Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council
3900 West Brown Deer Road, Suite A PMB 130
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209
For 40+ years, the Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair has been a downtown Milwaukee destination for locals and visitors alike. The fair is organized and hosted by the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council to continue its mission in providing access to quality crafts as a key part of the state’s rich cultural life.
Expect to see the best from 130+ artists chosen from among hundreds that apply. The Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair showcases art to wear and art for the home in ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, photography, wood, and other media.
The Morining Glory Fine Craft Fair is juried, and held yearly on the second weekend in August in downtown Milwaukee’s performing arts district. The outdoor venue takes advantage of Milwaukee’s Riverwalk, spanning the grounds of the Marcus Center with its lovely grove of mature chestnut trees and spreading east across Water St. to Red Arrow Park, a city park that adjoins a popular café and has a clear view to City Hall. Visitors can take in more than 130 artist booths as they make their way around the show.
The beginnings of the Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair go back 39 years, when Margaret Rahill, the former Curator of the Charles Allis Art Museum, and Leslie Brockel, a former board member of the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council, came up with an idea for an art fair on the grounds of the museum. The name “Morning Glory” was chosen because the traditional plantings of morning glory vines would be in full bloom in mid-August in the Allis garden areas where the fair was originally staged.
The Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair was held at the Charles Allis Art Museum from 1975 to 2001.