Our Current Exhibition
The Diviner’s Eyes: A Visual Art Collection By: Muneer Bahauddeen
Exhibition | January 17 – March 31
Opening Reception | Gallery Night MKE | Friday, January 17 | 5pm – 7pm
Community Celebration with the Artist | Thursday, March 19 | 5pm – 8:30pm
Muneer Bahauddeen is a nationally recognized ceramicist, muralist, sculptor, and visual artist. He specializes in creating large scale public works projects throughout the Milwaukee area, often with the participation of members of the community. He is well known for his work with adinkra symbolism, an abstract art that is based on culture, politics, and religion used extensively in fabrics and pottery among the Akan people, an ethnic group native to the Ashanti Region of modern-day Ghana.
Born in Chicago in 1949, Muneer discovered his passion for art in an elementary school art class in Bay City, Michigan during the 1950s. He received a fine arts degree in ceramics and print making from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1985. He credits his art teachers for nurturing his passion to create art. He moved to Milwaukee in the 1990 where he and his wife taught art at University School of Milwaukee. In 1999, Muneer left full-time teaching to pursue his own career as an artist. He has continued working with many local schools and community organizations including Arts at Large, Express Yourself Milwaukee, and Our Next Generation.
Muneer’s public artwork includes "Ogun's Rooster" at the Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago, "Song of Sandiata" Set Design for the Ko-Thi Dance Company production at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, "Africa", a ceramic tile installation of Egungun/Ancestors at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the "Pleasant Ridge African American Project" at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, Wisconsin, and ceramic mural installations in the Froedtert Hospital Cancer Center, Northside YMCA, and the 5 Points Arts Gallery in Milwaukee. His distinctive ceramic tiles and the tiles made by workshop participants in his Washington Park neighborhood studio can be seen in Amaranth Bakery, community centers, parks, and on wooden posts scattered around Milwaukee.
“I would consider myself a community-based public artist. The medium I use to allow the community to express themselves through art is ceramics. I lead workshops in which I ask participants to write what they want: what they visualize for themselves, for their families, and for their community. Then I give them clay to texturize, and they make their own tiles. To have art in the community is absolutely necessary because art is such a healing force. With art, you can have it all.”
~ Muneer Bahaudden