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.
2017 Main Event Documents
2017 Quick Paint Competition Documents
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
A Special Thank You to Our Plein Air MKE 2017 Sponsors
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.
Interested in Volunteering?
- 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
Complete the form below:
Artists In The City Lineup
Art in the City 2016 Winners
Brady Street Quick Paint Competition
“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
“Great event, fantastic sales and neat museums I would not otherwise have known about. I’ve been recommending it to others for next year!”
“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!”