Kat Murrell
Art Date

Milwaukee is an ArtPlace

Now that it's official that there's a lot of art to enjoy in Milwaukee, be sure to check out Kat Murrell's list of exhibition openings and closings around town.

By - Jan 8th, 2013 04:31 pm

Source photo by David J. Minerath.

You’re on the art map, Milwaukee!

ArtPlace, an organization comprised of thirteen national and regional foundations, has put together a list of the top twelve “ArtPlaces” in America. They highlighted a dozen neighborhoods in the country’s 44 largest metropolitan areas for recognition, and named Milwaukee’s East Town and Lower East Side as a one of these premier hot spots.

The artsy atmosphere of Elsa’s Restaurant in East Town. Photo by Kenya Evans, courtesy of ArtPlace.

The locales singled out are not just about galleries and august museums; rather, the creative culture andquality of living figured heavily into the designation.

According to ArtPlace, “Four indicators measure ingredients of vibrancy: the number of retail and service businesses; the percentage of independent businesses; the neighborhood’s Walk Score; and the percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood. Two arts-related indicators were also used: the number of arts- related non-profits and the number of arts-related businesses. Finally, neighborhood scores were normalized for family income so that neighborhoods with the highest concentration of income did not skew the results.”

Milwaukee is in good company, sharing this designation with San Francisco’s Mission District and Brooklyn’s most hip havens. For more on “America’s Top ArtPlaces 2013,” check out the ArtPlace website and the full report.

Richard Taylor, Urban Pop, Highline. Courtesy Tory Folliard Gallery.

Okay, now that it’s official that we’ve got a lot of art going on, be sure to check out these exhibition openings and closings. For a full list of museum and gallery shows, see TCD’s Guide to Museums and Galleries.




  • OPENING: Color! 
    Tory Folliard Gallery

Maria Tomasula, It Happened One Night. Courtesy Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.



Find more of Kat Murrell‘s coverage of the arts in Milwaukee over at TCD’s Visual Art Page

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us