Presented in the second-floor galleries at Villa Terrace, Back to School invites a select list of accomplished artists to display artwork from their current portfolio alongside work they created while they were in school, presenting unexpected juxtapositions of past and present that reveal insights into both the changing perspectives and the persistent threads of artists’ pursuits over time. Co-curated by Brent Budsberg. Admission is FREE for students with ID and a $5 suggested donation for others.

5:30 - 6:00 PM | Member's Preview
7:00 PM | Panel Discussion led by Exhibition Advisor Kim Miller

Exhibition Artists:

American Fantasy Classics
John Balsley
Demitra Copoulos
Nicholas Frank
Nina Ghanbarzadeh
Zach Hill
Jon Horvath
Greg Klassen
Kim Miller
Harvey Opgenorth
JoAnna Poehlmann
Miguel Ramirez
Lynn Tomaszewski




Exhibition Programming:



OCT. 12 | 7:00 P.M.


Join us for a conversation led by Exhibition Advisor Kim Miller at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 12, in conjunction with the opening reception for Back to School. Kim will lead a group of artists, artist-teachers, and art students in a discussion about their development from student to art professional, and how reflecting on that trajectory offers invaluable insight into their current work.
Free with admission.



DEC. 2 | 2:00 P.M.


Come for an artist talk by two exhibiting artists in Back to School. In this informal talk, we’ll listen to each artist explain the timeline and trajectory represented by their works in the exhibition, and also see examples of their current work. Light refreshments served.
Admission: students FREE, others free with general museum admission.



JAN. 18 | 7:00 P.M.


Artist and performer Kim Miller unveils a new work created in conjunction with our exhibition, Back to School. This “pedagogical performance,” entitled The Colony, explores power and language within the teacher-student relationship in an art school context.
Admission: students FREE, others $5 suggested donation.





Roger Smith: Drawings & Watercolors

Opens October 19th, 2017


Opening concurrently in the first-floor galleries, Roger Smith: Drawings & Watercolors will highlight artwork by Roger Smith, great grandson of A.O. Smith. A special opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 19 from 6:00 to 8:00pm, with a members’ preview starting at 5:30pm. Artist talk at 7:00pm. Admission to opening: students FREE, others $5 suggested donation. Exhibition runs through January 28, 2018.


Exhibition Programming:



OCT. 19 | 7:00 P.M.


Roger Smith will speak at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 19, in conjunction with the opening reception for Roger Smith: Drawings & Watercolors. Roger will talk about his early training and his lifelong passion for painting and drawing. Free with admission.





Club Noir

OCT. 27 | 7:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.


Spoken word prodigy and Milwaukee’s favorite young spoken word artist, Kavon Cortez-Jones, will spend the evening regaling his audience with his original works. Cash bar, $10 suggested donation.





A Night of Classical Music

NOV. 3 | 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.


Phillip Grossman is a long time Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra section first violinist. Heinrich (Heinzel) Kunsmann graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts from University of Kansas in 2005. During the past four years Phil and Heinzel have performed together throughout Milwaukee at venues such as St. John’s on the Lake and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Program will include music from Dvorak, Beethoven, Leclair, Brahms, de Falla, Mozart and Bartok.

$10 General / $5 Students, cash bar.

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Never Say Die

NOV. 17 | 6:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.


Bobby is an artist falling into depression from dealing with the inner struggle of his decisions: to become a successful artist & entrepreneur while trying to balance his budding family life. Using a mix of poetry, music & monologues, we explore the hardships that come along with the relentless pursuit of success. The stress it has on relationships and the extremes that come with the highs & lows.
Cash bar, $25 suggested donation




The Experience

NOV. 18 | 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.


"The Experience" is an eclectic showcase of musicians, comedians and poets produced by local treasure in spoken word and poetry communities Kavon Cortez-Jones. Its purpose is to bring artists of numerous expressions and disciplines together who might not otherwise meet and see what future collaborations propagate from their meetings.This is their second season after a year and a half hiatus and the Villa Terrace is very excited to welcome them.
$10 suggested donation
Please check our website for more information.




Art in the Garden

NOV. 18 | 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.


Every year Villa Terrace welcomes MPS students to the Villa for a creative and collaborative experience. Students begin creating artwork inspired by the museum and its grounds. Students then continue to work on their art projects in the classroom until they are finished. Each November, students and their families return to the Villa for a vibrant exhibition of the art produced. Snacks, soft drinks and a kids’ art project will be provided.
Admission price: $7 / Students $5 /Children 12 and under free