MOWA Presents Handmade for Home: The Craft of Contemporary Design 

March 7, 2019
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Wisconsin’s rich history of traditional craft and modern design come together this spring at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) for a unique, artistic experience about home. Handmade for Home features the work of 24 of Wisconsin’s top contemporary artists and designers who create sophisticated, functional objects for the home. The exhibition opens with a party on Saturday, March 30 from 2-5 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists, be the first to view the exhibition, make art, and enjoy live music, light bites, and a cash bar. Handmade for Home is on view March 30–May 19, 2019, and will feature many exhibition activities (outlined below).

Through an extraordinary display of vignettes, Handmade for Home celebrates the tradition of handmade one-of-a-kind pieces as well as new methods of customized design and production. From classic to high-end rustic and reclaimed, there is something for every aesthetic sensibility.

Time-honored techniques in furniture making find consummate expression in the work of Reid Eric Anderson, Patrick Burke, Tom Loeser, Charles Radtke, and Randy Sahli, while MIAD senior Maggie Jo Sanderson takes the newcomer award for her sleek contemporary desk design. Jeffrey Clancy, Chloe Darke, and Michael Route are featured with tour de force examples of silver and ironwork. And, modern rustic designs are celebrated in Cathy and Mario Costantini’s La Lune Collection and Dona Look’s birch bark baskets.

Cutting-edge methods of design and fabrication also make statements in unconventional museum displays of shower curtains, wallpapers, bed covers, lamps, and more in the innovative work of Reginald Baylor, Kelly Frederick Mizer, and Chasing Paper’s Elizabeth and Michael Rees. Re-envision home this spring at MOWA.

Handmade for Home Artists
Pamela Anderson, Metalwork, Milwaukee
Reid Eric Anderson, Furniture, Hawaii
Reginald Baylor, Textile Design, Milwaukee
Patrick Burke, Furniture, Newton
Jeffrey Clancy, Silver, Madison
Cathy and Mario Costantini, Furniture, Milwaukee
Chloe Darke, Silver, Madison
Fred Fenster, Metalwork, Madison
Emily Graf, Fiber, Madison
John Holzwart, Brooms, Sheboygan
Brandon and Dave Jacoby, Pool Cues, Nekoosa
Tom Loeser, Furniture, Madison
Dona Look, Basketry, Algoma
Kelly Frederick Mizer, Textile Design, Brookfield
Charles Radtke, Furniture, Cedarburg
Elizabeth and Michael Rees, Wallpaper, Milwaukee
Jim Rose, Furniture, Kohlberg
Michael Route, Ironwork, Frederic
Julie Gunderson and Randy Sahli, Furniture, Scandinavia
Maggie Jo Sanderson, Furniture, Milwaukee
Ryan Tretow, Furniture, Milwaukee
Jordan Waraksa, Mirrors, Milwaukee

Support for 2019 exhibitions is generously provided by James and Karen Hyde, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Pick Heaters, and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Media Contact: Jessica Wildes, Director of Communications | Marketing 262-247-2266 |

Exhibition Activities

Saturday, March 30 | 2:00–5:00
Celebrate the opening of Handmade for Home. Meet the artists, make art in the studio, and enjoy live music, light bites, and a cash bar.

Tuesday, April 9 | 10:30–11:30
Saturday, April 27 | 2:00–3:00
Attend a lively talk on the Handmade for Home exhibition by Curator Graeme Reid.

Saturday, April 13 | 2:00–3:00
Exhibition artists share their work and stories: Pamela Anderson, Cathy and Mario Costantini of La Lune Collection, Kelly Frederick Mizer, and Elizabeth and Mike Rees of Chasing Paper.

Saturday, April 20 | 2:00–3:00
Interior design experts discuss how to integrate fine art into your home:

• Tory Folliard, Tory Folliard Gallery
• Jeremy Hartline, Studio Manager, Wade Weissmann Architecture
• Cori and Gunnar Hedman, Decorators and Founders, Wildflower Organics (Austin, Texas)
• Emily Winters, Principal Designer, Peabody’s Interiors

Saturday, May 4 | 1:00–3:00
Several artists from the exhibition will be in the galleries to discuss their work.
Jennifer Turner, Director of Communications and Marketing, 262.247.2266