Art in the City Plein Air MKE

To celebrate its five year anniversary, the Milwaukee Museum Mile is pleased to announce Art in the City: Plein Air MKE, an exciting new outdoor painting competition taking place May 7 through May 14. Up to 75 plein air artists from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana and elsewhere will paint along the Milwaukee Museum Mile for five days and compete for $5000 in awards.

This week-long gathering of artists, art lovers and collectors culminates Thursday evening, May 12 with the Art in the City Soirée, to be held at Saint John's On The Lake from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. This event is a museum member/donor event. The general public is welcome to attend and purchase paintings for a $10 admission. There will also be a public art sale on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, also at Saint John's On The Lake.

The main competition kicks off Saturday, May 7 with aritsts painting within specified boundaries from Prospect and Juneau Avenues north to Lake Park. On opening day, artists will also have an opportunity to win additional cash awards at a timed quick paint competition along Brady Street. Paintings created on Brady Street will also be judged and offered for sale during the Art in the City Soirée and public art sale.

Art in the City Plein Air MKE benefits the museums of the MIlwaukee Museum Mile, which is also celebrating its five year anniversary on Sunday, May 15. On that day, all member museums will be open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and offer free or reduced admissions. More information available at

Art in the City Plein Air MKE Competition Schedule
Saturday, May 7 - Competition begins | Brady Street Quick Paint
Saturday, May 7 - May 11 - Artists paint along the Milwaukee Museum Mile
Thursday, May 12 - Art in the City Soirée at Saint John's - Prizes Awarded | Paintings for sale
Friday, May 13 - Saturday, May 14 - Paintings available to the public for sale at Saint John's

Participating Artists

Lynn Rix, Pat Zandron, Derek Davis, Gary Millard, Fred Bell, Michael Olive, Judith Gahn Murphy, Kriste Sankey, D.K. Palecek, Debbie Callahan, Amy Rindfleisch, Michael Savas-Thompson, Les Leffingwell, Wendie Thompson, Sherri Thomas, Judith Van Gemert, R.M. Walter, Lothar W. Speer, Deborah T. Rollo, Carolyn Larkin, Richard Dorbin, Barbara Hayden, Brian Sindler, Tatyana Robberts, Julia Rizzi, Audrey Dulmes, Gary Kenney, Ann Powell, Christine Contardi, Keary Kautzer, Thomas Bucks, Chuck Weber, Judith C. Reidy, Johnna Papin, Pat Rodell, Hewook Lee, Lynn B. Molenda, Sandra De George, Susan Hale, Carla Christ, Larry Schultz, Marry Ellen Mueller, Janet MacIver, Kathie Wheeler, Jenny Anderson, Martha Hayden, Snerod Milewski, Beth Stoddard, Yelena Patskevich, Michael Westcott, Nyle Gordon
, Monnie Holmes, Troy Tatlock, Ariana Huggett, James Hempel, Mr. Thomas Traush

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The Art of Collecting

The Art of Collecting
June 16 - September 15, 2016

The Art of Collecting will highlight the history behind selected objects from the Charles Allis Art Collection, some of which you may recognize, some you may not, as the Allis Collection is larger than the house designed to display it. The exhibition will feature paintings, works on paper and sculpture, as well as documentary materials relevant to each work's provenance - written correspondence, contracts, etc. Many works of art from the collection have interesting back-stories and through this exhibition we share them with you. Charles and Sarah Allis spent a good part of their lives collecting art from around the world. The museum is a testament to their love of all things beautiful and wordly, but rarely do we get a chance to show the process behind such an exquisite art collection. Opening Reception Thursday, June 16, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Coninciding with the exhibition is the completion of a re-glazing project made possible by the support of the Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust. All of the collection's two-dimensional works currently on display in the mansion along with many in storage are getting new museum glass. The new glass will protect the artwork from ultraviolet light coming through the manion's windows. Advances in glazing technology have also produced a superior non-glare glass that enchances the viewing experience. When attending The Art of Collecting, you may think we removed the glass from the collection because it has become almost imperceptable. Bressler Eitel has been a gracious supporter of the project. They performed all of the re-glazing on site at the Allis mansion.


Movie Time

Milwaukee film historian Dale Kuntz presents selections from his rare collection of classic films from the 30s and 40's. Films are shown on 16mm, reel-to-reel film. Most of these cinematic treasures are not available on DVD so don't miss this opportunity to see these films in their original glory on the big screen. Prior to each screening, Dale fascinates the audience with his knowledge of film history, giving the inside scoop on each film, including bizarre details about the stars and clues to help the audience spot little oddities that ended up in the film instead of on the cutting room floor.

A Tribute to Tyrone Power

  • April 6 - Lloyds of London - 1936 - Tyrone Power, Madeline Carroll, Freddie Bartholomew
  • April 20 - In Old Chicago - 1937 -Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady, Brian Donlevy
  • May 4 - Second Honeymoon - 1937 - Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Claire Trevor, Stuart Erwin
  • May 25 - The Mark of Zorro - 1940 - Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergarrd
  • June 8 - Son of Fury - 1942 - Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders, Frances Farmer
  • June 22 - The Razor's Edge - 1946 - Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter