Wisconsin Art Organizations 

February 25 - May 8, 2016

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum celebrates Wisconsin Arts Organizations with an exhibition of selected artwork from theCedarburg Artist Guild, the League of Milwaukee Artists andWisconsin Visual Artists. For the past 25+ years, these organizations have helped Milwaukee’s art scene grow into what it is today, an essential and thriving alliance. These dedicated artists, finding inspiration in each other, banded together to create a stronger whole, for as they say, you are the company you keep.


Opening Reception

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00PM / Member Preview 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Gallery Talk

Wisconsin is home to several artists’ guilds, dedicated to promoting the arts in general and the work of their members in particular.  Making a Scene, at the Villa Terrace Art Museum from February 25, 2016 to May 8, 2016, draws from the work of artists belonging to three longstanding Wisconsin artist organizations: theLeague of Milwaukee Artists, Wisconsin Visual Artists, and theCedarburg Artists Guild.

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The League of Milwaukee Artists (LMA), with more than 100 local members, has as its mission “the promotion of visual creation, personal artistic growth, and the expansion of the Arts in our state, region and community.” Founded in 1944, over the decades LMA has found innovative ways to exhibit the work of their members, using halls in the downtown library, the Electric Company, and the Public Museum, for instance, and pioneering the notion of outdoor art fairs. Recently, LMA changed its constitution to allow students artists to join. League membership is limited and jury review for the few membership openings each year is very competitive.


Founded in 1900, Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA) is the oldest juried member art organization in Wisconsin. Formed by a group of painters and sculptors who met in Louis Mayer‘s Milwaukee studio, the group worked to secure public exhibition space, such as the Milwaukee Public Library and the old Exposition Building. Today the organization has nearly 500 members statewide, including artists, students, galleries and other supporters of the arts.  Members receive a subscription to Wisconsin Visual Artists Magazine, among other benefits; artist members have the chance to enter juried WVA chapter and statewide exhibitions.


Cedarburg Artists Guild (CAG), founded more than 25 years ago, is “dedicated to promoting and preserving the arts in Southeastern Wisconsin through education, scholarships, events and programs.” The guild reflects the character of Cedarburg, which for more than 50 years has drawn artists of all stripes:  painters and poets, potters and jewelers, photographers, woodworkers, musicians, sculptors and more. Wanting to bring attention to Cedarburg’s thriving arts community, in 1983 a group of artists founded CAG. Today the organization has more than 200 members from the visual, literary and performing arts.



To celebrate its five year anniversary, the Milwaukee Museum Mile is pleased to announce Art in the City: Plein Air MKE, an exciting new outdoor painting competition taking place May 7 through May 14. Up to 75 plein air artists from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana and elsewhere will paint along the Milwaukee Museum Mile for five days and compete for $5000 in awards.

This week-long gathering of artists, art lovers and collectors culminates Thursday evening, May 12 with the Art in the City Soirée, to be held at Saint John's On The Lake from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. This event is a museum member/donor event. The general public is welcome to attend and purchase paintings for a $10 admission. There will also be a public art sale on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, also at Saint John's On The Lake.

The main competition kicks off Saturday, May 7 with aritsts painting within specified boundaries from Prospect and Juneau Avenues north to Lake Park. On opening day, artists will also have an opportunity to win additional cash awards at a timed quick paint competition along Brady Street. Paintings created on Brady Street will also be judged and offered for sale during the Art in the City Soirée and public art sale.

Art in the City Plein Air MKE benefits the museums of the MIlwaukee Museum Mile, which is also celebrating its five year anniversary on Sunday, May 15. On that day, all member museums will be open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and offer free or reduced admissions. More information available at

Art in the City Plein Air MKE Competition Schedule
Saturday, May 7 - Competition begins | Brady Street Quick Paint
Saturday, May 7 - May 11 - Artists paint along the Milwaukee Museum Mile
Thursday, May 12 - Art in the City Soirée at Saint John's - Prizes Awarded | Paintings for sale
Friday, May 13 - Saturday, May 14 - Paintings available to the public for sale at Saint John's

Participating Artists

Lynn Rix, Pat Zandron, Derek Davis, Gary Millard, Fred Bell, Michael Olive, Judith Gahn Murphy, Kriste Sankey, D.K. Palecek, Debbie Callahan, Amy Rindfleisch, Michael Savas-Thompson, Les Leffingwell, Wendie Thompson, Sherri Thomas, Judith Van Gemert, R.M. Walter, Lothar W. Speer, Deborah T. Rollo, Carolyn Larkin, Richard Dorbin, Barbara Hayden, Brian Sindler, Tatyana Robberts, Julia Rizzi, Audrey Dulmes, Gary Kenney, Ann Powell, Christine Contardi, Keary Kautzer, Thomas Buchs, Chuck Weber, Judith C. Reidy, Johnna Papin, Pat Rodell, Hewook Lee, Lynn B. Molenda, Sandra De George, Susan Hale, Carla Christ, Larry Schultz, Marry Ellen Mueller, Janet MacIver, Kathie Wheeler, Jenny Anderson, Martha Hayden, Snerod Milewski, Beth Stoddard, Yelena Patskevich, Michael Westcott, Nyle Gordon, Monnie Holmes, Troy Tatlock, Ariana Huggett, James Hempel, Mr. Thomas Traush

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Mark Valenti
Piano Recital

Wednesday, June 29 | 7:00 p.m.

The Villa Terrace welcomes internationally acclaimed pianist Mark Valenti Wednesday, June 29. This solo piano recital features selections by Debussy, Beethoven and Prokofieff. Mark is a prolific classical performer who has also done extensive work in Jazz, including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey. Formerly Professor of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago, and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, he now teaches in his private studio in Chicago. $15