Visual Arts and Crafts

The term “visual arts and crafts” encompasses a number of different elements: painting, printmaking, illustration, photography, sculpture, and a variety of crafts made from fiber, wood, glass, ceramics, porcelain, and metal. It also includes the galleries, support organizations, studios, and educational programs in visual arts that are critical for sustaining this community of artists and craftspeople.
The visual arts and crafts cluster employed more than 5,300 individuals in 2009, comprising 11 percent of total creative sector employment in the Milwaukee region. The majority of jobs in the sector exists in photography studios, providing more than half (1,248) of the industry’s jobs. The cluster grew substantially between 2002 and 2007 (adding 575 jobs), but witnessed a sharp decline in total employment, losing nearly half of that growth (276 jobs) in 2009.

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Member Spotlight: MIAD

(posted: Aug 10, 2011)

Who will be the creative leaders our economy demands? Who travels from around the country to attend college in Wisconsin – and remains in our community at a rate of 80%, preferred for employment across multiple disciplines because of their ability to think, create, innovate and lead? Students attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), the state's only non-profit, independent college of art and design, which confers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the most highly regarded and dually accredited undergraduate degree in the visual arts

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Creativity Works Here Program Launches

(posted: Jun 07, 2011)

The Creative Alliance and Grand Avenue have partnered to create a new program: Creativity Works Here. Answer our questions on what you'd want in a creative hub in Grand Avenue! Check out pictures and layouts of the space!


Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists Now Reopened

(posted: Jun 02, 2011)

The Bradley Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF), announces the second half of the eighth funding cycle of the GMFs Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund for Individual Artists.

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