Board of Directors

Paula Kiely
Board Chair
City Librarian (retired)
Milwaukee Public Library

Samantha Pekarske
Vice Chair

Content Strategist

Standing Partnership

Mary Gute Witte


COA Youth & Family Centers 

Steve Dittman


Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association 

Vince Bushell


Riverwest Currents, Inc. 

Portia Cobb

Professor of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Greg L. Flegel
Milwaukee County

Matthew J. Hills


DeWitt LLP 

Ed Krishok

Attorney (retired)

Harley Davidson, Urban Ecology Center

Ck Ledesma

Milwaukee Arts Board 2022 Artist of the Year

Founder of Cosecha Creative Space

Howard Leu

Founder of ArtFluent, LLC

Margaret Rozga

Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2019–2021

Professor of English (retired)

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha

Nakeysha Roberts
Founder of Genre: Urban Arts
Photographer taking self-portrait in mirror with a dslr camera


Karen Campbell

Former Chair of Woodland Pattern Board of Directors 

Bill Embly

Writer, Community Member 

Karl Gartung

Co-founder of Woodland Pattern

Peter Goldberg

Attorney (retired)

Anne Kingsbury

Co-founder of Woodland Pattern

Robert Ragir


Jill Sebastian

Professor of Sculpture (retired)
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design



Jenny Gropp &
Laura Solomon
Executive Directors

Michael Wendt

Programming Director
Antonio Vargas-Nieto

Assistant Programming Director 

Alexa Nutile
Education Director
Marla Sanvick
Art Director 
Lewis Freedman
Book Center Manager 

Molly Hassler

Executive Assistant

Chuck Stebelton

Special Projects (at large)


Teaching Poets & Artists


Mikey Murry
Katie Bedolla
Jordan Blanco
LaDasia Bryant
Ajamou Butler
Nikki Janzen
George Jones
Jenna Koch
Liat Mayer   
CJ Scruton
Kathrine Yets



Kimberly Blaeser

Native Writers in the 21st Century Series

Brenda Cárdenas

Unwriting Borders Poetry Series

Karl Gartung


Nomka Enkhee
Ping Pong Book Club


Roberto Harrison 
Unwriting Borders Poetry Series 
Ae Hee Lee

#ALeetleMoment Interview Series

Siwar Masannat

Unwriting Borders Poetry Series


Jay Mollerskov 
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music 
Hal Rammel 
Alternating Currents Live Concert Series 
Nakeysha Roberts Washington

Genre: Urban Arts: Revolutionary Arts Criticism Residency

Takahiro Suzuki 
aCinema Film Series 
Janelle Vanderkelen 
aCinema Film Series

Volunteers & Interns

Jessica Baker, Beck Behnke, Sonia Bendre, Neeraj Bhogvalli, Olivia Brown, Julia Buskirk, Bill Embly, Oliver Krawczyk, Ae Hee Lee, Sophia Lefew, Mia Lucke, Alex Niemi, Benjamin Pelli, Sabine Peterka, Katya Ravie, Joey Reindl, Max Thiede, Allison Thompson, Jackie Valadez, Dalyn Ward, Mia Ward, Ed Werstein, Sarah Winans, Lilly Zbiegien, Yuchen Zhao

We acknowledge that in Milwaukee we live and work on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, and Menominee homelands along the southwest shores of Michigami, part of North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee, and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, and Mohican nations remain present. 

We further acknowledge the grave evil colonialism introduced to these lands ​through genocide as well as slavery, and also via racist and xenophobic ​beliefs, laws​, and practices that continue to inflict harm upon Black, brown, and Indigenous lives. We honor those who have lived—and do live, now—at these intersections of identity and experience, and are committed to the active dismantling of white supremacy.

Read our statement on racial justice

720 E. Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414 263 5001

Hours: Tues–Sun | 12-7 pm

Closed Mon

Building Accessibility: Despite the age of our physical location, and attendant limitations to access, Woodland Pattern is committed to making its programs and facilities available for as many as possible. Please call for more information.

Events Accessibility: Woodland Pattern is able to offer captioning services for its online events and with advanced notice can provide ASL interpretation for live events. Please contact us with accommodation requests and questions.

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