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Jason McDowell

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Jason McDowell spent most of his life in central Iowa until that fateful day in the new millennium when he packed his bags, kissed his mother good bye, and headed up to school at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. While at MIAD he studied graphic design animation and illustration, which combined his love for art with his desire to call attention to important issues.

After graduating, he ultimately realized that Milwaukee is the place to be and has lived in no fewer than five neighborhoods throughout the city.

In his free time he enjoys riding his bicycles, discussing the finer points of typography, discovering new and unusual music and walking his 11-year-old Beagle named Frutiger.

Currently Jason works as the creative director and occasional blogger for OnMilwaukee. He can also often be found in the bike lanes, on the bike trails, or near a bike rack.

Recent Articles
 Arts & Entertainment - April 14, 2017
 Milwaukee images you've never seen before
 Celebrate Milwaukee Day with these totally Milwaukee images. They are shareable, fun and perfect for 414 Day or any day! On, Milwaukee.
 Marketplace - January 26, 2017
 Sunrise over the bike: Fyxation unveils new custom-painted bicycle
 "The simplicity of the design and rich symbolism got our gears spinning, and it was only natural for us to express our support the best way we knew how, to design a bike around it."
 Living - January 3, 2017
 Fun with inflammatory polarizing statements
 Today the Riverwest Neighborhood Facebook Group succinctly mapped out what online conflicts look like after a user posted one inflammatory, polarizing statement.
 Marketplace - November 17, 2016
 A look at Black Diamond and Arc'teryx's seasonal hat offerings
 The unseasonable fall weather is great, but you know that the cold is coming. And that means it's time to look at personal insulation to keep your ears, head, and nose warm. Here are some winter hats and beanies that might be right up your alley.
 Sports - October 31, 2016
 8 reasons to check out a cyclocross race
 The free beer and brats is just the beginning. Cyclocross leads bike racers around short laps over mixed terrain - pavement, grass, mud, and snow ... check out this hot sport that spinning around the country and greater Milwaukee.
 Marketplace - September 29, 2016
 The only good part of having your "Catan" games stolen? Unboxing the new ones
 Two years ago, MIAD instructor Andy Bernier came back to his car to find his entire collection of "Settlers of Catan" - including a handmade game board - had been stolen. Now he's unboxing a newly acquired set. Watch it here!
 Sports - August 30, 2016
 Cyclocross and fat bike racing extend excitement in cycling season
 As the summer tan lines begin to fade, two bike racing series' aim to keep the mettle in the pedals for Wisconsin bike riders: the Cross-Shooshko Cyclocross race and the Wheel & Sprocket Hugh Jass fat bike series.
 Arts & Entertainment - August 6, 2016
 Winning Riverwest neighborhood sign revealed at Center Street Daze
 The Riverwest Neighborhood Association (RNA) is set to release the winner of its neighborhood sign redesign competition at Center Street Daze at 11:30 a.m. The final three designs were submitted by David Arnevik, Helene Feider and Allison Waller.
 Sports - July 21, 2016
 Updated: In light of petition, Trek insists they want Ray's MTB to reopen
 When we asked Dave Schlabowske, the deputy director of the Wisconsin Bike Federation, about the potential purchase of Ray's MTB Park by the Bike Fed, the outlook was not so good.
 Arts & Entertainment - July 14, 2016
 Internationally recognized street artist MTO adds art to Oriental's wall
 European graffiti and street artist MTO is known for portraits of American music, movies and pop icons. He is bringing his grayscale paints to Milwaukee to help raise funds for The Black Cat Alley via a massive mural on the Oriental Theatre.

Recent Podcasts
Music - May 7, 2008
 Shawn King talks about selling out to the McRib reporter Jason McDowell chats with DeVotchKa drummer and trumpet player Shawn King about the dangers of selling music for commercial use.
Length: 00:07:33
Arts and Entertainment - April 17, 2007
 Interview with artist Jessica Bayliss
Jessica discusses how she got into animation, her recent projects, and how long it takes to film two minutes of stop motion. Jessica will be showing her work starting April 20, 2007.
Length: 00:19:20
Arts and Entertainment - April 5, 2007
 Interview with artist Katie Musolff
Katie Musolff, an artist & portrait painter is located in Bay View. In her interview we find out how the artist can support herself in the Milwaukee scene through teaching, portraits, religious iconography, and contests and still find time for her personal work.
Length: 00:21:20
Arts and Entertainment - January 19, 2007
 Interview with artist Neil Kloppenborg
Neil and Jason discuss Neil's new gallery showing on Gallery Night featuring his work from the last three years.
Length: 00:10:04