WMSE’s Art & Music Event Returns to the Historic Pritzlaff Building on February 9

MILWAUKEE – January 9, 2024 – Milwaukee’s own WMSE 91.7FM Frontier Radio is proud to announce the highly anticipated return of its seventh annual Art & Music event. Scheduled for Friday, February 9, 2024, at the historic Pritzlaff Building, this family-friendly and multi-sensory fundraiser presented by von Briesen & Roper, S.C. promises an unforgettable celebration of local artists and musicians.

Guests will enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to support the local art scene, acquire exclusive pieces, and immerse themselves in an evening of art, music, food, and entertainment. Art & Music will transform the Pritzlaff Building into a dynamic studio with an auction featuring more than 150 album-sized artworks.

The artwork is created by local artists who are provided with a 12”x12” birchwood board and no other instruction. “Just like WMSE, the art is free form. There are no rules,” says Music Director Sid McCain. Featured artists include Brett Newski, John Ripenhoff, Stanley Ryan Jones, Dara Larson, Tom Noll, Jeremy Novy, Carole Rode-Curley, and Okja Kwon.

The auction opens online on Monday, January 29, and closes at 10 p.m. during the event at the Pritzlaff Building on February 9.

The evening’s soundtrack will be curated by WMSE DJs Non-Pop! Radio who will play underground hip-hop and a mix of both familiar and deep-cut dance music.

Rounding out the musical entertainment are accomplished cellist Janet Schiff and percussionist Victor DeLorenzo, otherwise known as NINETEEN THIRTEEN. The avant pop duo will perform accompanied by a special art performance from the artist Luna.

“This year’s Art & Music event is poised to be a standout on Milwaukee’s cultural calendar in 2024,” shares Tom Crawford, WMSE Station Manager. “Our city’s vibrant arts and music scenes are the heartbeat of our community, and we’re thrilled to showcase them with this highly anticipated party.”

Art & Music is made possible by the generous support of its presenting sponsor von Briesen & Roper, S.C. and supporting sponsors Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), Great Lakes Distillery, and Explorium Brewpub. WMSE is also exceptionally grateful to its partners and collaborators Bliffert’s Hardware and Lumber, Music-Go-Round Greenfield, Pritzlaff Events, Aperitivo, Explorium Brewpub, Events by Design, Brett Waterhouse, and MSOE. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advanced tickets are available at WMSE.org/art-music

“Art & Music will be a Who’s Who event with exceptional musicians, artists and community leaders in attendance. Join WMSE 91.7FM in celebrating the vibrant creativity that defines Milwaukee’s arts and music community,” encourages Tom Crawford.

About WMSE
“Anti-established” in 1981, WMSE 91.7 FM – Frontier Radio has grown into Milwaukee’s truest and longest-standing music radio institution. A financially independent department of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), WMSE – with a 24-hour free-form format representing every musical genre – has been primarily funded by listening supporters and community partners since 1997. The station’s vision is to educate the listening community by providing a wide selection of musical programming not heard anywhere else in the market. WMSE is Milwaukee’s champion for the city’s diverse community of musicians and artists. For more information, visit www.wmse.org.

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