Herd is on the Move to MOWA

Museum of Wisconsin Art

All visitors become members at MOWA. The concept is rather simple: welcome everyone to the museum as a member. It’s a model that defies the idea that museums are exclusive or elitist. Instead, museum admission fees are actually low cost memberships that allow unlimited access to the museum for a full year.

     The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), located in West Bend, Wis.,  explores the art and culture of Wisconsin.

     MOWA’s dramatic building is situated on the banks of the Milwaukee River. Opened in 2013, the wedge-shaped structure connects to West Bend’s vibrant downtown shops and restaurants with a contemporary white footbridge.

 Founded in 1961, the museum’s permanent collection consists of over 5,000 works of contemporary and historic art by more than 350 artists.

 The museum’s property includes new, spectacularly landscaped gardens and green spaces. The Gardens at MOWA feature 800 quaking aspen trees, 1,200 hydrangeas, outdoor sculptures, and interconnected walkways.

 West Bend is located 40 miles northwest of downtown Milwaukee. For more information, visit wisconsinart.org.



Each year, MOWA features more than 18 rotating exhibitions at its main campus in West Bend and its satellite location at Saint John’s On The Lake in Milwaukee. Members are encouraged to come as often as they want—there’s always something new to see at MOWA.

Craig Blietz: Herd

Oct. 13-Jan. 13, Opening Party: Oct. 13, 2-5pm

Herd, a new body of work by Door County painter Craig Blietz, is part Barbizon school, part agrarian abstraction. Cows dominate the pictures and serve as a canvas within the canvas for elaborating on the abstract designs.

Corey Fells : 100 Womxn Project

Oct. 13-Jan. 13, Opening Party: Oct. 13, 2-5pm

100 Womxn Project is a celebration of diversity, resilience, and womanhood. Active military specialist and Milwaukee photographer Corey Fells set out to document 100 minority millennials from across the city. Each photograph was taken in front of the same ivy-colored wall, creating a visual continuity that reflects the shared experience underlying the unique individuals. Their pictures and stories chronicle their hopes, dreams, trials, and tribulations as well as their aspirations.

Fore and Aft: A Vitreous View of Time

Through March 31

This special exhibition presents the work of three leading Wisconsin artists—Beth Lipman, Jeremy Popelka, and Eoin Breadon—who embrace the challenge of glass as large-scale sculpture. Each work is thoughtfully installed in MOWA’s permanent collection.


For All Ages


MOWA offers 175+ “always free for members” programs annually. Each week features drop-in art making for all ages during Studio Saturdays and more.


MOWA Masters Classes

From Halloween makeup to

drawing live cows and smartphone documentaries in Milwaukee.


Halloween at MOWA

Oct. 27, Wear your Halloween costume to trick-or-treat in the galleries and paint your own pumpkin.


Bloomin’ Holidays

Nov. 9, 10, and 11. Enjoy three exquisite days featuring: Florals in the Galleries, expert talks and demonstrations, holiday shopping and the Bloomin’ Cafe.