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The Jane Bradley Pettit Building, MIAD’s main campus, holds two in-house, nationally recognized museum galleries: the Brooks Stevens Gallery and the Frederick Layton Gallery. 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.
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- For gallery inquiries, contact MIAD’s Director of Galleries at 414‑847‑3350.
MIAD’s galleries are supported in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, and the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, among other sponsors. Learn more about sponsoring gallery exhibitions.
MIAD’s Galleries are currently closed in preparation for the 2018 Senior Exhibition, on view April 20 – May 12.
Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m. – Glenn Adamson, “Make or Break: Inside and Outside the Rules”
MIAD 2018 Senior Exhibition, 04/20/2018 - 05/12/2018
Dates: April 20 – May 12, 2018
Location: All MIAD galleries
Receptions: April 18 (Preview) & April 20 (Spring Gallery Night)
See the innovative work of emerging creative professionals who passionately contribute to the world and meet universal challenges in new ways at MIAD’s annual Senior Exhibition. MIAD’s 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, including:
- Communication Design (Graphic + Web)
- Industrial (Product) Design
- Interior Architecture + Design
- New Studio Practice: Fine Arts (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography, Animation + Digital Video)
Cultural heritage and identity, acceptance and inclusion, innovation, women’s empowerment and improving wellness are themes featured in this year’s exhibition.
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MIAD Galleries Mission
- The support of learning and pedagogy through programming reflecting contemporary and historical trends in fine art and design.
- Emphasizing diversity and engaging the college and community in issues of cultural construction and meaning.
- Expand school curriculum and teaching by supporting new work and the curation of subjects and creative endeavors less commonly found in school or the larger community.
- Fostering connections with creative professionals and institutions in the region for mutual support of programming and audience cultivation.
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.
Humanly Possible: The Empathy Exhibition, 01/12/2018 - 03/10/2018
Dates: January 12, 2018 – March 10, 2018
Location: Frederick Layton Gallery
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. “Humanly Possible: The Empathy Exhibition” is sponsored in part by the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
- February 1, 6 p.m.: Empathy Through the Visual Arts: An Artist’s Discussion
- February 15, 7 p.m.: Empathy, Connections and Borders: An Evening of Poetry and Storytelling
- March 1, 7 p.m.: 100 Lullabies (Lullaby Songs for Refugees)
- Download the Educational Material for Humanly Possible: The Empathy Exhibition
Chair 5: Perspectives on Form, Function and Innovation, 10/20/2017 - 03/03/2018
- February 21, 7 p.m. – Guest Speaker: Michael Puryear
- February 22, 7 p.m. – Panel Discussion: Markets for Furniture Makers and Collectors
- March 7, 7 p.m. – Guest Speaker: Mollie Ferguson
- April 2018 (date to be announced) – Guest Speaker: Glenn Adamson, “Make or Break: Inside and Outside the Rules”
All programming is generously sponsored by the Caxambas Foundation. Learn more about each of the programming events.
- an opportunity to sit in a series of seating forms to explore how posture has evolved.
- a period room where chairs hang on the wall as they did in Shaker times, and where visitors can take a seat off the wall—literally—to try it out.
- chairs by contemporary furniture designers and builders—including Mike Jarvi, Peter Opsvik, Herman Miller, Gustav Stickley, Gerritt Rietveldt and Jennifer Anderson—who take the concept of the chair beyond form and function.
This multidimensional approach to thinking about chairs is integral to MIAD’s new Furniture Design program, including an innovative furniture design class taught by Chair5 primary exhibit designer Brent Budsberg.
- Download the Educational Material for Chair5
FANTASTIC: Four Contemporary Illustration Artists, 10/01/2017 - 12/02/2017
Dates: October 20 – December 2, 2017
Location: Frederick Layton Gallery
Opening reception: October 20, 2017, 5 – 9 p.m.
Special programming: Public talk <by Henrik Drescher and Frances Jetter, November 9, 7 p.m. Extra-terrestrial. Political. Animalistic. Festive. While the illustrations in the newest exhibition on view at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) cover divergent themes across a range of platforms, their exploration of media connects them and enriches their messages. “FANTASTIC: Four Contemporary Illustration Artists” features the work of renowned artists Henrik Drescher, Frances Jetter, Katherine Streeter and Carl Dunn. While their work has been commissioned for newspapers and magazines for years, these artists have proven themselves equally adept at responding to assignments from clients and initiating their own projects to express their unique visions through painting, book arts, printmaking, collage, sculpture and digital animations.
- Download the Educational Material for FANTASTIC
User Experience: Products that Shape Our Lives, 10/21/2016 – 02/25/2017
Some say life is what you make of it. The newest exhibit at MIAD asserts that, more simply, life is what you make.
User Experience: Products That Shape Our Lives, on view in the Brooks Stevens Gallery October 21 – February 25, focuses on the devices we use and how their design has evolved from inception through today.
The Opening Reception is Fall Gallery Night, Friday, October 21, 5 – 9 p.m.
Many devices were difficult and even dangerous to operate during the Industrial Revolution. With advancements in engineering, ergonomics and greater emotional awareness, products today are safe, user-friendly and powerful.
“This exhibit traces the history of how humanity has improved the tools it uses to make our lives easier, and our work safer and more successful,” said co-curator Mark Lawson.
Using MIAD’s extensive product design collection and in collaboration with Milwaukee Tool, User Experience highlights the ways in which a design-centric approach has transformed many products into the ones we love and rely upon today.
Visitors see devices ranging from Thomas Edison’s wax cylinder phonograph to iPods, General Electric’s first production monitor-top refrigerator to a new stainless steel Electrolux and much more.
The exhibit is co-curated by James Wiemer and Mark Lawson with art direction by Dale Shidler. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday.
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Image: Lawn-Boy lawn mower ad; product designed by Brooks Stevens
Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist, 10/01/2016 – 12/03/2016
“What Dan brings to his work is an inspired vision, a conceptual approach toward ordering the diversity of visual material that one experiences.”
– Jeffrey Deitch, Hip-Hop Modernism
Dan Friedman’s diversity of visual material is evident in Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist, on view October 1 – December 3 in the Frederick Layton Gallery, with an Opening Reception and Talk by exhibit designer Christopher Pullman Friday, September 30, 6 p.m.
Friedman, a design pioneer working across various media, sought to create, delight and engage with his designs, furniture and more. His legendary work is featured in this comprehensive exhibit, making its Midwest debut at MIAD.
Viewers experience his unique vision, and contributions to graphic design and the broader realm of the visual arts. Highlighted in the exhibit are Friedman’s groundbreaking typography, eccentric furniture and playfully-subversive 3D objects, which were integral to both American street culture and global experimental design.
Though an influential figure of the New York, Paris and Milan art scenes, his work has rarely been exhibited since his untimely death in 1995. As a design pioneer, Friedman explored conceptual limits across the media in which he worked.
He helped redefine graphic design as an art form in its own right, and his influence is seen today across the pop culture landscape. For these reasons and more, the American Institute of Graphic Arts posthumously awarded him an AIGA Medal in 2015.
Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist merges art, design and craft, and is curated by Steven Skov Holt and Mara Holt Skov, with the assistance of Christopher Pullman and the support of Ken Friedman.
Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Learn more about Friedman’s life and his 2015 AIGA Medal here.
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