Sculpture Milwaukee(SMKE), is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization galvanizing the Midwest’s robust arts industry with an annual public art exhibition in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Every June-October a new exhibition of artworks by local, national and international artists adorn the sidewalks, flower-beds, and public/private spaces for all to enjoy 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Sculpture Milwaukee, as a creative placemaking force, serves as a catalyst for community engagement and economic development.
The organization is funded entirely through private grants, in-kind donations, and sponsorships. All of the artworks are available for purchase.
A Brief History
In 2007, Sculpture Milwaukee was a vision. Steve Marcus, chairman of The Marcus Corporation, wanted to revitalize W. Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee and make blue-chip sculpture accessible to visitors and residents of the city. After ten years, more than one hundred volunteers, and many cranes, bolts and tours later, Sculpture Milwaukee launched its first exhibition in 2017, under the support and guidance of Milwaukee Downtown and the City of Milwaukee.
Now, Sculpture Milwaukee is an annual beacon that attracts spectators, art lovers, tourists and families to the heart of downtown Milwaukee every Summer.