MOWA Comes to Downtown
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MOWA Comes to Downtown

Saint Kate Arts Hotel Rendering Lobby. Rendering by Stonehill Taylor. In late 2012 Laurie Winters left her post as a curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum , where she worked since 1997, and assumed the executive directorship of West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art [MOWA]. “By 2013 I knew that MOWA needed a presence across the state,” she says in an interview with Urban Milwaukee. Since 2011 the museum has organized exhibitions in a satellite gallery called MOWA on the Lake, located in the south tower of Saint John’s on the Lake, 1800 N. Prospect Ave. But Winters and her board wanted to expand to include a multipurpose space with accommodations for an onsite staff. Laurie Winters. Photo courtesy of MOWA. She says she “spoke with some institutions,” (which she declined to name) about partnerships, mergers, and other opportunities, but for various reasons they were not pursued. Then, in January, 2018, Greg Marcus asked her “to consult on a new arts hotel. I kept going to meetings as they figured out what an arts hotel would be,” Winters says. The Marcus Corporation was then in the planning stages of a wholesale renovation and rebranding of its InterContinental Hotel, 139 […]

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