August 1, 2013
Wisconsin 30 is the Wisconsin conversation with 30 Americans.
The exhibitions, running in tandem at the Milwaukee Art Museum through September 8, showcase African-American artists. The 30 Americans (actually 31) have broken out nationally and internationally; the Wisconsin 30 presents artists, both rising and established, who live in Wisconsin or have strong ties here. Both exhibitions are important firsts for Milwaukee and the museum. They open a conversation that should continue.
As an artist and art professor practicing in Milwaukee for 30 years, I have come to personally know about a third of the Wisconsin artists and know about many of the others. Mutope Johnson, for example, is a graduate student in the MFA program in UWM’s Art and Design department, and I am on his thesis committee. Beyond that, I knew him as a neighbor in Washington Heights, where we raised our families.
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