Art in the City: Plein Air MKE May 11-21

Join us as 60 acclaimed artists paint and compete for over $6,000 in prizes along the Milwaukee Museum Mile in Milwaukee’s historic East Side. Our inaugural event last year brought thousands of people to the Mile in May, showcasing some of the best painters from around the Midwest and exposing new audiences to our museums and to all the East Side has to offer.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the Art in the City Soirée for the artwork judging, artist awards and art sale at the Museum of Wisconsin Art at Saint John’s On The Lake. Proceeds will benefit the MMM museums.

What’s New in 2017

Due to its success, we have increased the number of days from five to eleven and expanded the boundaries of the competition and added renowned artists Bill Suys and Shelby Keefe to our judging panel. The MMM is also proud to announce an additional Quick Paint Competition on Prospect Avenue.

Artists (and counting) registered.

Countdown to Plein Air MKE








2017 Event Schedule

May 11-17 – Artists paint along MMM, 8-5pm

May 13 – Brady St. Quick Paint Competition, 8-5pm

May 14 – Prospect Ave. Quick Paint Competition, 8-5pm; Milwaukee Museum Mile Day, 11-4pm

May 18 – Art In The City Soirée

May 19-21 – Public art sale at Saint John’s On The Lake

Milwaukee Museum Mile Day is on Mother’s Day, May 14!

For one day only, entry into all five museums — Jewish Museum Milwaukee, MOWA at Saint John’s on the Lake, Charles Allis Art Museum, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and North Point Lighthouse — is offered at a free or reduced rate, with a free shuttle bus serving all the locations and free tours!

The museums are located within a comfortable walking distance of each other—along N. Prospect, N. Wahl and N. Terrace Avenues—and offer visitors the opportunity to discover Milwaukee’s history, architecture, arts and culture.

Volunteering at Art In The City Plein Air MKE Milwaukee

Interested in Volunteering?

  • Registration
  • Artist Check-in
  • Measure & stamp artwork
  • Quick Paint on Brady St.
  • Quick Paint on Prospect/North Aves.
  • Art in the City Soirée
  • Art Sales
  • Painting Pick-up

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Art in the City 2016 Winners

Main Event

First Place

Nyle Gordan
Museum Dwellers

Second Place

Kathie Wheeler
Lake Park Falls

Third Place

Derek Davis
Spring Blush

Honorable Mentions

North Point Lighthouse

Chuck Weber
Early Morn at North Point Lighthouse

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Ariana Huggett
Villa Terrace Courtyard

Charles Allis Art Museum

Wendie Thompson
The Greeter

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Sherri Thomas

Juror’s Choice

D.K. Palecek
Spring Shadows On Teal Windows

Brady Street Quick Paint Competition

First Place

Michael Olive
The Coin

Second Place

Brian Sindler
Morning, Brady Street

Third Place

Les Leffingwell

“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 such as the North Point Lighthouse morning coffee, great logo, excellent, wonderful sales!”

Artist in the City 2016

“It was here in Milwaukee, by the beautiful lake. It was sponsored by art museums — such a nice support for advertising, organizing and hospitality. The exhibition gallery is great!”

Artist in the City 2016

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