Wisconsin Arts Lab, 2008-present

1422 North Vel Phillips Ave., Milwaukee, WI  53212


Wisconsin Arts Lab exists to enhance the vitality of a collective community by creating a hybrid creator space and co-working space where entrepreneurs, artists and writers thrive, learn and grow. Studios and gallery space available.

RedLine Milwaukee, 2009-2019

1422 North Vel Phillips Ave., Milwaukee, WI  53212



RedLine Milwaukee, a 501(c)(3), is an urban laboratory that seeks to nourish the individual practice of contemporary art and to stimulate the creative potential of the local community to which we are linked. Through residency, education, outreach, and challenging exhibition programs with a focus on socially relevant topics, RedLine inspires and impacts new generations of cultural and civic transformers.

What is RedLine?
RedLine Milwaukee was founded by local artists Lori Bauman and Steve Vande Zande in October, 2009. Goals of professional development, access, and social justice are met through RedLine’s Programs: Residency, Exhibition and Education. The three-story, 22,000-square-foot building includes exhibition space, artist studios, a community print shop and papermaking studio, a computer lab, and classrooms. Milwaukee’s only artist-in-residence program, RedLine houses ten emerging artists, five mentoring artists, a resource artist, six teen residents and several visiting artists annually. Additionally, RedLine connects artists with community organizations through workshops, classes, and outreach.

Frequently Asked Questions/Simple Answers


RedLine Milwaukee is a 501(c)(3) charitable art and education incubator with:

  •      artist studios
  •      socially relevant exhibitions
  •      education and outreach programs
  •      print shop,  papermaking studio, and dye lab


Exhibitions: We present at least 4 shows annually: a local, national, international, and RedLine exhibition.

Professional training for artists: a competitive residency program for emerging artists that provides studio space and mentoring with established local, national, and international artists.

Arts Education:

  •      art classes for local schools and organizations tailored to complement classroom studies
  •      mentoring for teens with RedLine artists
  •      access for all to unique arts programming: animation, photography, print and papermaking
  •      unpaid college internships for credit in graphic arts, art education, and print & paper studios
  •      unpaid college internships for credit in resource development and professional writing


The exhibitions and curriculum center around art that comments on social themes such as:

  •      sustainability
  •      urban agriculture
  •      race relations
  •      gender issues
  •     socioeconomic disparity