Since the grand re-opening in April 2013, MOWA is proud to have been granted several prestigious awards for the unique and modern architecture in which it is known for.
2014 Honor Award for Design Excellence from the American Institute of Architects Wisconsin
"The site is magical: and the community deserves a lot of credit for selecting it for the new museum. The materials and palette are refreshing, clean, and a wonderful backdrop for the artwork. The project is diabolically simple."—AIA jury
2013 Top Project Award from The Daily Reporter of Wisconsin
2013 Real Estate Award for Best New Cultural Institution from the Milwaukee Business Journal
2013 Vision Award for Achievement from the Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women
2013 Business Beautification Award from West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
Building of the Week in the 2013 "50x50: 50 States in 50 Weeks Series
" from American-Architects.com
"The façade reads like a gleaming white wedge set off from the older brick buildings of downtown West Bend. At close range, the façade melts into a lovely variety of shades of white, like dabs of paint in an Impressionist painting or variations in a Wisconsin snowscape."
—Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Clean, angular lines merge into abstract forms amplified by a generous supply of natural light to offer quietly dramatic spaces inside the museum."
—Curtis L. Carter, Shepherd Express
"A flawless , straight forward spacious design that makes for an easy and enjoyable experience to view art."
—Kendall Polster, metal sculptor, furniture and interior designer
"A dazzling showcase for Wisconsin Art!"