Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)
Frederick Layton Gallery (downstairs)
273 East Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
October 19 – December 8, 2012
Note: This platforming project encouraged public use of the exhibition space by students, faculty and staff at MIAD in tandem to the professional creative community as an open forum on artists development and cultural exchange. 
MKE<->LAX at MIAD is a platforming project in the form of an exhibition embedded within the overarching, multiple year initiative of the same name. The exhibition turned MIAD’s Frederick Layton Gallery into an incubator for cultural exchange that aims to promote awareness and empathy both regionally and nationally. The exhibition featured artists with Milwaukee roots who have spent time in Los Angeles through residency programs or relocation, many of whom are MIAD alumni and faculty. The exhibition offered opportunities to spend time in discussion around core questions raised by MKE<->LAX such as the value of critique, networking, mentorship, residency, fundraising and professional practice. The participants in the exhibition are motivated by cultural and physical geography and the effect it has on art production. 
MKE<->LAX investigates cultural exchange between two American regions, with Milwaukee and Los Angeles as epicenters, through residencies and public programs. Under the direction of Sara Daleiden, the initiative’s goal is to expand the discussion about cultural exchange across the boundaries that typically isolate ideas regionally. MKE<->LAX’s base intent is to move between regions to ask questions about the influence location, size, market, cultural values and other regional factors have on production of the arts and cultural identity.
The exhibition is generated by MKE<->LAX initiative director Sara Daleiden. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with artist as MIAD Director of Galleries Mark Lawson, artist as exhibition designer Harvey Opgenorth, artist as project consultant Jessica Steeber and artist as platforming protégé Ashley Janke. 
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Exhibition Walk-Through by Andrew Swant


Exhibition participants:

Nina BednarskiPaul DrueckeMark EscribanoThomas EvertsNicholas FrankAshley JankeJena LeeMcCaw BudsbergHarvey OpgenorthCat Pham and Special Entertainment.

The exhibition participants are interdisciplinary researchers who respond to fine art and commercial markets. Disciplinary arenas represented include visual art, performance, film, music, architecture, animation, product design, communication design, and critical writing, as well as other related cultural investigations. 
This exhibition was an interation of the experimentation with gallery space started by New Exchanges at MIAD in early 2012. 


Exhibition didactics: 

In progress: Ashley Janke paints the MKELAX logo in the exhibition space.


Public programs:

Public programs are embedded within exhibition project. A series of informal and formal professional development programs and conversations based in work by exhibition participants and the organizers will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition. All programs are free and held in the Frederick Layton gallery unless otherwise indicated. 

Past scheduled public programs include:       
MIAD Parent/Partner Day Roundtables: Ask Me About Working With…
Saturday, October 20, 1-4pm.
Roundtable discussions in the gallery with artists and designers participating in the exhibition, many of whom are MIAD alumni and faculty. Discussions surround development of a sustainable creative practice with examples from Milwaukee and Los Angeles. Facilitated by Sara Daleiden, director of MKE<->LAX, two cycles of three 30-minute discussion sessions will be offered for visitors to ask questions directly of the professionals. 
Sara Daleiden: Freelance Practice
Jena Lee: Artists’ Development Support
Harvey Opgenorth: Exhibition Production
Thomas Everts: Movie Industry
Shana McCaw: Artist Residencies
Cat Pham: Public Art and Architecture 
Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) Workshop: Fundraising I and II
October 25 and November 1, 6-9pm, $40.
Presented by Sara Daleiden in collaboration with MARN; learn creative fundraising during challenging economic times. To register, visit
MKE<->LAX at MIAD is supported in part by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund. 

The Frederick Layton Gallery at MIAD is located in the college’s Jane Bradley Pettit Building, 273 E. Erie Street, in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with the exception of school holidays. More information about building hours is available at Admission is free.

For press inquiries, please contact: Vivian Rothschild, Director of Communications, MIAD:414-847-3239 and

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