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Letters to Sunny

Sunny #4 by Alex Katz is one of the most beloved pieces in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s collection. Many visitors make sure to visit Sunny every time they come into the galleries.

Image: Alex Katz, Sunny #4, 1971. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, M1975.143. Photo by John R. Glembin. © 2019 Alex Katz/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

Who wouldn’t love this sweet face?

While the Museum was closed, our artworks felt very lonely—and Sunny was no exception! When we heard how much he missed his regular visitors, we knew we had to do something. For the entire month of June, we opened the Museum’s mailbox to messages and drawings for Milwaukee’s most popular pup. 

Some of Sunny’s fans are other dogs.
This artist imagined Sunny running outside. It must be the dog days of summer because even the sun is a dog!
This beautiful rendering captures the texture of Sunny’s fur.
Sunny loves you, too! He thanks you for the valentines you sent with this drawing.
On extra warm days, Sunny’s tongue hangs extra low.
On even warmer days, Sunny goes for a dip in Lake Michigan.
Hope you’ll be able to see Sunny soon, Annie!
Of course, Sunny “signs” all his responses to his letters.

On behalf of Sunny, thank you for sending him such kind and lovely mail! 

Dianne Choie is the Youth & Family Programs Coordinator. She is responsible for the Museum’s ArtPack Station, runs the monthly Play Date with Art program for children to age 5, and teaches Studio Tour Workshops, Youth Studio Classes, and Summer Art Camps.

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