Art Exhibits – Next Act Theatre

Art Exhibits

Your overall theatre experience is expanded with art exhibits in our lobby gallery. Please be sure to arrive early to check out these artists’ beautiful work.

Curator James Toth creates a unique collection of works to complement each Next Act production.


HERITAGE PRIDE STRENGTH

The portraits of Ras ‘Ammar Nsoroma

September 22 – October 16, 2022
Curated by James Toth

We thrilled to be able to feature the artwork of Milwaukee artist Ras ‘Ammar Nsoroma. His vibrant, energetic portraits represent just one aspect of his work as a muralist and mixed media painter. In 2000, two of his murals were nominated for inclusion in the book, Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals. In 2019 he was honored as a Nohl Fellow and in 2020 was named a Milwaukee Arts Board Artist of the Year. He has painted more than forty murals, including pieces in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. as well as many in Milwaukee.

Ras ‘Ammar, a Milwaukee native,  graduated from the Milwaukee High School of the Arts in 1985 and continued his studies at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work centers around the spiritual, cultural, and political consciousness of the African Diaspora. In it he captures the strength and pride of his subjects through a bold use of color and collaged materials. Working large, his pieces have an undeniable presence that require an in-person viewing to fully appreciate. I am pleased we will be able to provide just that for those coming to see KILL MOVE PARADISE by James Ijames.

For more information about Ras ‘Ammar Nsoroma, including in-depth interviews, please visit:

UWM Peck School of the Arts

The History Makers

Jim Toth is a retired art educator, now in his sixth season as Next Act’s volunteer gallery curator.

You hold the master keys to your destiny, forged in the fires of your soul. Will it be spirituality or revolution? Or both?
Oya With Dragon Tattoo
Oshun in Power Dance

Exhibit Hours

The art exhibit opens Thursday, September 22, and is open to the public Monday through Friday, noon to 5 pm, and through the start of any performance.

Additional Information

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