Each one of the 150+ parks in the Milwaukee County Parks system has its own distinct character; so we've teamed up with local artists, designers and illustrators to create some new, spectacular parks maps, each using their own distinctive artistic style.
Interested in taking part in Maptacular? We may be seeking 12 artists, designers or illustrators to create a park map in 2021. Applications are now open.
2019 Maptacular Artists
Cathedral Square Park
Designed by Monique Machut. Monique Machut is an illustrator based in Wisconsin. She graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in illustration. Monique works primarily digitally – focusing on bright and colorful designs.
Brown Deer Park
Designed by Jordan Pintar - Black Paint Studios. BlackPaint is a Milwaukee-based independent art and design studio led by creative duo Katie Mullen and Jordan Pintar. Their work spans mediums from murals to graphic design, all of it rooted in cultural intelligence and human connection.
Designed by Zac Jacobson. Zac is a Milwaukee-area graphic designer who has a love for typography, brand identity, packaging and illustration. He is co-founder of Three headed Design Studio.
Designed by Scott Schiller. Scott is a native of Wisconsin and enjoys all the state's parks have to offer. He previously worked as an art director and zookeeper, and now works as a freelance illustrator in various styles and media, working on logos, book and magazine layouts, pet portraits and custom map illustrations.
Designed by Charity Ekpo. Charity is a designer and illustrator originally from Kansas, and now living in Milwaukee. Her design style features bright, colorful, playful and often mischievous illustrations, lettering and GIFs.
Designed by Susan Estelle Kwas. Susan is an artist, an illustrator and an educator. She teaches illustration at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Susan works primarily in traditional mixed media such as gouache, colored pencil, watercolor and graphite.
Designed by Melissa Lee Johnson. Melissa Lee Johnson is a fine artist, illustrator, and graphic designer, and occasional tattoo artist living and working in Milwaukee. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in integrated studio arts and a minor in illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in May 2016, and was a finalist for a Mary Nohl Fellowship in 2017.
Designed by Dominique Viverette. Dominique is an illustrator and 2018 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design graduate student with a major in illustration. He focuses on surrealism art, watercolor and printmaking - including lithography, screen-printing and etching.
Scout Lake Park
Designed by Barderies Hampton. Barderies Hampton (also known as Bee) is an illustrator and designer based out of Milwaukee. She received a bachelor's degree in illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Her work focuses on whimsical themes with a slight sense of surrealism and a focus on detail and line work.
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Designed by Linda Bleck. We invited illustrator Linda Bleck back for a second year to create a map for Boerner Botanical Gardens, in a similar style to her 2018 Whitnall Park Map. Linda is an award-winning childrens' book illustrator based in Mequon.
Runway Dog Park
Designed by Gemma Correll. Gemma is our only non-Milwaukee based illustrator taking part in Maptacular. Gemma is a British designer, now living in California, and describes herself as a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and all-round small person. As a pug enthusiast, she often visits the annual Milwaukee Pug Fest held at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex.
2018 Maptacular Artists
Designed by Gabriela Riveros, aka Chanchita Riveros. Gabriela is an illustrator / designer based in Milwaukee, a Paraguayan-American and an empanada enthusiast.
Riverside & Gordon Parks
Designed by Jeff McAvoy. Jeff is a Milwaukee illustrator and the marketing director for the Urban Ecology Center.
Whitnall Park & Root River Parkway
Designed by Linda Bleck, an award-winning childrens' book illustrator based in Mequon.
South Shore Park
Designed by Dwellephant, a Bay View resident. He "makes stuff, lots of stuff."
Designed by Rozalia Singh, aka Aya. Aya's work includes indoor and outdoor murals in the Milwaukee area.
Designed by Lauren Marvell, a Milwaukee artist and illustrator who creates stellar prints, pins and patches.