Nov 03 2022


6:00 pm


$Give What You Can

Performance and Artist Talk featuring Douglas Ewart *IN PERSON*

In conjunction with Then as Now: Woodland Pattern 1980–2022

Photo of Douglas Ewart with his studio behind him showing musical instruments.

In person at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design's Community Auditorium & Gallery (Room 160), 273 E. Erie St.

Douglas Ewart has long been honored for his work as a composer, improvising multi-instrumentalist, conceptual artist, sculptor, and maker of instruments and masks. Ewart was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1946, and immigrated to Chicago in 1963. There he studied with the master musicians of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians—an organization he later served as chairman, at different intervals from 1979–87 and into the millennium. He is the founder of Arawak Records and is the leader of ensembles such as the Nyahbingi Drum Choir, Quasar, Clarinet Choir, and Douglas R. Ewart & Inventions.

Ewart’s work as a designer and creator of instruments and kinetic sonic sculptures has been exhibited in venues such as Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. He has also performed at venues around the world and across the US, and his many accolades include a US–Japan Creative Arts Fellowship, a Bush Artists Fellowship, and multiple Minnesota Composers Forum/McKnight Foundation fellowships and Jerome Foundation grants. He now resides in Minneapolis and is an emeritus professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has taught since 1990.



Registration is required for in-person event attendance, as is a nominal ticket donation to hold seats. Attendance is limited to 20 audience members. Masks are required. Thank you for helping to keep our staff and community safe. Each attendee must register individually.



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