League of Milwaukee Artists

8/13/2021 to 10/1/2021

League of Milwaukee Artists

Present Recent Work

Reception August 20th

Art, All Ages

For over 70 years, the League of Milwaukee Artists (LMA) has championed artistic creativity and actively contributed to our Community. The League represents 108+ local artists creating two and three dimensional artworks in all types of media, a group dedicated to the promotion of visual creation, personal artistic growth, and the expansion of the Arts in our state, region and community.

As we prepared for our 70th anniversary, by a unanimous vote we changed our constitution to permit student artists to join the league.

Founded in 1944 The League of Milwaukee Artists was formed by a group of local artists and teachers frustrated by the lack of space to exhibit work in the Milwaukee area. For the first few years, they met in members’ homes and held shows wherever they could. They became very innovative in their exhibition sites including the halls of the downtown library, the Milwaukee Public Museum and even the Electric Company.

By the early 1950s, the League founded a gallery on Highland Avenue and began to meet at the Milwaukee Engineering Society building, northwest of the Marquette campus. It was at this time that the League became the first art group in the Midwest to hold outdoor art fairs. The fairs were held in local parks including Washington Park and on the grounds of local landmarks such as the Charles Allis House and Radio City, the home of WTMJ-TV and in shopping malls. Fifteen thousand people attended the Whitnall Park Art Fair in October of 1955. By the mid 1950s the League found a home within the Charles Allis Museum and held an Annual Spring Juried Exhibition.

​In more recent years, the League has been home to several renowned local artists and is aggressively looking to provide ways to exhibit our members’ work and to find ways for the public to see our shows. League membership is limited and jury review for the few membership openings each year is very competitive. In addition to donating to local charities and scholarship funds, the League initially organized the Milwaukee Plein Air Festival and co-hosted with the Wisconsin Visual Artists. This event raised money for Artists Working in Education giving young people an opportunity to explore art in their schools and neighborhoods. The League membership has participated in the Milwaukee Artist Market at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Green Living Festival at the Mitchell Park Domes, sketching and painting for visitors.

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 7, 2021

Alive in the Arts Art Exhibition

Annual Juried Show

5-7pm

Art, All Ages

PLYMOUTH, WI- The Plymouth Arts Center will open a new art exhibit in its Gallery 110 North on Friday, May 7th. “Alive in the Arts” is the organization’s 26th annual juried exhibition showcasing Wisconsin Fine Artists. Juror Bonnita Budysz was the juror for this year’s 26th annual competition. Bonnita reviewed artwork from artists living and working throughout the state of Wisconsin. The public is invited to view the exhibition beginning Friday, May 7th. The opening reception will be held from 5-7pm with live musical entertainment and complimentary appetizers. There will be a cash bar. Guests are required to follow PAC guidelines posted at our entrances and on our website when visiting the gallery, and gift shop. “Alive in the Arts” will be on display through August 6, 2021. The show is generously underwritten by Wisconsin Bank and Trust, 20/20 Visions, Dr. Sharon Roberts and Dr. Brad Wicklund, and Conrad and Barbara Barrows.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Plymouth Gateway Arch Dedication

From Cheeseville to the Cheese Capital of the World

10am to 3pm

Community Event, All Ages

Please join us for the Plymouth Gateway Arch Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Celebration! The Plymouth Advancement Association, in partnership with the Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and Plymouth Historical Society, invites the community to attend “From Cheeseville to the Cheese Capital of the World.” This celebration to dedicate the Plymouth Gateway Arch and restored Railroad Trestle, will be held in historic downtown Plymouth, Wisconsin, Saturday, May 29th from 10am to 3pm (with a rain date of Sun. May 30.) Admission for this fun, family event is free.

June 4-5, 2021

Spring Art Tour “Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour”

Two-Day Self-Guided Art Tour

10am

Art, All Ages

Click here to view the 2021 Spring Art Tour Guide

Click Here for a Printable PDF Spring Art Tour Guide More than 40 artists at 16 different venues await you this spring for the 7th Annual Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour. You’ll have a chance to meet painters, potters, furniture makers; fiber, glass, metal and leather artists, photographers and more. There will be demos, door prizes, and the opportunity to purchase original, fine art directly from the artists who created it. Admission is free!

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