Wisconsin Art Indoors and Out

Wisconsin's art scene is a masterpiece worthy of the finest frame. Milwaukee was just named one of America’s top 12 “ArtPlaces” so our must-see works of art, talented artists, and breathtaking venues are no longer a secret of the art world's inner circle. But don't let Wisconsin's well-earned prestige intimidate you! Our best works aren't all tucked away in the hallowed halls of galleries and museums. From glistening ice sculptures to breathtaking paintings, wintertime is the perfect time to admire man-made beauty, indoors and out. Here’s where you’ll find our favorites this season:

Annual U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition | Photo Credit: Donald S. Abrams
Annual U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition | Photo Credit Donald S. Abrams

Wisconsin Outdoor Art
18th Annual U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition — Lake Geneva
As the nation’s only sanctioned snow sculpting event, this competition is the crème de la crème of Lake Geneva’s Winterfest.  Each year, more than 60,000 people travel to the lakefront to gaze on as 15 teams create 9-plus-foot-tall sculptures made of snow, water and ice. Each larger-than-life sculpture is created using custom-made hand tools like axes, saws, files and shovels. The sculpting starts on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. Stick around through Sunday for food, fun and entertainment. If the ice and wind conditions are right, you may even catch iceboats sailing on Lake Geneva.

Fire & Ice — Sturgeon Bay
Watch a block of ice turn into a masterpiece at this citywide ice carving competition in downtown Sturgeon Bay, Feb. 15-17. Vote for your favorite carving to receive a People’s Choice Award. Event maps with ice and snow block locations are available at most area businesses and at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center.

Wisconsin Indoor Art
Grete Marks: When Modern was Degenerate — Milwaukee Art Museum
This exhibit will extend though Feb. 17 due to popular demand. Come see the modern ceramics of German artist Grete Marks, whose work dates back to the early 1920s.

Bayfield Artists’ Guild — Bayfield
If variety is your spice of life, then stop by this artists’ guild. From watercolors and pottery to painted woodcarvings, admire art from more than 20 local artists. Stop in often because every day a different artist tends the store.

Calvin Nicholls: Paper Sculpture by Design — Wausau
Toothpicks, glue and paper may sound like a kid’s art project, but Canadian artist, Calvin Nicholls, creates true works of art that are beautiful and elegant. Stop by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum before April 7 to catch this indoor art exhibit.

For the latest gallery openings, exhibits and all things artistic, visit our art in Wisconsin page.

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