October 27 - February 19, 2017

Welcome to Forward 2016:  A Survey of Wisconsin Art, the Charles Allis Art Museum’s biennial exhibition featuring the work of Wisconsin artists. Forward is our largest exhibition at the Charles Allis, as we open our doors and gallery spaces to artists from all over Wisconsin. Our jurors always have the difficult task of selecting from hundreds of works of art, and this year was no exception: jurors Brent Budsberg and Susan Barnett reviewed 350 submissions before choosing the 60 that make up the exhibition. We are grateful for their insight and dedication, and for making Forward 2016 a success.

What makes Forward a beloved tradition at the Charles Allis is the variety of artistic mediums, techniques, and cultures that intersect in a single exhibition. Realistic or abstract, political or personal, these works become a combined narrative of the Wisconsin art scene. Forward highlights this narrative and lets the art speak for itself.

It is especially appropriate that an exhibition like this be housed at the Charles Allis. Charles and Sarah Allis dedicated their lives to the art world, and have the art collection to prove it. When they bequeathed their home to Milwaukee County, they wanted to give back to the community that had made their lives so much richer; they wanted their home to continue being enriched by art, especially from Wisconsin.


Grand Prize: James Pederson, The Miracle in Mike's Apartment

Award of Excellence: Lois Bielefeld, Mary and Jillian - Riverwest. 2015

Award of Excellence: Kevin Giese, Murmur

Margaret Rahill Memorial Award: Rafael Salas, Two Cats (World Without End #2)

Honorable Mention: Maureen Fritchen, What Came My Way - January 2016

Director's Choice: Michael Ware, E.B.D.B.B.N.B.

Viewer's Choice: Matthew Warren Lee, The Tempest

Selected Artists:
Timothy Abler, Lois Bielefeld, Larry Booth, Cynthia Brinich-Langlois, Jim Brozek, Valerie Christell, CathyJean CLark, Martha Coaty, Brandi Collins, Stephanie Copoulos-Selle, Eddee Daniel, Maureen Fritchen, Kevin Giese, Patricia Hidson, Andrea Hudson, Kitty Kingston, Eric Koester, Philip Krejcarek, Susan Estelle Kwas, Karla Lauden, Guntis Lauzums, Matthew Lee, J. Myszka Lewis, Valerie Mangion, Lindsay Marx, Jeanne Nikolai Olivieri, Josie Osborne, James Pederson, Nirmal Raja, Vicki Reed, Sara Risley, Janet Roberts. Kerri Root, Katie Ryan, Rafael Salas, Lawrence Sanders, Eric Schoen, Marc Tasman, Jason Van Roo, Arthur Vannoy, Michael Ware, Kiefer Waterman, Rochelle Weiner, Charles Wickler, Sara Willadsen, Ryan Woolgar



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The Mad Hatter Tea Party

Saturday, March 4th, 2017 | 3 - 5 PM

Don your most fantastically mad hat and attend our 7th annual Mad Hatter Tea Party! Your host the Mad Hatter will be there to keep you company along with Alice, the Red Queen, the Door Mouse and the March Hare too. Enjoy live music, tea sandwiches, delicious teas, and yummy treats. This two hour event includes a tour of the museum, a staging of the Mad Hatter Tea Party from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland", and prizes for "Maddest" adult and children's hats.There will be time for photo ops with your favorite characters. For kids from three to ninety-three!


$25 General Admission/$20 Members

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For inquiries contact Michael Keiley 414 278 8295 x5





Make N' Take


Our Make n’ Take series is back featuring three of Milwaukee’s best makers;
Maeve Jackson, Jasmine McMasters of Jasbo, and Shaun Watson of Groovy Dog Gallery
. They will be sharing their unique techniques through three hour-long workshops in February and March. Each of these workshops are specifically designed to be easy to do at home with easily accessible tools and materials. All workshops recommended for ages 12 and up.

Workshop Prices: $25 | $20 Members/Seniors/Students with ID/Military |
advance tickets online at the links below for each individual workshop.



Making Zines and Printing T-Shirts

Making Zines & Printing T-Shirts
Sunday, February 19th 2-5pm

A zine is a small self published booklet that contains original images or text, that is usually reproduced by a photocopier. In this workshop, you will learn how to produce your own handmade zine with drawing, text and collage. Each workshop participant will also create a page to go into a collaborative zine that will be published and sold at Groovy Dog Gallery! This workshop will include an explanation in how to digitally print a zine, a few different folding techniques, binding techniques, and information about the screen printing process for creating merchandise. Please bring your own shirt to screen print your own Groovy Dog Gallery shirt.

Bio: Shaun Watson is an artist and illustrator based in Milwaukee. He has published numerous zines and prints and in August 2016, was the curator of a large group art show and pop up shop called "Fitz and Friends". He is now the owner and operator of Groovy Dog Gallery in Riverwest, which hosts events and shows showcasing local and international artists, as well as sells independently made merchandise, including zines, pins and prints.

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Creating Contemporary Clay Bead Jewelry

Jasbo: Creating Contemporary Clay Bead Jewelry
Sunday, Feb 26th 2-5pm

Learn how to shape and decorate your own polymer clay beads in this workshop. Polymer clay is a simple and versatile art medium that is used in an array of crafts. Polymer clay is very easy to work with, making it perfect for beginners and all age levels. This workshop will cover several techniques for hand-shaping beads, as well as mixing your own polymer clay colors and applying them in patterns to create contemporary designs. Each participant will receive enough materials to create a five bead necklace, or you can choose to branch off and make whatever you’d like.

Bio: Jasmine McMasters is an artist and maker residing in Milwaukee. She is a co-founder of After School Special, a studio/gallery collective in Riverwest, and an active fine artist. In March of 2016, Jasmine founded Jasbo, a unisex polymer clay accessory line. What initially started as a studio exercise, Jasbo has expanded into a small business and can be found featured in several Milwaukee fairs, galleries, and online at

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Blending Photography and Print Making

Transferring the Image: Blending the Processes of Photography & Printmaking
Sunday, March 5th 2-5pm

How can we bring the images from our iPhones, Instagram, and Facebook onto paper and away from the technology?
In this workshop we will take a look at how we can use images from our phones or found print material to create a beautiful hand-made print. By using the methods of photography and printmaking with a little splash of this history you can learn a new process of creating imagery with texture. Through this simple process we can give an image a new value.
In the class you will have the options to explore the grounds of Charles Allis Museum to gather new images or use the images supplied. In the end you will walk away knowing a new simple way to create hand-made cards, unique prints, or image collages.

Maeve Jackson is a graduate from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and working artists in Milwaukee. She has a background in film and video, but also works in making other mediums as a maker. The composition of an image is an important aspect of her video work allowing for her videos stills to hold up as still imagery.

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Make n Take Market
Sunday March 19th 2-5pm

To conclude this year’s Make n’ Take series, CAVT is hosting their first Make n’ Take Exhibition and Market. Free and open to the public, all workshop participants will have their new hand made objects on display or on sale and there will be a cash bar. As an added bonus, the new exhibition, Echoing Concerns, opens Thursday, March 16th, which means you can come see the show for free during the Make n’ Take Exhibition and Market. Come and see what we’ve made!