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Thirteen women affiliated with MIAD or its predecessors were among the 75 nominated by the Greater Milwaukee community as “Women of Influence” in the visual arts.

Debra Brehmer; Liberal Arts Faculty
Author, curator

Paula Christensen; Alumna
Northshore Academy of the Arts

Lois Ehlert; Alumna
Author, illustrator of children’s books

Dorota Nelson; Outreach Instructor, printmaking

Josie Osborne; Director of Outreach

Joanna Poehlmann; Alumna
Artist, collector

Val Schleicher; Alumna
Wauwatosa Art Fair, state park advocate

Jill Sebastian; Professor of Sculpture,

Sonja Thomsen; Part-time Photography Faculty
Artist, president of the Coalition of Photographic Arts

Fahimeh Vahdat; Professor of Painting
Artist, women’s advocate

Lindsey Wolkowicz; Admissions Counselor
Artist and freelance writer

Rina Yoon, Professor of Fine Arts

For the full online story by Journal Sentinel fine arts reporter Mary Louise Schumacher, visit her blog and scroll down to April 13 at