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Three new MIAD gallery exhibitions showcase the work of area youth, recent grads and female artists

MILWAUKEE… May 22, 2019 – The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), 273 E. Erie St., highlights three specific artist populations in its next three exhibitions – “High School Invitational: Teachers’ Selections,” the “2019 MIAD Juried Senior Exhibition” and “Body of Work.” The latter two will be on view for Summer Gallery Night and Day in the Historic Third Ward, July 19 – 20.

Adventurer by Shalen Tully

Adventurer by Shalen Tully, Ronald Reagan High School


This group exhibition on view May 25 – June 8 celebrates local high school art students and their Visual Arts programs. An Opening Reception is Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Participating schools include Germantown, Cristo Rey, St. Joan Antida, Brookfield East, Greenfield, Cedarburg, Homestead, South Division, Ronald Reagan and Oconomowoc High Schools and Milwaukee High School of the Arts.


On view June 1 – August 3, this exhibition showcases the best of the “MIAD 2019 Senior Exhibition,” with art and design works selected by MIAD faculty. Examples include animated videos as part of a suicide prevention campaign for transgender and gender nonconforming youth, large-scale, immersive fine art installations and various illustrated books.

Melissa Dorn artABOUT “BODY OF WORK”

Through large-scale works by women artists, “Body of Work” engages the community in a conversation about the relationship between the body and artmaking. The exhibition, on view June 19 – September 7 with an Opening Reception Wednesday, June 19, 5 – 8 p.m., is a witness to women artists laboring to unchain themselves from patriarchal stereotypes. The artworks focus on the physicality of making large-scale works. The body is representational, conceptual or inherent in some work, but not apparent in other work. The exhibit is curated by Kate Schaffer and MIAD alumna Melissa Dorn.

“The exhibition creates spaces for community dialogue around issues of women’s work, their limits within a patriarchal society, and making the impossible possible,” said Schaffer.

MIAD’s galleries are free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. More information at


Ordinary people doing extraordinary work: Growing Resistance

In the 50th anniversary year at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), the college presents “Growing Resistance: Untold Stories of Milwaukee’s Community Guardians,” an exhibition in the Brooks Stevens Gallery running January 8 – March 2, 2024. Related programs include zine making, a book club, student-guided tours and a story circle with community partners.

Metalwork and molds: MIAD alum on Kohler Residency

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MIAD Values Recognition Award: Dale Shidler

Dale Shidler, Professor of Communication Design, received the January 2024 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Dale’s nominations highlighted his embodiment of MIAD’s Core Values, especially Integrity, Kindness and Community.

MIAD students, alumni, faculty create work for ThriveOn King

Four Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) community members will contribute to the first floor of the new ThriveOn King community hub on North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They make up part of the 20 Milwaukee artists who will convey the history and heritage of Bronzeville in this collaborative space.

MIAD Board of Trustees welcomes new members

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) Board of Trustees welcomed two new members at their January 2024 meeting. Dr. Daniel A. Schroeder, co-founder and president/CEO of Organization Development Consultants, Inc. (ODC), and Noah Stone, reference librarian and circulation assistant at North Shore Public Library, joined MIAD’s Board.


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