Exhibition highlights Milo Arts at its 30th anniversary

In 2018, Milo Arts, housed in a former school building constructed in the 1890s, marked 30 years as a live/work space for artists in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood. To mark the occasion, resident Evan Primmer gave everyone living at Milo Arts a disposable camera, with expired film, no less, and asked them to capture slices of life inside the unique community throughout the year.

The curated results (37 photographs in all) will be displayed as “From the Outside In: Snapshots of Milo Arts by Those Who Lived & Worked There in its 30th Year,” opening this weekend at adjacent 934 Gallery. People, animals, interiors, exteriors, the dumpsters… the results clearly realize Primmer's vision.

Vision is what led to the establishment of Milo Arts in the 1980s. In the years since, its residents have helped shape the arts scene not just on the city's near north side, but throughout the area.

The show, which includes a museum of sorts displaying memorabilia from throughout Milo's history, is intended to both celebrate the space as a home and studio space for artists, but also acknowledge the structure and its history in the neighborhood, Milo resident and 934 Gallery director Abigail Hartung said.

In addition to a reception Friday, June 7, the gallery will observe open hours on Saturday, June 8, from noon to 3 p.m. On Saturday, June 15, from 1 to 5 p.m., the gallery will hold a panel discussion followed by tours of the Milo Arts building.