production, design, material and innovation—in which there will be ample opportunities for physical interaction in an effort to stimulate broader consideration of each chair's function, design and concept.

This multidimensional approach to thinking about chairs is integrally woven into MIAD’s new Furniture Program, including an innovative MIAD furniture class being taught by Brent Budsberg.

This exhibition is a MIAD/Chipstone Foundation collaboration co-curated by Jon Prown, Brent Budsberg and Eric Vogel. Primary exhibit design is by Brent Budsberg.


Humanly Possible: The Empathy Exhibition

Frederick Layton Gallery
January 12 – March 10, 2018

Reception: January 19 (Winter Gallery Night), 5-9 p.m.

Empathy is possible because we are human. Because we are human we can choose whether to exercise it or not. It is this human potential that we hope to encourage by bringing together the artists and their work in this exhibition. The current polarized political and cultural landscape we live in has created an urgency and relevance for the consideration and understanding of this human trait that represents the best of what we can aspire to.

This exhibition brings together over a dozen artists of diverse perspectives from around the country to create a dialogue on this general topic. Additional programing featuring both local and national participants is also being developed to add to the discussion.


2018 MIAD Senior Exhibition

All MIAD Galleries
April 18 – May 12, 2018

Receptions: April 18 (Preview) & April 20 (Spring Gallery Night)

MIAD's annual senior exhibition, Wisconsin's largest exhibition of its kind, features more than 100 artists and designers representing all of MIAD's Bachelor of Fine Arts majors and minors.

Take a seat at the Chair5 exhibition opening Oct. 20
Four illustrators bring unique visions to MIAD in FANTASTIC exhibit, Oct. 20
Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Exhibit arrives at MIAD August 21, 2017
Inside Job exhibition opens at MIAD during Summer Gallery Night, July 21
2017 Senior Exhibition
MIAD voted Best Art Gallery (Non-Museum) in Shepherd Express awards
Just the Facts opens Jan. 9
User Experience: Products That Shape Our Lives opens Fall Gallery Night, Oct. 21
Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist opens Oct. 1
Craftsmanship and culture celebrated during Summer Gallery Weekend
Material Girls opens Summer Gallery Night at MIAD
[Hyphen] Americans on view in the Perspectives Gallery
A Dual Exhibition brings vibrant pattern design to MIAD
New exhibits open Winter Gallery Night at MIAD, Jan. 22
RPM exhibition showcases the foundations experience
Anastasia Samoylova’s “Landscape Sublime” on view at MIAD
Motion 15 brings digital-media works to MIAD
Japanese Design Today 100 Makes a Stop at MIAD
The Naked Truth opens October 16 at MIAD
Kevin Miyazaki's 'Camp Home' explores his family history