Past Events

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Thursday, September 15 2022

Mathis Art Gallery Fall Exhibition: On Making Fairyland

The Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery, with loans from UWM’s Special Collections, presents On Making Fairyland, an exhibit of fairy tale and children’s fantasy illustrations from the Golden Age of Illustration (1880-1930). This exhibition explores the ways artists translated traditional folklore and contemporary fantasy narratives from word to design and the visual trends used to depict imagined realms and...

Thursday, March 10 2022 - Thursday, May 12 2022 5pm

Off the Press Exhibition Opening

Please join us Thursday, March 10th at 5PM for the graduate thesis exhibition opening of Off the Press: Exploring Reproducible War Art curated by Emily Hankins. This will be our first graduate thesis exhibition since 2020!  The exhibit will be open...

Thursday, September 30 2021 - Thursday, February 10 2022

Hostile Terrains Exhibit Now Open

Please join us for the Hostile Terrains exhibition at the Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery, Mitchell Hall room 170. The exhibition will run through February 24, 2022. Hostile Terrains visually explores the intersection of landscape, policy, and violence in Milwaukee...

Thursday, February 27 2020 - Thursday, May 14 2020

Ethiopian Art: Christian Narratives from the Kebra Nagast

This exhibit displays religious and political artworks with the Kebra Nagast, Ethiopia’s sacred Christian text. Most of these works date from the twentieth century, but the religious motifs are ancient. Ethiopian emperors claim political authority through a lineage traced to...

Thursday, February 27 2020 - Thursday, May 14 2020

Claim, Consume, Curate

What was the first object you bought with your own money? What did your parents' living room look like? What dish are you afraid to break? Claim, Consume, Curate examines the material culture of modern life in three contexts. “The Home,” “The Boutique,” and “The Museum” include over fifty...

Thursday, January 23 2020 - Thursday, February 13 2020

Faceless Figures: Obscurity within the UWM Art Collection

A new exhibition is now open at the UWM Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery!

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

Water + Work Exhibition Opening

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...

Thursday, April 25 2019 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

First Annual Friends of Art History Lecture: Grace Lavery

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Please join us for the First Annual Friends of Art History Lecture! Special guest Grace Lavery (UC Berkeley English Department) will be presenting the lecture entitled Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan.

Thursday, April 18 2019 - Thursday, May 16 2019
Tuesday, April 9 2019 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Art Exposé

April 9, 2019 at 1 – 2pm
Please join us for an exciting *MYSTERY* object presentation by Mathis Gallery Intern Melissa Michaud in the Emile H. Mathis Gallery.