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

Sponsored By:
Plymouth Furniture

Jan. 22, 2021

A Couple’s Winter Blast

Art Show

5-7pm

Art, All Ages

Eight creative couples will be sharing their love of artistry in a brand-new art exhibition entitled, “A Couple’s Winter Blast,” at the Plymouth Arts Center.  The show will open in Gallery 110 North with a reception from 5-7pm on Friday, January 22, 2021. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Plymouth Furniture. Musical entertainment will be provided by Thomas Pibal.  The featured couple artists are Pam and Richard Bronk, Phyllis and Bob Hoopman, Jane and Keary Kautzer, Sylvia & Mark Mondloch, Donna & Mark Rittorno, Karen and Patrick Robison, Eileen & Don Urness and Angelynn Brown and Eric Paulson.

March 12-14 & 20-21, 2021

Sentimental Journey in Song

Music Through the Decades

Music, All Ages

Tickets are on sale now for five, live, musical shows featuring the group, Celtic Folk.

4/2/2021 to 4/30/2021

Water’s Edge Artists

Tribute to Kitty Lynne Klich

Art, All Ages

The art created by the Waters Edge Artists reflects their passionate interest in the conservation of land, waters, and historical sites in Wisconsin. Members come together from as far north as Michigan’s UP to as far south as Milwaukee. During the summer months, WEA partners with various organizations that are dedicated to these same goals by setting up their easels outdoors and painting “en plein air” at their fund-raising events. Through sales of their paintings, they have raised awareness as well as funds to further the conservation initiatives of the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust, Niagara Escarpments Resource Network, Lakeshore Natural Resource Protection, Natural Resources Foundations of Wisconsin and others

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