Wisconsin Art Museum


Allow us to introduce ourselves.

MOWA is a different kind of museum. We believe that where we live is important and we are passionate about Wisconsin. Everything we exhibit and talk about has been made by an artist with deep connections to the state.

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.

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