Carlos Heromsilla Álvarez & Colin Matthes:
Echoing Concerns


March 16 - June 25, 2017

Carlos Hermosilla Álvarez and Colin Matthes: Echoing Concerns features the work of two artists working in distant eras, but toward similar goals of drawing attention to societal injustices they witness every day.

Exhibition catalogue now available for purchase! Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

with artist Colin Matthes
Thursday, June 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Total Essential Knowledge:
A Collaborative Graphic Communication Archive

No one is an expert in everything and everyone is an expert in something. One part workshop, one part conversation, as we share stories and learn from each other we will make drawings that archive our essential knowledge. $25 General, $20 Members/Students/Artists/Seniors


Hermosilla was an active artist and humanitarian who overcame enormous personal and physical obstacles to become known as “the father of Chilean realist printmaking.” He established the Printing and Drawing Department at the School of Fine Arts in Vina del Mar, Chile, where he was a Professor of Art for approximately 35 years until his resignation following the military coup in 1973. Together with his wife Marina Pinto, herself a sculptor and printmaker,Hermosilla continued to work as an artist and a writer, often writing poetry to accompany his drawings, woodcuts, etchings, and paintings.

Carlos Hermosilla Álvarez was an effective agent of change in the Chilean art community where he sought to shift the focus of Chilean art from subjects that appealed to elite tastes to a concern for working class people and populations considered to be “outsiders.” His subjects include fishermen, construction workers, mothers, miners, and also the Mapuche Indians, a population of native Chilean people who managed to elude the Spanish conquistadors in the 1500’s. The Mapuche remain distanced from Chilean society, and their culture and ancestral lands are still in peril in the twenty-first century.

Like Hermosilla, Colin Matthes, a Milwaukee-based artist, makes interdisciplinary work that addresses economic and environmental crisis. He uses bold drawn, painted, and printed imagery that mirrors his environment while also inciting awareness of current socio-political causes. Though his content is often serious, Matthes considers himself an “engineer of the absurd” who investigates today’s issues from a humorous, critical, and perversely industrious point of view.

About his upbringing, Colin Matthes says:

“I grew up in an old farmhouse a mile away from a village with three bars, a post office, and the world’s greatest junk parade. Installing temporary electrical wiring at small town county fairs and trailer parks, punk and zines formed the way I make things and view the world. Lately I’ve been bringing my infant daughter too close to bears, making graphics for activist campaigns, working a slew of jobs, and visualizing my own versions of ‘essential knowledge’.”

Matthes examines printmaking as a democratized art form that was once preferred as a means of easily and economically duplicating and disseminating images to the public. Though his work references these goals of traditional printmaking, he deftly combines media to address a contemporary tendency toward pastiche and bricolage; a layering of imagery that is a realistic representation of the ways we digest content today.

Together, Matthes and Hermosilla open a fresh dialogue with traditional printmaking as a longstanding method of distributing ideas historically rooted in political movements. Though the two are distanced by nearly sixty years, the similarities in their depictions of humanity and the ways we live, suffer, and achieve give us pause to wonder if we’ve come as far as we would like to think.

We thank Milwaukeean Liliana Hermosilla Rosenthal and her family for loaning her uncle Carlos’ work to this exhibition.



Yoga at the Allis!

Every other Monday | 6:30 - 7:30 P.M.

All levels welcome! $10 suggested donation

May 1st - Emily Schubot

May 15th - Alyssa Konda

June 5th - Emily Schubot

June 19th - Alyssa Konda

July 10th - Jo Gassner

July 24th - Lauren Marie


August 7th - Emily Schubot

August 21st - Alyssa Konda

September 11th - Jo Gassner

September 25th - Lauren Marie



plein air


Art in the City
Plein Air MKE 2017

May 11-21, 2017

Join us as up to 75 acclaimed artists paint and compete for over $6,000 in prizes along the Milwaukee Museum Mile in Milwaukee's historic East Side. Our inaugural event last year brought thousands of people to the Mile in May, showcasing some of the best painters from around the Midwest and exposing new audiences to our museums and to all the East Side has to offer.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the Art in the City Soirée for the artwork judging, artist awards and art sale at the Museum of Wisconsin Art at Saint John's On The Lake. This year the Chris Hanson band will play as we celebrate art, artists and the Milwaukee Museum Mile. Proceeds will benefit the MMM museums.
Members get in free to the Soiree. More info and additional tickets at

Art in the City Plein Air MKE 2017


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