The Underground Collaborative began three years ago. My colleague Matt Kemple and two others had a dream of developing an artistic enclave with theater, recording studio, dance studio, art studio and more. That collaboration fell apart. A year and a half ago, I entered the scene. Immediately seeing the potential, I began with installing my work and started planning the Gallery collaborative.
Our mission is to promote local artists both professional and amateur. We draw patrons through Milwaukee Comedy, Matt”s company and through gallery events. I also started a relationship with The Quasimondo Theater, located across from T.J. Max in the Grand Avenue Mall. Making many connections with other theater and art people benefits all of us.
I got seven artists together who are committed to developing a professional gallery. We have a number of challenges. The biggest one and the focus of this loan is to get gallery lighting for the 9,000 square feet in The U.C. Future goals are to renovate the theater and increase attendance for event throughout the entire U.C.
The Art Gallery Collaborative is very proud of the professional advertising our portrait artist created. In four months we sold $1,000 worth of art. We are off to a good start!