Art Institute of Wisconsin to open in Third Ward

The Art Institutes recently announced the opening of a new school, The Art Institute of Wisconsin, which will hold its first day of classes this fall.
The Art Institute of Wisconsin, the school system’s first location in the state, will occupy approximately 35,000 square feet of remodeled space at the P.H. Dye House at 320 E. Buffalo St. in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.
The school has begun enrolling students.
“The Art Institutes system of schools is attracted to regions which share an enthusiasm for the creative arts, and Wisconsin is no exception,” says John Mazzoni, president of The Art Institutes. “We believe that Milwaukee has a growing and evolving economy that complements the academic offerings The Art Institute of Wisconsin will provide students who are pursuing a creative arts career.”
Initially, The Art Institute of Wisconsin will offer bachelor’s degree programs in advertising, digital filmmaking and video production, fashion marketing, graphic design, interior design, media arts and animation, and web design and interactive media, as well as an associate’s degree program in graphic design.
“We are delighted to open our doors to prospective students this fall,” said William Johnson, newly-appointed president of The Art Institute of Wisconsin. “Our aim is to develop the school as a leading creative arts destination in Wisconsin, and to be a collaborative educational partner with the communities we will proudly serve.”
Johnson, a Menominee Falls resident, previously served as president of The Art Institutes schools in Minneapolis, Phoenix and North Hollywood.
“The increased number of people working at and attending The Art Institute of Wisconsin will have a significant and positive impact in the Third Ward and among our neighbors. We look forward to being a member of the Third Ward community,” Johnson said.
The Art Institute of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and is authorized by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board. For more information, visit

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