The Curatorial Department at the Charles Allis Art Museum oversees and manages the museum’s collection of historic objects and spaces, in addition to conceiving, facilitating, and managing all exhibitions and ancillary programming.

Our curators aim to foster dialogue with the public and broader art community across cultures, while engaging educational and research organizations. Their work embodies the spirit of Charles and Sarah Allis, whose art collection took shape through world travel, study, and an avid interest in foreign cultures.



The Curatorial Department accepts curatorial proposals from groups and individuals on an ongoing basis. Requests for proposals are reviewed quarterly.

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The Allis welcomes curatorial interns several times a year. Interns assist with day-to-day operations of the Curatorial Department, archiving, managing collections, and preparatory work for exhibitions. Internship inquiries are accepted at any time. To apply, please send a cover letter, current résumé, and days/times of availability to Shana McCaw, Senior Curator. 

FORWARD: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now

The FORWARD exhibition is a juried, biennial survey of contemporary art from Wisconsin. Two jurors are selected from Milwaukee's professional art community to select works and designate awards. FORWARD is sponsored by The Friends of Charles Allis.

Our tenth biennial exhibition opens in November 2018. Artist submissions open in August 2018. Follow these links to submit work online and view jurors' bios. 
View Submissions     View Jurors