Woodland Indian Arts Festival

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

Exhibitions through January 27, 2019
Sable Elyse Smith | Ordinary Violence
Kirsten Leenaars | (Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles
Scripture as Source | Artists Interpret the Bible
The Nohl Fellowship @ 15

October 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 11 a.m. to noon
Attempts at a Unified Theory gallery talk with tapestry artist Sheila Held, in conjunction with the exhibition The Nohl Fellowship@15

November 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Curtis L. Carter Art and Social Change Lecture featuring Elizabeth Hinton and Christian Viveros-Faune
Weasler Auditorium, 1506 West Wisconsin Ave
Free and open to the public

Elizabeth Hinton, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America will be in conversation with Christian Viveros-Faune, art and culture critic and author of Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art This presentation serves as a keynote address for the symposium The Milwaukee Model: Envisioning the Role of the Arts in Criminal Justice Reform, organized by the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum and taking place November 1 -3.

November 1-3, 2018
The Milwaukee Model: Envisioning the Role of the Arts in Criminal Justice Reform
Community Symposium
Haggerty Museum of Art and Milwaukee Art Museum
Free and open to the public

Co-organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Haggerty Museum of Art, this three-day symposium will examine the role of the arts in criminal justice reform by inviting nationally-renowned scholars, subject matter experts, and artists to Milwaukee.


•Thursday, November 1: Keynote presentation at Marquette University’s Weasler Auditorium

•Friday, November 2: Lunch reception, panel presentations, and evening mixer at the Milwaukee Art Museum  

•Saturday, November 3: Small-group listening circles that invite Milwaukee community members and experts to meet with national experts to discuss productive solutions to the problems identified or questions raised in the panels. 

This symposium is presented with the support of Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
In collaboration with Marquette University’s Department of English and Center for Humanities, the Haggerty Museum of Art presents The Creative Writing Series, featuring published authors affiliated with Marquette.
Sherri Hoffman (fiction)
Jacob Riyeff (poetry)
Host: Brittany Pladek

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m.
Talks by 2018 Nohl Jurors
The three jurors who will be selecting the five recipients of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists Fellowships (2018) will give a public talk about their institutions and curatorial interests. The talk begins at 6:30 pm and is preceded by an informal reception. Jurors will be announced in the fall. Reception begins at 6 p.m.; talk begins at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 15, 2019, 7 to 8 p.m.
Gallery talk with Tyanna Buie, artist and Assistant Professor/Section Chair of Printmaking at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition The Nohl Fellowship@15.

December 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 2 to 3 p.m.

Catey Ott Dance Collective and Milwaukee community dancers will perform Heidi Latsky Dance's ON DISPLAY GLOBAL.

ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show and commentary on the body as spectacle and society's obsession with body image. It turns a cast of diverse and extreme bodies into a sculpture court where the performers are the sculptures. ON DISPLAY began as a simple human sculpture court and is now a movement, a growing portfolio of works that explore and demonstrate inclusion through art.

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7 p.m.
UWM Union Cinema, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Information: (414) 229-6052 or arts.uwm.edu

In conjunction with his 2017 Nohl Fellowship, Sky Hopinka screens works that traverse a wide range of topics dealing directly and indirectly with indigeneity--assertions of identity and presence in the face of and regardless of colonial history and outdated traditions of anthropology and ethnography. They make space for poetry, for beauty, for movement between cosmological and visceral worlds, sometimes blurring the lines between both. They claim what was always theirs, and celebrate what was never lost.

Thursday, December 13, 2019, 6 to 7 p.m.
Gallery talk with Peter Barrickman, artist and Interim Associate Professor at MIAD, and John Riepenhoff, artist and curator and co-owner of The Green Gallery in Milwaukee. This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition The Nohl Fellowship@15.


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





  • Monday – Saturday:
    10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday:
    10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday:
    Noon to 5 p.m.