The art of place
With a vital focus on contemporary and emerging art, the museum is home to a growing collection and an array of programs that are fast becoming a national model for the exploration of regional identity or, as we like to say, “the art of place.” The museum annually welcomes 200,000 visitors, making it a cultural destination for the art and artists of our time.
More than Sixty Years of Wisconsin Art
Melitta Hedwig Suder-Pick (1886–1972)—a woman clearly ahead of her time—founded MOWA in 1961 to house the work of her uncle, the venerable artist Carl von Marr.
The new Museum of Wisconsin Art—MOWA—opened in 2013 and transformed the community, with two pedestrian bridges linking stunning gardens and sculptures to the shops and restaurants on Main Street. In 2019, the museum’s satellite location MOWA | DTN opened in downtown Milwaukee as a contemporary platform for emerging art and artists.