For the best overview of this project go to the website dedicated to the Menomonee Valley Artist Residency.

Click here to get to it.

This page provides a brief description of the project and a thorough index of links to image galleries, blog posts, press, and other related sites.


Menomonee Valley Partners, in association with Zimmerman Architectural Studios, established a pilot Artist in Residency program for the calendar year 2014. It was my honor to have been selected as the inaugural resident.

The purpose of the pilot program was to use art to activate the potential of the Menomonee Valley as a symbol of urban revitalization; to foster relationships and create cultural connections; and to stimulate an exchange of ideas about the Menomonee Valley, its history, its future, and its place as a dynamic and vital part of the fabric of Milwaukee, a place where economic and community development is integrated with parks and natural areas.

During the year I photographed widely throughout the valley. The work falls into two broad categories: The environment and the people. Along with the photographs I wrote a series of stories, essays and profiles of people who work in the Valley. These have been posted on my two blogs: Urban Wilderness and Arts Without Borders. Links to all of them are below.


A sample of images: Menomonee Valley gallery.

A more extensive selection of images on flickr.

Portfolio of images from Palimpsest: The Transformation of the Menomonee Valley.

Portfolio of earlier Menomonee Valley images on flickr.

Portraits from the opening of 3 Bridges Park on MVP page.

Bike to Work Week portraits on flickr.

Images of 5 Menomonee Valley 2.0 Master Plan sites on Flickr: St. Paul Avenue, I-94 & Clybourn, Pierce & Bruce Streets, The East End, and Basel Ryan.


Gallery night open house, July 25: read invitation. Introductory announcement

Interview on WUWM: click here. announcement: click here.

Clean Rivers, Clean Lakes Conference Featured Artist announcement

Article in WauwatosaNOW

In Gratitude: A seasonal message, Dec. 16.

Review in Art City of exhibit at Walker's Point Center for the Arts, July 2015.


Considering Thoreau

Why have an Artist in Residence in the Valley?

At midwinter: The rebirth of the Menomonee Valley

Construction Season: Reframing the Menomonee Valley

Nature and Community: Reviving the spirit

You can help plan the future of the Memonee Valley

Canal Street and placemaking in the Menomonee Valley

Bearing Witness

Why I am here: On beauty in the Menomonee Valley


Down by the Riverside: Art and Activism in Milwaukee


Bad debt is good business!

Meter Hero wants to help you conserve water & energy

Brass Light Gallery: A beacon in the Menomonee Valley

Growing with the Menomonee Valley

The Fund for Lake Michigan: supporting restoration and innovation

Hanging Gardens: green roofs, stormwater management and bioremediation

Ruby and the Tree: Growing with 3 Bridges Park


Cross-country in the heart of the city

Photo Phenology

Denis Sullivan leaves winter harbor

The Menomonee River gets its annual makeover

Taking a Chance on 3 Bridges Park

Biking to work in the Menomonee Valley

Herons roost in the Menomonee Valley

Planting day at 3 Bridges Park: A photo essay

Celebrating a sunless solstice morning

Photo phenology revisited: 3 Bridges Park

Mayor Barrett takes a walk in 3 Bridges Park

Kayaking the Menomonee with Mke Riverkeeper

Cargill sculpture park

Photo Phenology 3: A photo essay