Bio 

Anna Lu Siemsen is a multidisciplinary artist from Milwaukee, WI currently focusing in fashion design, videography, and photography. She graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Spring of 2021 with a BFA in New Studio Practice. Through her work she attempts to combine aspects of both her Chinese heritage and American childhood. Siemsen's artwork is an exploration of the Mid-Western landscape, family history, and the nostalgia of cherished photographs and heirlooms.

CV

Education

Fall 2013 - Spring 2017: Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fall 2017 - Fall 2019, Fall 2020 - Spring 2021: Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design - Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Spring 2020: Otis College of Art and Design - Los Angeles, California (AICAD Exchange Program)

 

Experience

August 2014 - August 2017: Redline Milwaukee Teen Residency Program - Milwaukee, WI 

August - December 2019: Teacher’s Assistant for Embroidery Workshop at St. Joan’s Antida High School

through the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design - Milwaukee, WI​​​​​​​

 

August 2021 - February 2022: Visitor Services Associate at the Charles Allis & Villa Terrace Museums -

Milwaukee, WI 

 

July 2021 - Present: Artist Residency with Plum Blossom Initiative/Bridgework Project 07 & Var West Gallery - Milwaukee, WI

http://cargocollective.com/plumblossominitiative/Bridge-Work-07

 

Awards

2017: Honorable Mentions in screen printing at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

2017: International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate at Rufus King High School

2017: International Baccalaureate Fine Arts Cord Recipient at Rufus King High School

Fall 2017 - Fall 2019, Fall 2020: Dean’s List at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Spring 2020: Dean’s List at the Otis College of Art & Design

Spring 2021: 6th Annual Grilled Cheese Grant: First Place Winner in Fashion Design & Photography

Spring 2021: Cum Laude Honors Student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 

 

Galleries

2016: “Escapism” Gallery at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts

 

2016: Redline Milwaukee Teen Resident Gallery at 10th Street Gallery

2017: Art Sale at “Community Sing” event for The Coffee House  

 

2017: Redline Milwaukee Teen Resident Annual Show at Redline Milwaukee

2017: Rufus King Senior Art Show at the Charles Allis Art Museum    

2017: International Baccalaureate Senior Art Show at Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School

2018: Student & Alumni Holiday Fair at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design  

2019: New Genre Collaboration Performance at the Lynden Sculpture Garden

2019: New Genre Collaboration Group Exhibition at the Mobile Design Box 

2019: “Singularity & Multiplicity: Ritual,” Gallery at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

2020: “Washington Heights Artists Front Yard Pop-up Sale,” Washington Heights neighborhood, Milwaukee, WI

2020: “Meeting in Between Pillars” Fall 2020 MIAD NSP Senior show at Between Two Galleries & Form Gallery

 

2021: "2021 MIAD Senior Exhibition" at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

https://seniorexhibition.miad.edu/2021/artists/anna-siemsen/

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=hHVjtAf499U&back=1

2021: "2021 Juried Senior Exhibition" at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design​​​​​​​

2021: "Harmony / Dissonance" at Var Gallery with Bridgework 07 & Plum Blossom Initiative

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=2HkJNJtGB6k

2021: Var Gallery Artists Collective Exhibition

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=6Fq73ANjxLK 

2022: Bridgework 07 Regional Show at UW-Oshkosh's Allen Priebe Gallery

2022: The 2021 Grilled Cheese Grant Finalist Show: "A Love Letter to the Heartland"

at the Walker's Point Center for the Arts

http://wpca-milwaukee.org/2022/05/gcg2021finalists/

 

Publications

2017: "Cognita Natura Fieldbook" for the Urban Ecology Center

 

2018: “Appalachian Elegy” for Studio Principles: Printmaking

 

2020: Junior Show Postcard Box at the Otis College of Art & Design

2021: “Sponge Magazine: Issue #1 - Spring 2021” Magazine (Co-Founder)

 

2021: "Take A Stroll and Enjoy the Art of the 2021 Grilled Cheese Grant Finalists" for 88.9 Radio Milwaukee

https://radiomilwaukee.org/story/community-stories/take-a-stroll-and-enjoy-the-art-of-the-2021-grilled-cheese-grant-finalists/

2021: "Fine Arts Senior Creates Clothing Collection Inspired by Her Chinese Culture and Identity" for the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 

https://www.miad.edu/fine-arts-senior-creates-clothing-collection-inspired-by-her-chinese-culture-and-identity

2021:"Sponge Magazine: Issue #2 - Childhood Nostalgia" Magazine (Co-Founder)

2021: "Meet Three Local Artists Clashing the Worlds of Harmony and Dissonance in an Exhibit"

https://radiomilwaukee.org/story/community-stories/meet-three-local-artists-clashing-the-worlds-of-harmony-and-dissonance-in-an-exhibit/

2022: Moody Magazine Issue #15

https://moodythezine.square.site/product/moody-issue-15/19?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false

2022: SABER Magazine: "In Focus" Artist Feature

https://www.sabermagazine.com/culture-wr/infocus-anna-siemsen