Call for Entries

Museum of Wisconsin Art is proud to issue a call to Wisconsin visual artists to submit comics about today’s political climate for an exhibition at its Milwaukee location in the Saint Kate—The Arts Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

Scheduled to coincide with the Republican National Convention, July 15–18, 2024, the exhibition, which runs from April 12 to July 24, 2024, will attract considerable national attention thanks to hundreds of political reporters descending on the city and its prime location in one of Milwaukee’s finest hotels.

MOWA | DTN inside Saint Kate—The Arts Hotel

Ripon was the site in 1854 where abolitionists formed the Republican Party. It quickly became national, but the Party of Lincoln’s roots are in Wisconsin.

James P. Danky, author of Wisconsin Funnies: Fifty Years of Comics and Underground Classics, will guest curate the exhibition. The emphasis is on contemporary work from all political and social perspectives by artists either from Wisconsin or with a connection. Up to five comic artists will be invited to add additional work to the exhibition in early July to reflect the political moment.

Participating artists are encouraged to offer their work for sale with proceeds to the artist, and a ten percent donation to the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

Interested parties should digitally submit works (up to five) with a brief artist statement by February 23, 2024. Final selections will be made by legendary cartoonist Denis Kitchen, MOWA Adjunct Curator of Comics James Danky, MOWA Adjunct Curator J Tyler Friedman, and MOWA Executive Director Laurie Winters—all of whom have deep Wisconsin roots and the requisite capacity for humor.

Artists selected for this extraordinary mission will be notified by March 1, 2024, and will be contacted directly by the museum about sizes, framing, and delivery dates.



Image: Peter Poplaski, Wisconsin Funnies, 2020