We are pleased to announce that after over three months of closure and much thoughtful preparation, the Charles Allis Art Museum is now open to the general public. Our staff did not make this decision to reopen lightly, and we continue to follow the guidelines of health authorities closely to ensure our visitors and our staff can safely enjoy their visit.  Admission will be by online reservation only. Tickets may be purchased by visiting our Plan Your Visit page. More information on health and safety guidelines for your visit will be provided when registering. We look forward to seeing you again soon at the museum! 

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. smccaw@cavtmuseums.org 

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 2018 jurors are Faythe Levine, Arts/Industry program manager and assistant curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Ariel Pate, assistant curator of Photography at the Milwaukee Art Museum. FORWARD exhibitions are sponsored by The Friends of Charles Allis.

Artist submissions are now closed for FORWARD 2018. Awards will be announced during the opening on November 15, 2018.