Current Exhibitions 

Wisconsin Governor's Executive Residence

Now on view in Madison
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The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) has curated a selection of Wisconsin art for display at the Wisconsin Governor's Executive Residence. Artwork is on view throughout the first floor of the Residence and is used to enhance adult and youth educational tours.

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Jennifer Angus: Still Lives

Permanent Collection | Surreal Gallery
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Jennifer Angus first discovered the decorative potential of insects in the 1980s when she was studying bugs used in the fabrication of color dyes in northern Thailand. Angus created this installation of cicadas and beetles in the MOWA gallery dedicated to the surreal in Wisconsin. Angus's wall-pinned insects create an otherworldly atmosphere, while a table laden with bell jars presents whimsical kingdoms wherein dried beetles mimic everyday human activities.

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A Community of Voices

July 8 - September 6, 2020
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This exhibition presents work from the 2018 class of inductees to the Sisters of Creativity. The art collective takes its cue from the legacy of Mrs. Dorothy Nelle Sanders (1917–2013), who founded the African-American Arts Alliance and advocated for diversity in the arts. The six featured artists—all Milwaukeeans—are Blanche Brown, Chrystal Denise Gillon, Rhonda Gatlin Hayes, Ruthie Joy, Tia Richardson, and 2019 City of Milwaukee Artist of the Year Rosemary Ollison. While the artists vary in formal training and choice of media, they are united in purpose: championing social justice and civil rights, giving voice to the voiceless, expressing spirituality, and coping with trauma. 

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Rosalie Waranius Vass | Light Layers: Watercolors

On View at Saint John's on the Lake
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Born and raised in Dundee, Wisconsin, the artistic vision of Rosalie Waranius Vass reflects the lush colors and glaciated landforms of the Kettle Moraine that cradles her hometown. Over six decades of creative activity, Vass has developed a unique watercolor technique that involves adding layer upon layer of the delicate, translucent paint to create a vibrant surface that shimmers with color. The richly detailed compositions evoke a longing for close-knit communities of yesteryear with a beguiling simplicity of style that updates American folk art traditions.

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