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Press Release

Milwaukee Architect Jim Shields honored at Art Ball

For Media & Press September 20, 2023

(MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN) – On Saturday, September 30, the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) will present Jim Shields with the Hyde Award for Wisconsin Art. The award celebrates Shields’ work on the MOWA mothership in West Bend, WI and his many other contributions to Wisconsin architecture.

The award was established in 2015 to recognize recipients for their significant influence on MOWA and the future of Wisconsin Art. This year’s honoree is museum architect James Shields of HGA for his expansive vision that continues to transform the cultural landscape of the state of Wisconsin.

Design Principal, James Shields is renowned for his ability to translate site and project challenges into beautiful design solutions; when selected as an AIA Fellow for excellence in building design, he was the only Fellow in Wisconsin.

“Jim is a visionary in the field of architecture,” says MOWA Executive Director Laurie Winters. “His design of the MOWA mothership is a testament to his unique approach to designing non-profit cultural spaces.”

During a thirty-five-year career, Shields has designed many buildings for arts and cultural institutions, including Discovery World, Milwaukee Ballet Center, Museum of Wisconsin Art, as well as major renovations and additions for the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Kenilworth Building for the UW–Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and the Peninsula School of Art in Door County. His vision and leadership are at the core of the dynamic arts community we enjoy today.

The Hyde Award for Wisconsin Art is named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. James and Karen Hyde. Previous honorees include Dr. and Mrs. James and Karen Hyde (2015), West Bend Mutual Insurance Company (2017), Tom Uttech (2019), and Melitta Hedwig Suder Pick and her granddaughters Loraine Budke and Andrea Sellinger (2021).