Discover A World Of Art At Saint John’s

Artwalk To Showcase Saint John’s Collection

What do you get when you combine 155 years of art lovers, connoisseurs and aficionados? A significant collection of truly remarkable artwork! These generous individuals have shared their discerning appreciation of fine art and have been instrumental in the establishment of our impressive collection on display on the Town Center.

Saint John’s had a vision of creating a curated Artwalk to highlight and showcase Saint John’s art collection to be completed in time for the Third Ward Association’s Fall Gallery Night MKE scheduled for October 20-21. The undertaking of this project has included a full eight months of photography, research, appraisal and cataloging of over 619 works of art. Managed by Erin Burke, Saint John’s Director of LifeStreams, the project is on target to meet the deadline.

Erin notes, “Preserving and documenting Saint John’s art portfolio and collection is very important. As we work through this project, we are gathering stories, historic documents and information that will live with us for generations to come. The Artwalk will offer a peek into the collection and celebrate the beauty and vibrancy that is Saint John’s On The Lake. We honor the creativity and expression of the artist as they draw out emotions when you walk these halls.” The archive will be a living document that will be updated with each new work donated and catalog the movement of art through our campus.

Each piece and/or collection has a unique QR code transporting the individual into Saint John’s catalog of art which is searchable by artist and collection. The catalog will also guide the visitor to the location on Saint John’s campus where the art is currently on display.


For quick access to the Saint John’s Artwork Archive, use one of the following:
<< On a desktop computer or laptop, scan the QR Code with your phone.
–– On a mobile device, Click Here.





Gallery Night to Highlight MOWA Exhibit

Attendees will also enjoy the professionally curated exhibit of MOWA On The Lake, the satellite site of the Museum of Wisconsin Art, located in Saint John’s Museum Gallery and open to the public daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.


On exhibit: September 1 – December 3

Metaphorically and literally they were dark days. A global pandemic brought untold misery to millions, and lockdowns and social distancing became ways of life. Physical contact was fraught with danger. Showing remarkable commitment and perseverance, every day from September 2020 to September 2021, four Milwaukee photographers: Phyllis Bankier, Heather Ho, Diane Rychlinski and Kathy Smith, rose before dawn to photograph the Milwaukee County shoreline as the sun rose. They had two goals: to (safely) maintain the precious human contact that they craved, and to capture another unique day emerging from the gloom.

The resulting photographs cover the Milwaukee shoreline from Doctor’s Park to the north, to Bender Park in the south. Despite being a densely populated area, humans rarely appear, but their physical impact upon the ever-changing Milwaukee skyline looms large. This dearth of humans helps underscore the motivation of the project and the value of life and human connection at a time when both were in jeopardy. Ultimately the photographs possess a quietude rarely appreciated by most people, and also a timelessness – Lake Michigan was there long before humans existed and it will ultimately survive us all.


Bradford Beach  (above)
June 8, 2021, 6:10 a.m.
Phyllis Baker


Lakeshore State Park  (above)
January 20, 2021, 7:30 a.m.
Kathy Smith