Art In The City Plein Air MKE 2017

Art In The City Soirée was a huge success.

Hundreds attended the Soirée on May 18 at Saint John’s On The Lake. A portion of the proceeds benefit the MMM museums.

May 11 to May 21

Over 65 acclaimed artists painted and competed for over $6,000 in prizes along the Milwaukee Museum Mile. Thousands visited the MMM, showcasing talented painters from around the Midwest and exposed new audiences to our museums and to all the historic East Side has to offer.

What Was New in 2017

Due to its success, we have increased the number of days and expanded the competition boundary. This year’s judges were nationally renowned artists Bill Suys and Shelby Keefe. We also added Prospect/North Avenue to our Quick Paint Competitions.

Volunteering at Art In The City Plein Air MKE Milwaukee

66 Participating Artists In The City:

Sherri Thomas
Janet MacIver
Mary Ellen Mueller
Judith Van Gemert
Timothy Schnese
Florie Enders
Mat Barber Kennedy
Judith N. Schouten
Kyle Martin
Michael Westcott
Ellen Riley
Valerie Pawlak
Jenny Anderson
Marilyn Formella
Ardeshir Motamedi
Troy Tatlock
Constance Davis

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

“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