Sixty Years and Going Strong 

In just sixty years,
MOWA has evolved from a small hometown gallery to one of the leading regional museums in the country. When Melitta Hedwig Suder-Pick founded the museum with her two daughters in 1961 to honor her uncle and esteemed artist Carl von Marr, no one could have predicted the MOWA of today and its profound impact in inspiring, engaging, and fostering the arts and culture of Wisconsin.

To our members, donors, exhibiting artists, and community partners: thank you for being an important part of our journey. We invite you to participate in a year-long celebration of our anniversary with exhibitions and activities focused—in honor of our founder—on the visionary women of Wisconsin.

60th Anniversary Bash
and Exhibition Opening Party

Saturday, July 24 | 10:004:00
Always free for Members

Celebrate MOWA's 60th Anniversary along with the exhibition openings of Claiming Space and Carey Watters: Tiny Cuts. Join us indoors and out with art and activities for all ages, plus live music, light bites, and a cash bar. Plus, receive a free gift in the MOWA Shop with a $60+ purchase on Saturday only.

Schedule of Activities

10:00–4:00 | Complimentary Lemonade Bar
Join the sculpture of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and handicraft, in MOWA’s Shoemaker Family Courtyard. Get zesty with fun summer refreshments for all ages.

10:00–1:00 | Art Making for All AgesInside and Outside
Chalk up your own anniversary message on the museum grounds. Inside, harness the power of mother nature and make paper flowers come into bloom with your own hands. What would an anniversary be without flowers?

2:00–4:00 | Exhibition Opening Party | Meet the Artists
Feel the visceral unity of art again and gather safely inside MOWA’s galleries. Celebrate how far we’ve come and where we’re going with the artists of Claiming Space: A New Century of Visionary Women and Carey Watters: Tiny Cuts. Cake, live music by cellist Janet Schiff of Nineteen Thirteen, and a cash bar make it a party.

3:00 | Remarks
Celebrate visionary women, from our founding mother to our Claiming Space exhibition, with opening remarks about the exhibition, art, and artists.


Do you have treasured memories of the museum? Memories you would like to share?

Here’s your chance to submit a reflection, a story, a photo, or any museum-related revelations that struck you during your MOWA visit. As part of the anniversary celebration, we may post some of these on the website, social media, in member communications, and make your story part of the archive for the next diamond jubilee.