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Internationally Renowned Street Artist MTO to Make Milwaukee Appearance

South facing façade of Oriental Theatre to get street art mural for Black Cat Alley Fundraising Gala, on July 21

By - Jul 14th, 2016 11:23 am
MTO: New Orleans mural.

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Milwaukee, Wis. — Internationally renowned, European graffiti and street artist MTO will make an appearance in Milwaukee to create a large-scale mural commissioned by the Black Cat Alley on July 21. The mural will be located on the south facing façade of the Oriental Theatre.

Known for his distinctive grayscale hyperrealistic murals, MTO’s early works are of iconic American musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson and Ray Charles, and also features of American films such as the Shining, Taxi Driver and Tomb Raider. MTO’s more famous, and most recent portraits spotlight other street artists, such as the German artist Emess, Alias and 4rtists (aka. Mr.6) and often depict political humor as well.

MTO’s major wall mural installation will take place during a fundraising gala on July 21 held by Black Cat Alley to commission ten national and local artists to paint large-scale street art murals in a private alley way between the Oriental Theatre and Colectivo on Prospect and Farwell Avenues. The gala will be from 5 – 10 PM on UWM’s Kenilworth building patio overlooking the south wall of the Oriental Theatre.

The Black Cat Alley will be a monumental new public art gallery to elevate the profile of Milwaukee as a cultural destination and inspire the Milwaukee arts scene. The major ten-artist installation is planned for the week of September 11 with a seven-day mural installation concluding with a mural arts festival during the weekend of September 17-18 on Milwaukee’s East Side.

MTO Gallery

For more information on MTO visit:

MTO on Facebook
MTO on Myspace
MTO Flickr Stream

For more information on the Black Cat Alley fundraising gala on July 21 visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2561230

About the Black Cat Alley

The Black Cat Alley will be an outdoor gallery of street art on Milwaukee’s East Side. Located near the UWM Peck School of the Arts and numerous shops and restaurants, the alley will feature a world-class selection of artists. Sponsors include Roundy’s, Colectivo, New Land Enterprises, Joseph Property Development, City of Milwaukee Arts Board, UWM Peck School of the Arts, Villa Terrace Art Museum, Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection, Educators Credit Union, Brenner Brewing, Great Northern Distilling, Comet Café, Blick Art Materials, Digital Edge, Big Shoes Network, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and Popcare+. Visit http://blackcatMKE.com for more information.

About The East Side BID

The East Side Business Improvement District #20 manages and promotes the thriving commercial district along E. North Ave. on Milwaukee’s East Side and provides neighborhood enhancement programs, event production, business recruitment and economic development for the area. Visit theeastside.org for more information.

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One thought on “Internationally Renowned Street Artist MTO to Make Milwaukee Appearance”

  1. An excellent project bringing art into the community to offer recognition and displaying the artists of our times to continue to inspire all artists and the community.
    Artists are excellent representatives of our societies beliefs and explorations.
    Suppprted with ideas worth sharing as the global platform of Ted talks shares the artists contributions for expanding civilizations globally.

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