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“Dear Nature” collaboration installed at The Avenue

Rootlike cardboard structures.

Photo courtesy of Kenzi Rayelle/Sculpture Milwaukee.

Sculpture Milwaukee’s newest collaboration, “Dear Nature,” features work by students from four Milwaukee colleges. Students in Jason S. Yi’s New Studio Practice: Fine Arts course at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) installed work at The Avenue ahead of the exhibition’s opening on April 21, 2023.

“Dear Nature” is curated by UW-Milwaukee Professors Whitney Moon and Jennifer Johung in response to Sculpture Milwaukee’s 2022-2023 exhibition “Nature Doesn’t Know About Us,” guest curated by Ugo Rondinone. It spotlights work by students and faculty from MIAD, Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts and UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Working with Sculpture Milwaukee, MIAD Professor Jason S. Yi’s sophomore-level class “Approaches to Making: Alone & Together” spent the semester planning, refining and installing work for “Dear Nature.” These professional experiences involved everything from presenting proposals and models to the curators and collaborating with students from other colleges to creating budgets and executing their projects.

“Through this experience, students learned crucial facets of professional practice that require careful planning, effective communication, and the logistics of showing art in a public setting,” said Yi in Sculpture Milwaukee’s press release. “Most important, they experienced the inner workings of professional collaboration and built a meaningful community outside the confines of MIAD.”

Opening on Gallery Night, April 21, 2023, “Dear Nature” is free and open to the public during The Avenue’s open hours. Located at 275 W Wisconsin Ave, the exhibition will be on view until October 2023. Learn more about the exhibition on the Sculpture Milwaukee website. While visiting “Dear Nature,” make sure to stop by the new MIAD Gallery at The Ave! Read the Sculpture Milwaukee Dear Nature press release and learn more about NSP: Fine Arts at MIAD.


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