By Jim Owczarski Sports Editor Published Aug 30, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Time flies when you're having fun, so they say. They are right.

I'm coming up on six months now here at, but so much has been happening in the sports world I haven't quite been able to get to "everything" Milwaukee (which is probably selling the city a bit short in assuming it can all be taken in over 170-some odd days).

On my to-do list was a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

I've driven past it hundreds of times in the last six years I've been coming in and out of the city, but never once did I step inside. Shame on me, yes, but it was worth the wait.

I joined a tour this past weekend, and it couldn't have been a better experience. The staff was friendly, and the tour guide picked out some interesting pieces to highlight. She was not only knowledgeable but had some personality and fun facts about an artist or piece.

You can think, "Oh, of course he'll say that," but this guy was there and thought so, too.

He was a good guy to spend the afternoon with – very nice, approachable and very interested in the tour, the building and the art.

He was no doubt thrilled to be hanging with me, too, but the security detail did a good job in keeping the rest of the tour from bothering me too much. That was much appreciated.

The airy layout of the museum helped that, also. There was room to move around, stand far away and take in the whole exhibit (or piece, depending on its size). You were also able to get up close and look at some of the fine detail on many of the exhibits as well.

Due to some time constraints I didn't get to see the entire museum, which I think was the right decision the first go 'round – there will be new things to see the next time!

Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.

A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.

To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.

Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining

In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.

Golf aficionados who venture into Illinois have also read Jim in GOLF Chicago Magazine as well as the Chicago District Golfer and Illinois Golfer magazines.