Museum of Wisconsin Art Hires New Director of Communications and Marketing 

Jessica Wildes Joins MOWA Senior Staff

January 30, 2017
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WEST BEND, Wis. (January 30, 2017): The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) added Jessica Wildes to its senior staff to serve as director of communications and marketing. A resident of Slinger, Wildes brings ten years of marketing communications experience, primarily serving nonprofit organizations, and a passion for visual arts.

“I can truly get behind a mission that celebrates the value, diversity and uniqueness of visual arts and artists of Wisconsin.” said Wildes, “The museum has welcomed me with open arms, and I am eager to position it for sustainable growth and optimal success.”

Wildes has a master’s degree from the Eastern Michigan University in integrated marketing communications. She also attended the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph, Minnesota, where she spent five months abroad in London studying art. She obtained a dual bachelor’s degree in art and mass media communications.

She began her career within marketing communications on the creative side: developing visual identities and marketing collateral for small businesses within Minnesota and Wisconsin. She then served seven years within nonprofit, higher education in leadership roles at Northland College in Ashland and Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. In 2016, Jessica focused on consulting with business strategy and marketing firm, O’Connor Connective in De Pere, and also served as a full-time senior account executive for Trefoil Group in downtown Milwaukee.

Jessica is a member of the American Marketing Association and plans to become more actively engaged in the Slinger and West Bend communities. Most immediately, she looks to become a board member with the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

About the Museum of Wisconsin Art
The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) explores the art and culture of Wisconsin. Founded in 1961, MOWA is one of the top museums of regional art in the United States, with almost 5,000 works of contemporary and historic art by more than 350 artists. Through rotating exhibitions and educational programs, MOWA provides an innovative forum for the culturally engaged.

In 2013, MOWA opened its new 32,000-square-foot facility in downtown West Bend. The building, the first museum commission by acclaimed architect Jim Shields of HGA Architects, is situated along the west bend of the Milwaukee River on a triangular plot of land that inspired the facility’s modern wedge shape. An expansive wall of windows follows the curve of the river bank and minimizes the boundaries between interior and exterior. The museum houses five permanent collection galleries, three temporary exhibition spaces, and two classrooms as well as visible art storage, a shop, and a large atrium for public events. The Museum is located at 205 Veterans Avenue, West Bend. For general information, call 262.334.9638 or wisconsinart.org.
Jessica Wildes, Director of Communications and Marketing
jwildes@wisconsinart.org, 262.247.2266