My name is Brooklyn Henke, and I am an illustrator, designer, artist, and art educator at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Work Samples

  • Bugs and Beasts

  • Murals

Work History

Education: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2010-2013 MFA Drawing & Painting Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design 2005-2009 BFA Drawing & Painting Academic Positions: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee August 2011- Present Teacher of Record- Drawing 101 & 2D Concepts Teaching the development and expansion of seeing through the drawing discipline in black and white media, as well as introduction to basic design concepts and elements through traditional drawing and painting materials. Marquette University Summer 2011-2012 Taught Drawing for Dentistry students as part of the HCOP (Health Care Opportunity Program) to students who were either first generation in the country or from a disadvantaged background. Students were second or third year undergrad biology and chemistry students. This was part of CSEP (College Science Enrichment Program) and PESP (Pre-Enrollment Support Program). Creative Positions: Skylight Music Theatre & Milwaukee Chamber Theate August 2010-June 2011/(Present) Scenic Painter at Skylight Music Theatre. Painted theatrical sets and props in accordance with the scenic designers technical drawings and painting elevations, which changed for every show in the season. Became experience in methods of color reproduction, texture, and the aesthetic aging process. Worked with a crew of set builders, designers, technical directors, and other artists and became versed in working with faux plaster, wood, metal, theatrical paints, glazing, and finishing. Brooklyn Henke Studios May 2009-Present Design and execution of a variety of commercial and private works. Clients include Hotel Metro, Danny Vegh’s, Laughlin Constable, Aurora Sinai, Beechwood Distributors, RCS, Artistic Finishes, Tim Haglund Studios, The Great Pumpkin Patch, and Horny Goat Brewery. Worked as Executive Director, Promotional Expert, Creative Director, and Mural Painter. Milwaukee Public Museum Jan 2009-June 2009 Designed and painted a mural (10 ft x 12 ft) as an intern on the floor during museum hours for the 125th anniversary. Interacted with students groups, families, and the general public and assisted in the education department in answering questions and explaining the mural process. Illustrated a number of works to be sold in the gift shop. Exhibition: 2013- UWM MA/MFA Show- Milwaukee, WI 2012- “Album Cover of the Year” 88.9 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards, WI 2012- Racine, WI Artists Council Gallery- “Laws of Nature” 2012- WI Bayview Gallery Night Milwaukee, WI 2012- Gallery Night- Hotel Metro Milwaukee, WI 2010-Utrecht 2nd Honorable Mention in Drawing 2010- Elaine Erickson Group Show- “Rooted in Nature” Milwaukee, WI 2010- One Night Event at Pfister w/ artist Katie Musolff Milwaukee, WI 2010-Cedarburg Plein Air Cedarburg, WI 2010- MARN Treasure Hunt, Milwaukee, WI 2009-Present- Elaine Erickson Gallery Milwaukee, WI 2009- Milwaukee Public Museum 125th Anniversary Mural WI 2009- Cedarburg Wine Harvest, WI 2009- Cedarburg Plein Air Event, WI 2009- MIAD Senior Thesis Show, WI 2009- Milwaukee Art Museum Group show “After Dark” Event, WI 2008- Art Riot Group show at “The Social” in Milwaukee, WI 2007- MIAD Group show, WI 2006- MIAD Group show- Artwork from Florence trip, WI Murals, Collections, & Commissions: -Illustrated Ayn Rand’s A Christmas Carol by Kurt Hartwig -Illustrated Polite Fictions: Fairy Tales, Eaggerations, and Other Simple Stories for Long, Cold Nights Among Questionable Company by Kurt Hartwig -Album Cover artwork for Into Arcadia -President of Paraguay -Vice President of Paraguay -Milwaukee Public Museum -Hotel Metro, Milwaukee, WI -Aurora Sinai Medical Center -Beechwood Distributors -The Tase Family, presented to the President and Vice President of Paraguay -Danny Vegh’s for Cleopatra Exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum -Horney Goat Brewing Company -The Powers Family -The Stuart and Zoe Parsons Family -The Cassady Family -The Witte Family -“The Nest” writing studio -Laughlin Constable -The Peters Family -RCS -The Megna Family -The Gordon Family -The Dzblinski Family Publications & Press: 6th Annual RadioMilwaukee Music Awards Album Cover of the Year, 2012 "Diverse Music for a Diverse City." Murals in the Making/Make Milwaukee. 889 Radio Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI, 27 Feb. 2012. Brooklyn Henke, Murals in the Making/Make Milwaukee 2012 Week 9. Web. 18 Sept. 2012. <>. Jordan, Courtney. "Rhino by Brooklyn Henke." Artist Daily. N.p., 5 Nov. 2010. Web. 18 Sept. 2012. "Milwaukee Public Museum." 125th Anniversary. Milwaukee Public Museum, 2009. Web. 18 Sept. 2012. <>. Shultz, Amy. "Milwaukee Public Museum to Unveil Mural at 125th Anniversary Celebration." N.p., 10 June 2009. Web. 18 Sept. 2012. <>. Published Writings: Henke, Brooklyn. "One Piece at a Time: A Fresh Take on Caillebotte." ThirdCoast Digest. Art. News. Life. N.p., 27 July 2012. Web. 18 Sept. 2012. <>. Henke, Brooklyn. “Laws of Nature”, Racine Artists Council Gallery. 2012 Service & Outreach: UWM Department of Art & Design: Participated in UWM’s Open Studio (2011 & 2012) UWM-Artathon- an annual event that gives Art and Design first year and transfer students a very different perspective on what is possible as an art or design major. (2011-2012) UWM- Foundations Exhibition- Juror to help students pick their strongest work (2012) Artwork Donation: “Fire! Riverwest Artists Fundraiser”- Donated artwork (2012) “Guitars for Vets” - Donated artwork (2011) “Feed Your Soul”- Donated artwork (2009, 2010) Milwaukee Artist Resource Center- MARN treasure hunt (fundraiser)- donated artwork (2010) UWM Department of Art & Design: Guest speaker- Invited by Provost David Martin to speak to sophomores at MIAD about painting major, artworks, personal experiences and advice for the future. 2011-2012 Guest Speaker- MIAD- Parents and Partner day- Invited to speak on a panel of recent MIAD grads about “life after MIAD” 2011 Urban Ecology Center- Volunteered for Prairie Restoration and painted educational diagrams of the Metamorphosis of Frogs Professional Development: Spring 2012- “Macroinvertabrates of the Freshwater Systems” at the School of Freshwater Sciences at UWM (Audited) Participated in UWM’s TA & Teacher of Record training 2011 & 2012 2010 through present Artists Now! Lecture series talks attended at UWM: Laura Nova “Runner Up” Bill Lucas- “Spreading the practice of human-centered design” Jan-Ru Wan-“Re-Materialization: Creativity through Found Materials” Hank Willis Thomas Emmanuel Pratt- “Work, Intuition, and Practice” Attended “Alliance for Children and Families” keynote address by Geoffrey Canada discussing education models for education reform combining educational, medical, and social services impacting children from birth through college. (2010)


  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    • MFA Drawing & Painting
    • 2011 - 2013
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

    • BFA Drawing & Painting
    • 2005 - 2009



MARN member, FATE member, MIAD, UWM, Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Pabst Theatre