By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Mar 18, 2021 at 2:29 PM

While the Milwaukee Art Museum has reopened to the public, the annual Art in Bloom and Lakefront Festival of Art will once again be held as virtual events in 2021.

Art in Bloom, which brings beautiful flowers into the galleries to complement the art, is typically held in April, and Lakefront Festival of Art is a June event.

This year, highlights will be shared virtually starting on April 22 for Art in Bloom and June 18 for Lakefront Festival of Art.

“We’re thrilled to welcome people back inside the Museum once again,” said MAM Deputy Director and Chief Experience Officer Robert Stein.

 “As the weather warms and vaccinations increase during the spring, we look forward to having visitors see even more of the  galleries, connecting together via virtual programs, and exploring the many outdoor options on the Museum grounds.”

Visitors can see curated collections of art from the wider museum, plus exhibitions, on the main and lower levels of Milwaukee Art Museum. Upper levels remain closed to the public.

Currently on view in the lower-level Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts is “Susan Meiselas: Through a Woman’s Lens,” which has been extended through April 11.
The show shares unseen work by documentary photographer Meiselas, as well as iconic series that the museum notes, “reflect the artist’s ongoing commitment to focusing on the lives and perspectives of women on the edges of the mainstream. Many of these pictures record the moment during which they were made, when women were asking important questions about gender equality and their roles at home, in politics, and in the world.”

You can also experience the show, and much more work – including the annual Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition (which closes on Sunday) – online at, where you can also find education and other resources for children, gallery tours and more.

In June, the Museum’s Baker/Rowland Galleries will host "Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820–1920," the first major exhibition exploring the influence of Spanish art and culture on American painting.

Stay tuned for more on that show as it nears.


Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.