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Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

A contemporary art space for teaching and learning

The Northwestern Mutual Gallery at Cardinal Stritch University is a visual arts gallery focusing on contemporary art and design in a wide range of media. Three curated exhibitions per year plus additional experimental and emerging art shows compliment the annual Senior Exhibition and biannual Faculty Exhibition. The gallery seeks to actively participate in Milwaukee’s visual art culture by providing exhibition opportunities to local artists and hosting openings and ancillary events that are free and open to the public.

Housed within the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Cardinal Stritch University, the gallery provides aesthetic experiences and supplemental research opportunities to the campus community, to facilitate and serve the educational goals of the institution.

The Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery is located in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts on the Cardinal Stritch University Campus in Fox Point, a lakeside suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


For additional information or questions, please call (414) 410-4107


For additional information or questions, please call (414) 410-4107

Gallery Exhibition

Rise and Thrive: A Lives in Landscape™ Exhibit

April 6-May 10, 2021


  • Tuesday-Friday: Noon-4 p.m.
  • Saturdays: By appointment between 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Limited to 14 Visitors at a time, masks and social distancing required.

Community Connections: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Poetry Month

Rise and Thrive: A Lives in Landscape™ Exhibit is a social justice project that celebrates the indomitable spirit of survivors of sexual violence. Through landscape paintings, short films, and powerful survivor-written narratives, this exhibit honors their stories of healing, resilience, and hope.

Featuring the work of 12 creative writers and 3 community artists, including Cardinal Stritch University alumni Brianna Joy Seipel (’14) and Michael Snowden (’19).

This project is part of LOTUS Legal Clinic’s survivor empowerment program and is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. The project is also supported by the Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2017/2018-VO-01-15208 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime.

Brianna Joy Seipel is a Milwaukee-based artist, designer, and curator whose colorful oil paintings explore our connection to the outdoors and the power of wild spaces to heal, inspire and transform.

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Michael Snowden is an independent photographer and filmmaker who approaches every project with a lens of compassion and curiosity. He is also the founder of Evelyn’s Angel – a nonprofit that advocates, trains and provides individually curated care for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

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Austin M. Reece is Director of Survivor Empowerment at LOTUS Legal Clinic and Lecturer in Philosophy at Mount Mary University. He co-edits Untold Stories magazine, a literary art journal for survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking, and facilitates trauma-informed writing workshops for youth and adults across the state of Wisconsin.

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LOTUS Untold Stories is an educational, social, and legal justice program that includes writing
workshops, public readings, an art showcase, and a literary magazine to support and promote
the voices of survivors of sexual trauma–domestic violence, sexual abuse, assault, stalking, and
trafficking. Untold Stories generates visual and literary art that heals survivors, brings
awareness and understanding. It stands for the belief that personal transformation, empathic
connection, and catharsis through art are a necessary part of empowering survivors to become
agents of systemic change.


Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts
Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N. Yates Road. Milwaukee, WI 53217


Tuesday-Friday: 12 - 4 p.m.

Saturday: By appointment between 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Please call (414) 410-4107 for an appointment.

Sunday-Monday: Closed


Admission is free