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Join the Sculpture Milwaukee Guided Tour

Our first tour of the artworks in Sculpture Milwaukee 2019, half off for our members.

By - Jun 24th, 2019 02:01 pm
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"Penguin" by artist John Baldessari. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

“Penguin” by artist John Baldessari. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Sculpture Milwaukee is back for another year, and so are Urban Milwaukee’s popular docent-led tours. View sculptures by emerging, mid-career and blue-chip artists up close with the assistance of an expert guide.

The tours are led by our very knowledgable guide,Jonas Karvelis. So tour-goers will be able to learn what inspired the artists, how the pieces were made and explore possible interpretations of the work’s meaning.

Sculpture Milwaukee opened June 7th, and we are hosting our first tour on Saturday, June 29th at 11:30 a.m. This tour will touch on most of the sculptures this year. Then we tour the Riverwalk to discuss some of Milwaukee’s most iconic and permanent works. This tour will conclude at the newly opened Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel for drinks and convivial conversation between tour go-ers and our expert guide.

This approximately one-mile, 90-minute walking tour will start at Jon Baldessari’s Penguin 2018 sculpture in front of the Northwestern Mutual Tower and runs west through many of the works on Wisconsin Ave., before jetting towards Saint Kate — The Arts Hotel”

Tour tickets cost $12/each for the general public. But Urban Milwaukee members pay only $6 per ticket after signing into their account.

Interested in becoming a member to get such discounts? Membership starts at just $9/month and includes discounts to Urban Milwaukees private and free events just for members, an ad-free website with improved photo browsing and access to a growing number of free tickets to marquee events (Summerfest, State Fair, Milwaukee Film Festival to name a few).

Tickets must be purchased in advance (sorry, no walk-ups).

Purchase your tickets for this exciting first tour on Saturday, June 29th. Space is limited.

Member Discount

Urban Milwaukee members receive 50 percent off tickets. Members must be logged in to the website to purchase discounted tickets. The discounted price will appear for logged-in, active members.

Interested in membership? Join for as little as $9/month.

About Sculpture Milwaukee

In 2007, Sculpture Milwaukee was just a vision. Steve Marcus, chairman of the Marcus Corporation, wanted to revitalize W. Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee and make blue-chip sculptures accessible to visitors and residents of the city. After 10 years, the work of more than 100 volunteers, contributions of nearly 20 sponsors, and many cranes, bolts and docent tours later, Sculpture Milwaukee is now an annual beacon that attracts spectators and art lovers to the city center. Sculpture Milwaukee takes a world-class art gallery experience and turns it inside out. Works from master artists are set against an urban, downtown setting. No lines, no admission and no silence. This sculpture experience is outside, galvanizing the hustle and bustle of downtown Milwaukee.

Sculpture Milwaukee 2019 showcases 23 works by 20 artists from around the world. For the full experience during the summer exhibition, take a walking tour, or a private docent-led tour, starting as far east as Wisconsin Avenue goes and journey west to the Wisconsin Center District at 6th Street. Sculpture Milwaukee is made possible by its presenting sponsor Northwestern Mutual, and many other supporters, sponsors, and partners. Most of the artwork is for sale with proceeds supporting the future of Sculpture Milwaukee.

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