Page 1

No Art? No Social Change. No Innovation Economy. issue



Milwaukee Public Transit In Decline.

Walker’s Point, On The Rise. Painted Streets: Koi Invasion.

“All tha t serves labor se rves the nation.


that harms is treason. If a man tells you bor, he a, yet fears la ic er Am ts us tr he is a fool. There is no America without the one labor, and to fleece

is to ro b the ot her�

-Abraham Lincoln

L e a r n h ow t o g e t i n vo l v e d . V i s i t w w w. a f l c i o. o rg. L e t yo u r vo i c e b e h e a rd .

WHO WE ARE An outlet for the art community to become aware of social issues within the city of Milwaukee as well as illustrating those that are making a positive impact. Kindred inspires creative people to become active in the community.


What drew me most into design was the idea that I could quickly create something that can influence or change an idea. I have always had a passion for politics and a drive to create a better future. Before design, the only thing I had to persuade an individual to change the way they think, was my voice. Design allows me to voice my opinions without speaking. Art and design have a way of bringing people together and it has been a valuable tool throughout history. We can use this bond for progressive change, creating a better world for many generations to come.

-Sean Rudi


4 URBAN VOICES No Art? No Innovation Economy

6 10


FORWARD THINKING Ending The Residency Requirement

16 KNOW YOUR CITY Then And Now


WALKER’S POINT ON THE RISE Residence Speak About The Neighborhood


28 FEATURED ARTISTS Making A Name For Yourself


NO ART? NO SOCIAL CHA NO INNOVATION ECONOM America must invest in art and imaginative capacity.

By Eric Friedenwald-Fishman As social entrepreneurs, we have not stepped up as

another, we can change public will, our actions,

champions because we are not seeing the impacts

and impacts. This is true for protecting our

that arts can have on every issue we care about.

drinking water, preventing child abuse, dealing

For too long we have allowed arts and culture to

with climate change, and the list goes on.

be treated as a nicety—the first budget cut and the last investment made. In the last 30 years, we have seen our nation’s investment in the arts decline as advocates for the arts have scrambled to communicate relevancy through the frames of educational achievement, creative economy investment, and economic development—these are all true but undersell the power of art.

Our economy is moving from being manufacturingbased to being innovation-based. Are we fostering the imaginative capacity to compete? We are faced with cataclysmic food, fuel and water issues if we do not address our reliance on a carbon economy. But are we sparking the creative thinking to find new technologies and new ways to work with nature? We have a dramatically changing

I have had the opportunity to work on poverty

population that is shifting the demographics of

alleviation, educational equity, environmental

voters, students, workers, and leaders. Do we

health, and many other issues. Increasingly, I see

have the multicultural humility and the cultural

that solutions to our most critical problems are not

context to leverage this change as an asset?

to be found in institutional hierarchy or traditional policy and enforcement models, but rather in collective action, dispersed innovation, and shared responsibility. For example: About 35 years ago, we had a water pollution problem. We passed the Clean Water Act and enforced shutting down 100,000 pipes that dumped toxins into our rivers.

For the last century, financial and institutional capital have been the priority leverage points for addressing society’s challenges. I deeply believe that, in the future, human, social, and creative capital will have the greatest impact. This is where arts and culture are a necessity.

Today, more river miles are polluted (not from

There is no discipline that nurtures and sparks the

industrial polluters, but from the actions of individual

cognitive ability to imagine, and unleashes creativity

Americans that end up impacting their watersheds).

and innovation, more than arts and culture. There is no approach that breaks barriers, connects

Urban Voices

There is no way to monitor and enforce whether

across cultural differences, and engages our shared

every American conserves water, makes alternative

values more than arts and culture. There is no

transportation choices, etc. However, when people

investment that connects us to each other, moves

and communities are armed with information,

us to action, and strengthens our ability to make

imagination, and the ability to engage with one

collective choices more than arts and culture.



I Believe We Must Do Several Things: Focus on strategies that foster real collaboration - Finding the best ways to leverage existing structures where they help and work around them where they get in the way, and to change them where they truly impede progress.

Identify the stakeholders who must join, support, and advocate for solutions - We must reach beyond the “choir� to deeply understand the values, needs, and motivators of other partners including parents, community-based advocacy, development organizations, business, neighborhood, and civic leaders. Get out of our own way by identifying solutions (programs, structures, policies, practices, and financial models) that might be outside our comfort zone and require letting go of territory.

Learn from ourselves and others - A great deal of thinking and work has been done and has changed the positioning, importance, and funding in many other arenas.

Recognize that it will be hard and will take a long-term commitment - This is not a simple or obvious task. The political challenges, economic constraints, competing interests, priority gaps, and complexities are all real and significant challenges.

And Ultimately We Must: Seize the moment - We are in a time of massive economic challenge, political, and generational change. Historically, the most significant reforms and investments in social capital and game-changing approaches have been accomplished during similar periods of challenge and transformation. We are in a time when policymakers will have to address significant structural changes and where the body politic is in play with pendulum swings left and right that demonstrate a willingness to risk the status quo. We need the smarts and the power of the people reading this article to increase access to quality arts for every American. We don’t need another cultural study or symposium. What we need is shared leadership that engages the political clout and the power of our voices to shift the normative expectations of our community and to demand art as a necessity, not a nicety.


Milwaukee A System In Decline Author: Tess Doyle

7 he Milwaukee County Transit has been

the only form of public transit the City of

on a recent decline in the past years.

Milwaukee has is a financially poor and slow

Forty-three percent of the riders use the bus system

running bus system, and a trolley that runs

for getting to and from work. I use the county bus

seasonally, to limited locations.

systems, a student and employee of a downtown

Understanding Milwaukee past, we know that it

business. It seems that it would be a no-brainer that

was and still is an industrial playground, producing

a metropolitan city would have some sort of decent

and manufacturing many of the United State’s

public transit if it wants to run correctly. Currently

goods. But within the last few decades it has gone

A large part of the poor transit system is due to the Governor’s budget slashing

9 through major changes and has and is still becoming

transportation to places of employment. Residents

a metropolitan city. Factories and warehouses have

can’t get into the downtown or industrial parks of

been flipped into storefront businesses, offices

Milwaukee to earn money through employment

and places for living. There are four major colleges

because their only mode out would be a public

UWM, Marquette, MSOE, and MIAD all in the city.

transit service. They are already set in a poverty

These students along with city residents all utilize

stricken area where owning their own vehicle is near

the city’s transit. But it is becoming increasingly

to impossible. Not only is it an issue for people who

harder to do so with its lack of funding, which results

need to earn wages, but for youth. Youth whom

in less running time, rout cuts, and quality of bus

need to get out to seek an education or at least an

maintenance and care. Not to mention the rising

opportunity to learn a trait or experience outside of

cost of fuel has taken a toll as well.

their failing community that they reside in. These

A large part of the poor transit system in most recent years, is due to the Governor Scott Walker’s

individuals fall into an endless cycle. Crime rates can potentially go up and lead to more issues.

budget slashing. Walker made a ten percent budget

Comparing Milwaukee to other cities across the

cut to Milwaukee County Transit, which is a 6.9

country such as Portland, Oregon, who has what

million budget cut towards the transportation

seems like an outstanding public transportation

system. Because of this, routes had to be cut or

system. Or even in Europe, who utilizes train

removed from certain areas. This is a serious issue

systems so efficiently. Speaking of trains,

because many of the cuts were made in areas of

Milwaukee County Once Upon A Time had a

those workers whom commute into the city to work

high-speed rail proposal. This unfortunately didn’t

manufacturing jobs, now can no longer reach. Those

happen because of the election of Scott Walker as

workers who are already minorities to lower-income

governor. But this would have been a great help to

working class individuals.

the city. Milwaukee currently doesn’t have much

This is such a negative effect on Milwaukee communities! It becomes a whole other issue when there is then a loss of jobs. People can’t get to work to earn money to stay and live and eat. This increases the amount of people who are already living in the poor communities of Milwaukee. The amount of people who will then file for unemployment goes up. As well, an influx of people who need to utilize the food stamps program, which will then need more, funding to support the increase. A great example of a neighborhood that is pigeon

commuter options outside of the city. Amtrak is expensive and only brings you to select area between here and Chicago. Mega bus you have two options, Chicago or Minneapolis. If we were to have that commuter rail tourists or even employment seekers would have the opportunity to access Milwaukee. Right now it is only for the people with the means of private transportation or money to spend on expensive tickets. Summerfest and Milwaukee Brewer’s games are major revenue for the city. Having people from outside the city being able to access these events

holed and caught in an endless cycle is Walnut Hill.

with more ease would bring in even more money

In learning of this neighborhood in Milwaukee,

and help ease up on the debt the city needs to pay

through a classmates research, it was found that one

off. Something needs to happen Milwaukee. Let’s

of Walnut Hill’s major set-backs was due to lack of

make it happen.


THINKING Ending the residency requirement will deal a devastating blow to Milwaukee’s economy.


Author: Bruce Murphy Gov. Scott Walker has proposed ending the residency requirement for local employees statewide. This will have by far the biggest impact on Milwaukee, which has the most public employees. Walker directly addressed Milwaukee, suggesting that “to keep people in the city, you should have a great city.” Talk radio host Charlie Sykes has gone much further, actually comparing Milwaukee to Communist East Berlin, whose Berlin Wall kept people from leaving. I live in the city, and have for most of my life. I think it’s great city, though it does have problems. But ending the residency requirement won’t help Milwaukee. It will cause massive harm. In a column he wrote for RightWisconsin (which goes only to paid subscribers) Sykes claims Milwaukee is the only city in Wisconsin and the only major city nationally with a residency requirement. Even for a man who has in the past defended his factual errors as “entertainment,” this one is a whopper. At least 127 other municipalities in the state have some form of residency requirement (though typically more limited than Milwaukee’s). Nationally, a number of big cities have residency requirements, including Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as a survey by the Milwaukee Legislative Reference Bureau found. As for those cities who ended the requirement, the survey found, Minneapolis repealed the requirement in 1999 and 70 percent of its employees now live outside the city. Detroit did so in 1999 and 45 percent now live outside the city. Baltimore repealed in 1995 and 65 percent now live outside the city. Huge numbers of government employees also left St. Louis and Washington D.C. after residency rules were relaxed. Based on these figures and the fact that in Milwaukee, 50 percent of its retired employees now live outside the city, Milwaukee officials

13 estimate that it would lose about half of its employees — some 8,700 middle class residents — to the suburbs. Compared to other residents, city employees are more likely to own their homes, homes that on average are worth 20 percent more in assessed value than those of other residents. The city, in short, would lose a big chunk of its middle class. Housing values and the property tax base could tumble as a result, and spending in the city could decline, hurting businesses and the city’s overall economy. The exodus could transform neighborhoods like Jackson Park, where many police live, or the areas near the airport or far Northwest Side, where many city employees live. Supporters of ending the residency requirement have argued this will enable the city to hire better employees. But city statistics show there are 42 applications for the average job. In its most recent recruitments, the city received 5,711 applications for the position of fire fighter and 3,569 for the position of police officer. Walker in particular has argued that ending the residency requirement will help Milwaukee Public Schools to hire better teachers. But a 2006 study by the conservative Wisconsin Policy Research Institute found residency did not have a major impact: just five percent of the 4,699 teachers who had left MPS since 1992 did so because of the requirements. Even so, the Milwaukee School Board has passed a recent measure to address the issue, giving teachers hired for hard-to-fill positions up to two years to move into the city. The ability of Wisconsin municipalities to tinker with such rules and determine their local affairs is spelled out in the state constitution. Milwaukee’s employees have been subject to a residency requirement since 1938. Is Walker suggesting Milwaukee hasn’t been a great city for the last 75 years? And why would Republicans who support local control change their stance in this instance?

14 Sykes and others have argue this is a matter

residency rule. Yet they now want to circumvent

of personal freedom. But these employees are

the very collective bargaining system that gave them

free to seek other jobs at any time. And their

these rewards and which they fought successfully

unions have long had the option of taking less

to retain, even as Walker eliminated collective

wage and benefits increases in return for ending

bargaining protections for other employees.

residency, and declined. Twice in recent years the police and fire unions made a wage concession to end residency and the arbitrator (whom Republicans have often complained tend to favor unions) ruled that the offer was inadequate.

It does not seem too much to ask police and fire workers who work in this city to be part of the community; it makes them more invested in its success. A police force made up of officers who all live outside the city might begin to seem like

Police and fire workers often grumble about property

an occupying force. This could exacerbate the

taxes in Milwaukee, which are higher than many

periodic problems that occur in the relationship

surrounding suburbs. But the major reason for that is

between police and the community.

the wages and benefits they are paid, which accounts for 60 percent of the entire city operating budget.

As for Walker’s suggestion that Milwaukee should turn itself into a great city, here’s a question: He

Police and fire workers may have the best retirement

served for Milwaukee County Executive for eight

package of any employees in the state, allowing cops

years. What did he do to make Milwaukee greater?

to retire as early as age 43 and fire workers as early

The main thing was trying to freeze the budget, but

as age 49. Needless to say, they have been unwilling

the city wasn’t far behind. From 2002 to 2012 the

to give this up in exchange for the city relaxing the

county tax levy rose by seven-tenths of one

15 percent while the city levy rose by one percent

Most of Milwaukee’s newer suburbs have lot

And prior to that, Mayor John Norquist was a

size requirements and other rules that make it

fierce fiscal conservative, who kept annual spending

impossible for lower class residents to afford a

increases under the rate of inflation while state

home. And most have resisted calls for public

spending rose more than twice as fast as inflation.

housing or affordable housing of any kind. Sykes has long lived in such suburbs. I’m sure he’d find

Milwaukee’s mayors might have done even better if not for the success of the Milwaukee Police Union, which constantly lobbied, often

it unfair to suggest he has lived behind a legal wall that keeps out poor people. But when you recklessly throw stones, they may get fired back.

successfully, for special deals from the legislature that strengthened its bargaining power in

Walker’s proposed an end to Milwaukee’s residency

Milwaukee. They were no doubt instrumental in

requirement in 2011 and the measure was defeated.

pushing Walker to propose ending residency.

This year, he has come up with an ingenious way to disguise this gift to the Milwaukee Police Union

In the recall election last year, Walker actually

by proposing a statewide ban. But cities like Green

ran against this city, warning voters that they

Bay and La Crosse have more a limited residency

don’t want the state “to become like Milwaukee.”

requirement and may not find that hard to keep

Milwaukee has always been an easy target because

it. For Milwaukee, this is a life-and-death issue.

it has more poor people and more minorities,

As Mayor Tom Barrett put it, “If you want the

as do big cities across the nation. But if not

tax base of Milwaukee to resemble the tax base

in the cities, where will these people live?

of Detroit, this is the way to go about doing it.”


THEN NOW The Faces of Milwaukee Author: Sean Rudi

A view of the Milwaukee River South from Usinger’s. Early 1900’s and Present.
















1973 1895 1891

Tallest Buildings

Milwaukee City Hall 353 ft. Pabst Building 235 ft.

l Diversi ty

U.S. Bank Center 601 ft.

cia Ra

White: 275,656 African American: 253,764 Asian: 32,433

Native American: 6,808 Other Race: 51,429 Two or More races: 28,293




Present Population












20 The Walker’s Point neighborhood has changed

Clive Promhows, a London-born artist, has been

dramatically in the past five years with the addition

living and working in the neighborhood for eight

of many new restaurants, businesses and residents.

years. He currently has a studio and gallery, Live

The change, like all change, raises a lot of questions,

Artists Studio, at 228 S. 1st St. Promhows observed

and so I checked in with numerous people living

the neighborhood grow into a cultural hub for the

and / or working in Walker’s Point to get their

city and expects it to continue to expand.“When

perspectives on neighborhood developments.

I first moved into the area I felt I was at the beginning of something, I felt an energy, a sense

Guy Rehorst, owner of Great Lakes Distillery,

of change. It was as if the area was completely

moved his business from Riverwest to 616 W.

open to interpretation of what you wanted to

Virginia St. in 2008.“It just keeps getting better,”

create and now that vision is coming about,” he

says Rehorst. “So many great bars and restaurants

says. “It’s almost a perfect storm scenario for

have opened and a lot of food producers have

the creation of a SoHo or East Village.”But the

moved here with more yet to come.”Rehorst says

neighborhood, of course, has its problems and blind

when Great Lakes first came to the neighborhood,

spots. Promhows says Walker’s Point needs a local

some areas seemed like a “ghost town,” but today,

grocery store and a late-night diner open in the

even they are bustling with new business.

neighborhood. He also believes there is not enough

When I first moved into the area ... I felt an energy, a sense of change. Lee Guk, co-owner of Lucky Joe’s Tiki Room,

police presence during the late night / early morning

196 S. 2nd St., agrees.“The days of tumbleweed

hours which has led to an increase in car break-ins.

blowing through a ghost town are done. There are a lot more people down here on a daily and nightly basis. There’s a liveliness that was not here even as recently as two years ago,” he says.

“The area does have its growing pains, but at the end of the day I personally think Walker’s Point will be the envy of all Milwaukee,” he says. Whether or not there is enough housing – and affordable housing

Carrie Wisniewski lives in Walker’s Point and owns

– is another ongoing question in the neighborhood.

Redbar in St. Francis. Originally, she wanted to open her bar in Walker’s Point but did not find the right location. Wisniewski believes that businesses are

Tyler Hawley is one of the developers behind the new Junior House Lofts – upscale apartments

choosing Walker’s Point for two main reasons.“First,

located at 710 S. 3rd St. Hawley believes what

it is a thoroughfare connecting Downtown and

the area needs the most are quality single-family

the East Side to the South Side neighborhoods.

homes.“A large portion of the single family and

This is great visibility for any small business

multi-family homes in the area are waiting for

owner,” she says. “Second, the gritty, warehouse-

owner-investors to come in and do a complete

type architecture is extremely appealing. It really

gut rehab or demolish and build new construction

celebrates the history of the neighborhood.”

city homes,” he says. “If we can get more quality

21 single-family homes in the area, it will attract the

same time making the community more walkable,

right demographic that will help the area prosper.”

safe and active,” she says. “More residents reinforce support for existing businesses and create needs

Twelfth District Supervisor Peggy Romo West, who

to be supported by new business that can offer

spent years unsuccessfully searching for a home in

additional products and services for daily living.

the neighborhood, agrees with the need for single-

More residents create more voices demanding

family housing.“I think there is a lack of houses in

quality of life improvements which can benefit

Walker’s Point without there being a lack of housing,

not just our neighborhood but our entire city.”

per se. I know many people – including myself – who have looked for a house to purchase in Walker’s

The housing question leads to another often-

Point and have not been successful,” says West.

discussed question: is Walker’s Point a familyfriendly neighborhood? Hawley says yes – he and

The housing bottom line, according to developer

his wife live with their two sons in Walker’s Point

and sustainability advocate Juli Kaufmann, is that

– but he believes changes are needed for more

thriving urban neighborhoods like Walker’s Point

families to consider moving to the area.“ We still

can never have too much housing.“The more

need to improve educational facilities. MPS won’t

housing we have, the more we strengthen built-in

cut it for most,” he says. “Secondly, we need the

markets to support local businesses while at the

continuation of cutting down on crime. We also


Walker ’s Point is a wonderful neighborhood to raise a family. need a grocery and to get rid of the recycling plants.

refer to the far north end of the neighborhood as

They typically don’t bring the demographic to the

the “Fifth Ward,” but many are not on board with

area that is looking to improve the neighborhood.”

the term. “For me, we have been and always will be the Historic Walker’s Point neighborhood. We

Guk, however, already believes the neighborhood is ideal for families.“Walker’s Point is a great place to raise a family. You have a neighborhood that is very committed to the safety and well-being of its

were established by a founding City father. Our heritage and our future are tied to our namesake,” says Kaufmann. “For me, Walker’s Point is the true, authentic, and inclusive definition of this place.”

members,” says Guk. “Plus, with such a diverse group of people inhabiting the area, you have children

Some, like Rehorst, believe it was created for

being raised in a true, unsheltered community.”

marketing purposes.“I truly hate ‘Fifth Ward,’” says Rehorst. “I think it was created by developers

For parents who desire to raise their children in a

trying to capitalize on the success of the Third

truly diverse community, West agrees that Walker’s

Ward. Walker’s Point has so much history

Point is a stable choice. “I think Walker’s Point is

that assigning a number to it disrespects that

a wonderful neighborhood to raise a family,” she

history and takes away a lot of its identity.”

says. “I love the diversity of the neighborhood. There are neighbors who have lived in that

And yet others see the two names as

area for 30 or more years which I think speaks

interchangeable.“I consider ‘Fifth Ward’ and

volumes to how great the neighborhood is.”

‘Walker’s Point’ as the same neighborhood. My guess is that people like to say ‘Fifth Ward’ because

Finally, another often-raised neighborhood question

it sounds a little fancier. But essentially they are

is whether or not there is a “Fifth Ward.” Some

synonymous in my opinion,” says Wisniewski.

“...the la bor moveme nt did not diminish t he

strength of the nation but enlarged it.

By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculou sly created a fted dustry and li market for in

the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production.

Those who at tack labor fo rget these

y remembers them.� simple truths, but histor

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

L e a r n h ow t o g e t i n vo l v e d . V i s i t w w w. a f l c i o. o r g. L e t yo u r vo i c e b e h e a rd .



Author: Brandon Miller What inspired y ou to become a street ar tist?


I did graffiti when I was younger. It was a way


with society, being kind of like the weird outsider

for me to get release from things like not being in

artist, being gay and all these things, being a child. After going to art school, I started seeing more


and more of interventional art, art where artists were taking initiative to try and address issues in


their urban landscape. So I started doing street art “interventionally,” addressing the issue of urban blight in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee has been invaded by koi. Images of the colorfully patterned fish have been spray painted throughout the East Side, Riverwest and Third Ward neighborhoods, adorning busy sidewalks. In Chinese mythology, koi would change into dragons when they reached the top of the Yangtze River. Today they’re used as symbols of perseverance, courage, independence, individualism and ambition. The artist responsible for the koi invasion is Jeremy Novy, an out gay man who describes his work as an artistic intervention with urban blight. I recently spoke with him.


You graduated from

I really enjoyed the four years I spent at UWM.

the Peck S chool of the

The diversity of art I was exposed to along with

Ar ts in 2 00 8 with a degree in photography. What was that experience like?

the teachers and visiting artists truly helped direct my career as an artist. In 2006 and 2007, I went to China … to study ancient and contemporary art. While I was there, I took interest in Chinese scrolls and the stories related to the koi. In 2008, I started stenciling koi on the Oak Leaf bike trail at North and Oakland as a final project for my guerrilla printmaking class.

Why did y ou decide to place y our koi around Milwaukee?

I decided to put them out where people gather, where artists or free-thinkers or people who think differently (gather). I put them in those areas to cause people to think a little bit more. They cause people to see beauty and color. As children, we are told we need to see certain colors in our cribs. If you know any mothers or recent mothers, they have these children’s books that say certain colors will cause the kid to start thinking (earlier) and create more creativity and cause the brain to develop quicker.

25 I also feel as adults, “Why do we not have the same information given to us? Why do we have landscapes that are gray and not have color and vibrancy to break this up?” People are continuously walking around looking at their feet, not looking around. With my koi, they are confronted with a splash of color and imitation of life. You have been all over the country,

It may be incriminating to say this, but you can find them in Honolulu, Chicago, Milwaukee,

showing y our w ork

New Orleans, San Francisco, New York, New

and w orking on

Haven, Guerneville, Bolinas and other smaller

commissioned projects.

towns in Northern California.

What cities have y ou decorated and what do y ou want people to think about when they see y our fish?

With all of my art I really try to work with themes such as equality. Sometimes I stencil past queer leaders like Harvey Milk. Even if it’s a poster or an image, I’m still trying to send out love, harmony, peace, equality and all those things that you can find within what the koi stand for.

How is y our w ork different from graffiti and tagging?

My stencils are about fitting in with the urban environment around my art. Graffiti and tagging are just about getting up without fully considering how it fits in with the surrounding environment. Like when the wall and window are tagged, or when it’s put down in a way you can’t even read. Tagging specifically only uses one color, where my art uses several colors and layers. My art also is an image not a word.

What do y ou get out of y our w ork?

I’d like to think my koi and other works using the ground, specifically, make other street artists look at using other surfaces than just a wall and making their art fit more and more into its actual environment. I hope my koi and queer street art bring messages of what the koi specifically stand for, harmony, equality, love, friendship, diversity, peace, etc.


Featured Artist

Jesse M. Bell Inspiration for his work comes from many unassuming places - an errant line, a whirl of handwriting, the prickly thatch of cross-hatched marks, a splatter of ink - each element contributing in its own unique way to the formation of my images. The interaction and visual interplay of these symbols and graphical forms is an ever evolving process of discovery and modification, and continues to lend itself to countless and varied motifs. More conventional symbols and markings often make appearances too, such as arrows, stars and kites. These linear elements are usually detached from their original meaning and used in new ways to manipulate surface tension, shape agreement or, even more frequently, as purely abstract iconography. The resulting work is steeped in the visual language of ‘50’s Modernism and the corresponding, mid-century modes of formal exploration. It is art primarily concerned with the interaction between, and delineation of, both shape and color and often emphasizes a loose, more automatic approach to the application of pigment and arrangement of form.

Above: Yellow and Deep Brown # 2 Right: Bisection of Grays and Blues with Red Bar, watercolor on paper 5” x 7”

Featured Artists


Featured Artist

Claire Hitchcock Tilton Claire Hitchcock Tilton is an interdisciplinary artist with an interest in the relationship of contemporary art to traditional craft. Hitchcock Tilton was born and grew up in Milwaukee, WI. Having also lived in Brazil and New Mexico has made Hitchcock Tilton interested in the traditional folk culture that underlies the global pop culture and where the two collide. She strives to recover a lost connection to meaningful rituals while understanding contradictions in contemporary culture. Her work investigates the psychological importance of the handmade. Hitchcock Tilton works in a variety of mediums including oil paint, fibers, wood, or clay, often using animal and human figures allegorically. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Integrated Studio Arts (2014) at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Kitchen, oil on canvas (2012)

Featured Artists

My friends , it is so lidarity

of labor w e want.

We do not want to find fault with each other, but to so lidify our forces and say er; e must be togeth to each other: “W our masters are joined together

ing.� same th e h t o must d and we

-Mother Jones

L e a r n h ow t o g e t i n vo l v e d . V i s i t w w w. a f l c i o. o r g. L e t yo u r vo i c e b e h e a rd .

MIAD CD4_13 Kindred  

An outlet for the art community to become aware of social issues within the city of Milwaukee as well as illustrating those that are making...

MIAD CD4_13 Kindred  

An outlet for the art community to become aware of social issues within the city of Milwaukee as well as illustrating those that are making...