Book donation drive through March 10

Donate books.

In conjunction with the exhibition The San Quentin Project, The Milwaukee Art Museum is collecting books for the incarcerated people in our community. The book drive continues through March 10, 2019, through the run of the exhibition The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor
and the Men of San Quentin State Prison.

Books most needed:

  • LGBTQ nonfiction and fiction
  • Dictionaries (English)
  • Almanacs
  • How-tos on drawing and art making
  • Books in Spanish for native speakers
  • African American, Latinx, and Native American history or nonfiction
  • Contemporary fiction (especially urban fiction, crime fiction, and thrillers)
  • Mythology and alternative spirituality
  • Recent editions of textbooks

Books should be free of markings, in new or used condition. Softcover books
are preferred, but we are able to distribute hardcover books to institutions
that allow them.

Books can be donated in Windhover Hall at collection points near the admissions desks at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Thank you for your contributions.


Remembering Joe Ketner

Joseph D. Ketner II, who was chief curator at the Museum from 2005 to 2008 (when David Gordon was the director), died earlier this month after a battle with cancer. Many of you may have seen the article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by Mary Louise Schumacher.

Joe_topThough I did not know Joe personally, he left an indelible imprint on this institution: he enriched our collection with works by Sol LeWitt, Nam June Paik, and Amy Sillman, among others, and brought to Milwaukee ambitious exhibitions on Bruce Nauman, Francis Bacon, and Andy Warhol.

Prior to his tenure at the Museum, Joe, a specialist in modern and contemporary art, was the Henry and Lois Foster Director at the Rose Art Museum, at Brandeis University, and director of the Washington University Gallery of Art, in St. Louis. For the past ten years, he was the Lois and Henry Foster Chair of Contemporary Art Theory and Practice at Emerson College, in Boston.

We are the institution we are because of the people who paved the way before us, and it is an honor to count Joe Ketner among the Museum’s distinguished leaders.

For those who wish to pay their respects, the family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Joseph D. Ketner II Memorial Fund to benefit Emerson Urban Arts.


Marcelle Polednik, PhD
Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director

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Our resolution in 2018 is to help you keep your resolutions.

Every year, millions of Americans make resolutions to start on New Year’s Day.

The Milwaukee Art Museum always wants to inspire you. But your art museum also wants to inspire you to reach your goals this year.