Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) will expand its footprint in Milwaukee by the end of 2021 with the opening of MIAD Gallery at The Ave, located along The Avenue’s main entrance of the 3rd Street Market Hall. The gallery will feature and sell the work of current students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
“MIAD Gallery at The Ave is an exciting and significant expansion of our campus. It provides learning and professional development experiences for our students and alumni,” says Jeff Morin, MIAD president. “It is a high-profile touchpoint with the potential of reaching the approximately one million people who are expected to visit The Avenue each year.”
MIAD Gallery at The Ave provides an engaging platform to showcase the work of MIAD students, alumni, faculty, and staff in the college’s five majors – Communication Design, Illustration, Interior Architecture and Design, Product Design and New Studio Practice: Fine Arts. The work ranges from furniture design to new product development to digital technology and graphic design.
“Most people do not realize the breadth of creative majors we offer, so the gallery is an ideal way to visually tell our story,” said Morin. “It is also an opportunity for community members, businesses, MIAD supporters, and others to access and purchase work at a variety of price points from some of today’s best and brightest emerging artists and designers.”
Like other galleries, a portion of the art and design work sales directly supports the artist/designer.
“I was recently introduced to a group of talented MIAD students through the MIAD Innovation Center when they designed amazingly creative booths for our selfie museum,” says Josh Krsnak, CEO of Hempel Real Estate. “Based on that experience, we began to explore other partnership opportunities with MIAD and we have now added a year-round art gallery to our vibrant offerings at The Avenue.”
MIAD Gallery at The Ave adds to the emerging arts and entertainment district on W. Wisconsin Ave. that currently includes the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Riverside Theater.