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No bones about it: MIAD’s OSSUARY exhibition features 160 Wisconsin artists, 340+ works involving bones


By - Jan 7th, 2020 02:35 pm
Exoskeleton 6, 2019 by Jill Sebastian. Photo courtesy of MIAD.

Exoskeleton 6, 2019 by Jill Sebastian. Photo courtesy of MIAD.

MILWAUKEE (January 7, 2020) … Originally inspired by curator Laurie Beth Clark’s research at repositories of bones in countries where mass violence has occurred, “OSSUARY: A Project by Laurie Beth Clark” features more than 300 artists (including 160 Wisconsin artists) who created serious and playful works made of or relating to bones. The more than 340 artworks are on view in the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design’s (MIAD) Frederick Layton Gallery January 13 – March 7, 2020, 273 E. Erie St.

  • Opening Reception: January 17, 5 – 9 p.m. during Gallery Night in the Third Ward. Artists’ reception begins at 7 p.m.
  • Panel Discussion: February 26, 7 – 8 p.m.

While the exhibition inspiration stems from traumas, the exhibit celebrates resilience and the ways artists create counter images that are hopeful or poignant rejoinders.

“The contributions are political statements and personal elegies, memorials to individuals or statements about mortality. They represent connections to ancestors and/or descendants. Some are serious, and some use bones in a completely playful manner,” according to Clark.

Among the Wisconsin artists featured, include:

MIAD’s Galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. More information:

About MIAD: As an accredited, nonprofit college, MIAD provides a transformative Bachelor of Fine Arts education that prepares students of diverse backgrounds for fulfilling and financially rewarding careers. MIAD fosters innovative, entrepreneurial and disruptive thinking that benefits our students and our corporate and nonprofit partners. MIAD also brings robust career pathways and college-readiness experiences to high school youth and provides cultural experiences and programming to the Greater Milwaukee community.

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