• Every Saturday | 10:30–1:30
    Studio Saturdays
    Studio Saturdays is a drop-in art making studio for families of all ages. Make a mess and explore new art techniques each week. Details


  • Every Saturday | 10:30–1:30
    Studio Saturdays
    Visit the galleries then discover a new art technique each week, Details
  • Saturday, January 25 | 1:00–5:00
    Opening Party

    Celebrate contemporary Wisconsin artists! Hear from jurors Amy Baur, Brian Boldon, and Tylonn J. Sawyer as they discuss their process of selecting work for the Biennial. Meet the artists and explore their work, make art in the studio, and see what’s trending in Wisconsin. Plus, view 2018 Biennial MOWA Prize winner Mark Klassen’s solo exhibition, Combustible Dust, in the State Gallery.

    Juror Talk at 1:00–2:00

    Remarks and Awards at 3:00–3:15

  • Friday, January 31 | 8:30–10:00
    Creative Morning
    Attend a breakfast lecture featuring Nathaniel Stern. This free event requires advance registration at


  • Every Saturday | 10:30–1:30
    Studio Saturdays
    Visit the galleries then discover a new art technique every month, Details
  • Saturday, February 8 | 10:30–1:30
    Valentine’s Day Studio Saturday
    Get ready for Valentine’s Day and craft your own valentine for someone you love.
  • Saturday, February 8 | 2:00–3:00
    Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair: The Archeology of Garbage

    Each year MOWA celebrates Carl von Marr’s February 14 birthday with a talk about his work and the world in which he lived. Since MOWA is home to two works that Marr exhibited at the 1893 World’s Fair (The Flagellants and Summer Afternoon), Professor Rebecca Graft of Lake Forest College will speak about the famous World’s Fair and the—literally—ground-breaking archaeological work she does by digging up historic trash that is a treasure trove of information. As is customary, the event will end with birthday cake!

    Special thanks to the Melitta S. and Joan M. Pick Charitable Trust for its ongoing support of MOWA.

  • Saturday, February 8 | 12:00–2:00
    Gallery Conversations
    Drop by the galleries to meet artists Ben Balcom, Daniel Fleming, Alex Hopkins, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, David Najib Kasir, Michael Knapstein, Brian Pirman, Denise Presnell, Laura Schneider, Amanda Urmanski, John Whitney, and Xiaohong Zhang.
  • Saturday, February 15 | 2:00–4:00
    Exhibition Panel

    Scholarly experts come together for a special panel discussion, including University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee educators: Kennan Ferguson, Professor of Political Science; Jennifer Johung, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Architectural History; and Nathaniel Stern, Professor of Art and Design at Peck School of the Arts and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Special guests include Amanda Boetzkes, Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at University of Guelph, Ontario, and Edward Shanken, Associate Professor of Digital Art and New Media at University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Panel supported by the Department of Art and Design, Digital Humanities Lab, and the Center for 21st Century Studies at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

  • Thursday, February 27 | 11:00–12:00
    Curator Talk
    Meet Director of Collections and Exhibitions Graeme Reid in the Hyde Gallery.
  • Saturday, February 29 | 2:00–3:30
    Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards Ceremony

    The Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards (WVAAA) honor individuals, institutions, and organizations who have significantly contributed to the visual arts and creative culture of the state. In the fall of 2019, MOWA accepted nominations for six awards: Legacy, Educator (K–12), Educator (University or College), Exhibition, Community Arts Advocate, and Arts Writing. Celebrate the nominees and see who is honored in 2020. Reception to follow.

    The WVAAA is made possible through a collaboration between MOWA, Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.


  • Every Saturday | 10:30–1:30
    Studio Saturdays
    Visit the galleries then discover a new art technique every month, Details
  • Saturday, March 7 | 12:00–2:00
    Gallery Conversations
    Strike up casual conversations with Biennial artists Krista Allenstein, Jordan Acker Anderson, Siara Berry, Martha Coaty, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Debbie Kupinsky, Niki Johnson, Christian Ricco, Jill Sebastian, Christine Style, and Victoria Tasch.
  • Thursday, March 12 | 5:30–6:30
    Meet the Artist
    Stop by MOWA | DTN to meet Nathaniel Stern.
  • Saturday, March 21 | 10:30–1:30
    Spring Equinox Studio Saturday
    Celebrate the seasonal changes! Bring yourself out of winter hibernation and make sunlight and earth masterpieces.

Save the Dates

  • Saturday, January 25 | 2:00–5:00
    Opening Party: 2020 Wisconsin Artists Biennial