MIAD Galleries


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.

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 currently seek exhibition proposals for 2018-19. Proposals for 2018-19 exhibtions are due January 31, 2018. MIAD welcomes proposals for exhibitions on an ongoing basis.


Upcoming Exhibitions

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)

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.

Opening reception 2017 Senior Exhibition

Opening reception 2017 Senior Exhibition



The mission of MIAD Galleries is to support learning, cultivate conversation with the community, and demonstrate the cultural value of art and design. Through excellence and diversity in our changing exhibitions and educational programming,  MIAD Galleries reflect contemporary and historical trends in fine art and design.

With a focus on diverse, innovative and interdisciplinary practices across art and design, we present a dynamic exhibition program featuring work by regional, national and international professional practitioners. Our exhibits are complemented by public and educational events.


We make an impact through:

        • 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.

Past Exhibitions

User Experience: Products that Shape Our Lives
10/21/2016 – 02/25/2017

User Experience: Products That Shape Our Lives opens Fall Gallery Night, Oct. 21

'Lawn Boy' mower ad

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

Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist opens Oct. 1

"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 'The Wall'

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.

USA Table

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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Image 1: Portrait of Dan Friedman photographed in front of The Wall, an assemblage
Image 2: Dan Friedman, USA Table, 1986, painted medium-density fiberboard and metal, 41 x 145 x 89 cm

MIAD Faculty Exhibition 2016
08/22/2016 - 09/17/2016

fac exh 2016 web 1Dates: August 22 – September 17, 2016
Location: Frederick Layton Gallery

The old adage "those who can't do, teach" doesn't have much traction at MIAD, where faculty members are exhibiting and working artists and designers. The biennial Faculty Exhibition offers a chance to experience faculty work in one incredible exhibit.

Participating faculty include: Jared Patton Plock; Rina Yoon; Chris Beetow; Bruce Humphries; Zoë Darling; Nicholas Frank; Rosalie Beck; John Matson; Peter Barrikman; Christiane Grauers; Michael Presutti; Jeremy McDonnell; Cole Norton; Steve Horvath; Joe Boblick; Susan Estelle Kwas; Corbett Toomsen; Waldek Dynerman; Jon Horvath; Kim Miller; Matthew Lee; Leslie Fedorchuk; Naomi Shersty; Will Pergl; Jan Feldhausen; Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg; Bruce Grudzinski; Tom Noffsinger; and James Barany

Image: Tom Noffsinger

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