All programs are free, open to the public, and take place at the Haggerty Museum of Art, unless otherwise noted.

Due to the continued decline in COVID-19 community transmission and Marquette University’s high vaccination and booster rates, masks are now optional when visiting the Haggerty Museum of Art. In alignment with the latest CDC guidance, the Museum encourages members of our community who are immunocompromised, at high risk for COVID-19 complications, or not up-to-date with COVID vaccination (primary series plus booster, if eligible) to continue wearing a mask while indoors. The CDC also recommends mask wearing in public for those who have been exposed to COVID-19, or who have tested positive within ten days. Masks are available at the Museum’s admissions desk.

Spanish language translation is available upon request. Please email translation requests to Christine Fleming, Manager of Community Engagement, at least two weeks before the event.

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Upcoming events  


HMA LogoThursday, June 30, 2022, 6 to 8 p.m.
2022 Summer Solstice 

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Celebrate the beginning of summer with the Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art at the beautiful, art-filled home of Haggerty supporter Andy Nunemaker. You'll enjoy live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, and our generous host will give tours of his extensive art collection and magnificent home. All proceeds benefit the Haggerty’s learning and community engagement initiatives. 

Very special thanks to host Andy Nunemaker and event co-chairs Ann Keiper, Maura Rabideaux, and Meghan Posnanski!

Painting the Stars Sponsors
Claire Boles and Bill Ruhland
Anna Clair and George Gaspar
Linda and Scott Haag
Mary E. Henke
Maura and Jay Rabideaux

Lakefront Arts Sponsors
Betty Arndt
Donna and Michael Farrell
Jean and Charles Holmburg
Ann and James Keiper
Kathleen and Robert Tatterson

Multiple event sponsorships opportunities are available beginning at $500, and all levels include a wealth of benefits! Click here to view our Summer Solstice Sponsorship Opportunities. Click here to download a printable flyer.

Proceeds benefit the operation of the Museum including exhibitions, academic and community engagement, collection care, and administration.


HMA LogoWednesday, July 13, 2022, 6 to 8 p.m.
Friends of the Haggerty Tour of Guardian Fine Art Services & The Warehouse Art Museum

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Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art Members at the Benefactor Level or above are invited to this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Guardian Fine Art Services and The Warehouse Art Museum, a 4,000 square foot exhibition space on the ground floor of this five-story former factory and warehouse built in 1924 in Milwaukee's Design District. Not a member?  Not a problem!  Click on the registration link above to purchase a New Membership ticket and receive two complimentary event tickets.

August 2022

HMA Logo Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 6 p.m.
Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art 2022 Annual Meeting

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Please join the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art. We are again offering the option to attend in-person or online. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with an annual report by Director and Chief Curator Susan Longhenry. Her presentation will be followed by the election of new Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art officers, and reports from Friends of the Haggerty committees.  

September 2022

Thursday, September 8 and Friday, September 9, 2022
Virtual Symposium Mythical Pasts, Fantasy Futures: The Middle Ages in Modern Visual Culture
Tickets available August 1, 2022

The visual and conceptual relationships between modern fantasy, popular culture, and the medieval era are a lively area of inquiry in a variety of cultural studies disciplines. They are also the focus of two current or upcoming exhibitions: The Fantasy of the Middle Ages (Getty Museum) and J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript (Haggerty Museum of Art). This online symposium brings together an interdisciplinary group of academics and museum professionals to examine how the Middle Ages appear in the contemporary imagination, and how its aesthetics have inspired a wide variety of media.

Co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles and the Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee. Panelists TBA. Registration opens August 1, 2022.

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 5 p.m.
Carl Hostetter will present Editing the Tolkienian Manuscript

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Read more about Carl Hostettler on our programs page

Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2022
Doors Open Milwaukee/Marquette University Parents Weekend
The Haggerty Museum of Art is, once again, pleased to participate in two simultaneous events for our internal and external art lovers with a weekend featuring free admission, self-guided tours, compelling exhibitions, and more! Even though the weekend is free, registration is required here.

HMA LogoThursday, September 29, 2022, 6 p.m.
The Fall Dinner A Celebration & Tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien

Save the date for this very special event celebrating the exhibition, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception where you can nosh on delicious hors d’ouevres, enjoy live music, and mingle with the exhibition’s co-curator Dr. Sarah Schaefer. An exquisite three course dinner will be served and following dinner you’ll enjoy an exclusive opportunity to tour the Tolkien exhibition with the co-curator. Proceeds will benefit the operation of the Museum including exhibitions, academic and community engagement, collection care, and administration. More details and reservation information to follow.

October 2022

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Community Day
A fun, engaging free day for all ages presented in collaboration with Milwaukee Public LibraryFirst Stage Children’s Theater, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s ArtsECO program. Partnering organizations will lead interactive activities and experiences including bookmaking, world-building, gaming, and artmaking. Registration details are forthcoming. 

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 5 p.m.
Holly Ordway will present Tolkien’s Faith and the Foundations of Middle-earth

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Read more about Holly Ordway on our programs page

November 2022

Thursday, November 17, 2022, 5 p.m.
John Garth will present Whispering leaves: How Tolkien’s manuscripts reveal the secrets of his creativity

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Read more about John Garth on our programs page

The Tolkien Lecture Series will be held at the Haggerty Museum of Art and will be followed by a question and answer period. The lectures will be streamed for audiences that wish to attend virtually. Due to limited capacity, advanced reservations will be required and can be made here.
The lectures will be free of charge, but visitors who wish to view the J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript exhibition must also purchase a ticket. Exhibition tickets are available here.

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript is presented through generous support from Premier Sponsor Wintrust.

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Additional support is provided by Contributing Sponsors the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Dr. Mary Anne Siderits.

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The Haggerty Museum of Art's exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.