Join us for this year’s Art Exposés!

Join us for Art Exposé, a monthly gallery talk, presented by either Art History Galleries staff or professors of the Department of Art History. As part of the presentation, a single rarely seen selection from the UWM Art Collection will be on display.

Water + Work Exhibition Opening

Thursday, September 12 2019 - Thursday, December 19 2019 5:30pm

Emile H. Mathis Gallery
3203 North Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

This innovative exhibition explores how artists portrayed water as a site of labor in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art. Drawing from UWM’s rich collections, it shows how artists worked to promote a wide variety of maritime endeavors, from shipping and fishing to naval warfare, tourism, and scientific inquiry. American artists treated the country’s coastlines and waterways as visual treasures, economic assets, and national resources, but they also used these maritime scenes to represent their own artistic labor to the public. By crafting a visual culture of the water, artists showed the shared contributions that maritime industries and the arts could make to the nation. With nearly 100 objects in a wide variety of media, from paintings and sculptures to postcards and nautical charts, Water + Work provides a compelling account of how artists put the water to work to advocate for American art, promote the domestic economy, and shape the national heritage.

Opening Reception: September 12, 5-7 pm

5:30 pm Gallery Talk by Co-Curators Drs. Sarah Schaefer and Kay Wells

UWM Art History and Mathis Gallery on Twitter

Join the growing number of UWM Art History and Mathis Gallery fans on Twitter! You’ll catch up with department and gallery events, art history news, and interesting stories.

David Pacifico Leads Archaeological Excavation

Assistant Professor of Art History and Emile H. Mathis Gallery Director David Pacifico recently lead an excavation in and around the barn at the Cappon/deSwarte farmstead, circa 1850-1890. Located about 100 yards from Lake Michigan on the present-day Schlitz Audubon… Read More

Emile H. Mathis Gallery First Anniversary Events!

In celebration of the First Anniversary of the Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery, the UWM Department of Art History invites you to attend these events! Art Expose Presented by Art History MA Student and Mathis Gallery Intern, Heather Sheets Tuesday,… Read More

Art History 101 Class Views UWM Art Collection Icons

Students from Professor Derek Counts’ Art History 101 class recently visited the Emile H. Mathis Gallery. With the help of Gallery Curator Leigh Mahlik and Teaching Assistants Michael Lahti and Cameron Quade, the students were able to view icons from… Read More

Emile H. Mathis Gallery Hours

In Fall 2018, Mathis Gallery Hours are as posted here. Please keep in mind that the Gallery’s Hours may change slightly each semester due to volunteer schedules.

18th Century Communion Chalices and Tokens Examined

Students in Assistant Professor Kay Wells’s Introduction to American Art class examined communion chalices and communion tokens from the UWM Art Collection this week! These 18th century items would have been used in Protestant communion ceremonies across the United Kingdom and… Read More

Graduate Student Presentations Begin!

In the first Proseminar presentation of the semester, Art History Graduate Student Michael Lahti spoke on an object from the UWM Art Collection. Lahti examined Diego Rivera’s drawing “Girl Lighting Candle.” Students are asked to conduct independent research on an object related to weekly course… Read More

UWM’s Kay Wells Speaks at Art Institute of Chicago

UW-Milwaukee Art History Department Assistant Professor Kay Wells will be speaking at the Art Institute of Chicago on Friday, September 28th. Her talk is titled ‘The Uncanny Design of the Thorne Miniature Rooms.’ During the 1930s, Narcissa Niblack Thorne created… Read More