Art In The City Plein Air MKE

After careful consideration and with mixed emotions, the Milwaukee Museum Mile partners have decided to postpone Art in the City: Plein Air MKE to next year.

Plein Air MKE was created in 2016 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Milwaukee Museum Mile and its annual open house held in May. Its success inspired the MMM to stage the painting competition again in 2017 and to continue seeking the resources and support necessary to sustain the event moving forward.

Our goal has been to build more awareness of our museums through an art competition staged in Milwaukee that, once a year, draws people from all over Wisconsin and beyond to our neighborhoods, and experience what our city has to offer. Along the way it has given us the opportunity to work collaboratively with the artists, residents and business owners who make up our unique neighborhoods on the historic East Side and throughout the city.

Plein Air MKE has been made possible these last two years through the efforts of the talented artists who competed, the many volunteers who donated their time and our generous sponsors. Thank you for believing in the vision that an intimate, neighborhood-focused art experience can bring joy to our community. Your commitment, hard work and passion made it possible for Plein Air MKE to happen.

We will continue to promote our MMM museums throughout the year. This spring, we are celebrating the seventh Milwaukee Museum Mile Day to be held on Mothers Day, May 13. Once again, our museums will be offering free or reduced admission. It’s a great opportunity to experience the art, architecture, and history our unique museum destinations provide.

We hope that you, your families and friends will join us. More details about Milwaukee Museum Mile Day can be found at

If you are interested in competing, sponsoring or volunteering in the next Plein Air MKE, please complete the form below to add your name to our mailing list:

Art in the City 2017 Winners

Main Event

Best Of Show

Brian Sindler
Looking South Nocturne

Second Place

D.K Palecek
Distant Blues

Third Place

Nyle Gordon
Lafayette Light

Fourth Place

James Hempel
The Oriental

Blick Artist Choice Award

D.K Palecek
Waterford Bathed In Light

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention

Debbie Callahan
Sunshine and Dandelions

Honorable Mention

Deborah T. Rollo
Edge of the Lake

Brady Street Quick Paint Competition

First Place

Nyle Gordon
Brady Street

Second Place

Jennifer Stanley
City Life

Third Place

Les Leffingwell
Roman Coin

Prospect and North Avenues Quick Paint Competition

First Place

Kyle Martin

Second Place

Thomas Buchs

Third Place

Richard Dorbin

Volunteering at Art In The City Plein Air MKE Milwaukee

“Plein Air Milwaukee raised the bar in their inaugural event of 2016. Top notch art, the easy ability to see art created and get to know the artists and a bang up, spot on opening all created an event you don’t want to miss this year!! The art generated by plein air artists is as personal as it gets…your neighborhood, sometimes even your home, through the trained eye of an artist. What could be better than that?”

– Wendie Thompson

Group Coordinator, Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association

“Great event, fantastic sales and neat museums I would not otherwise have known about. I’ve been recommending it to others for next year!”

Artist in the City 2016

“My eyes were opened to many painting spots. Loved the friendly volunteer staff; good extra events like the North Point Lighthouse morning coffee, great logo, and wonderful sales!”

Artist in the City 2016

“It was here in Milwaukee, by the beautiful lake. It was sponsored by art museums…The exhibition gallery was great!”

Artist in the City 2016