RedLine is an urban laboratory located in downtown Milwaukee that supports the individual practice of contemporary art and fosters the creative potential of the local community. Founded by artists Lori Bauman and Steve Vande Zande in October, 2009, RedLine actively promotes artist residencies, education, outreach, and exhibition programs with a focus on socially relevant topics. Professional development, access, and social justice are key components of RedLine’s mission to inspire a new generation of culturally and civic-minded artists and community members. Their 22,000 sq. ft. facility includes an exhibition space, artist studios, a community print shop, papermaking studio, computer lab, and classrooms.
Well known for their printmaking, RedLine artists Dara Larson, Cynthia Brinich-Langlois, Nirmal Raja and Kim Weiss present strong and diverse bodies of work. From relief printmaking and lithography to etching and beyond, these artists represent the diversity of printmaking techniques. Mixed media artist Melanie Ariens uses her art to elucidate Great Lakes water issues. Raoul Deal and Laci Coppins examine memories and personal histories; Raoul’s installation tells the tale of a young girl’s harrowing journey from Mexico to this country, while Laci’s photographs depict humble memories intended to evoke sympathetic emotional responses. And, John Kowalczyk’s distinctive sculpture suggests myth, magic, and whimsy that
will bring a smile to everyone’s face.