Lois Bielefeld

Lois Bielefeld is a photographer who currently lives in Milwaukee, WI.  She received a BFA in Advertising Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002.  After graduating, she worked in the fashion industry in New York City for seven years, before returning to Milwaukee. Her work spans fashion, commercial, and fine art photography.  A solo exhibition of her work,  The Bedroom, was presented at Portrait Society Gallery in 2012, followed by a project called Weeknight Dinners. Her second solo exhibition at Portrait Society was Androgyny, 2015. A portfolio of images and a room-sized sound installation from this exhibition were acquired by the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York. Her third major project at Portrait Society was the 2016 exhibition called Neighborhoods. Lois has exhibited her work at the International Center of Photography, NY; the Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend; The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; the Charles Allis Art Museum; the Racine Art Museum; and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Bielefeld is a 2018 Mary L. Nohl fellowship winner in the Established Artist category. 

Lois is currently enrolled in an MFA program at the California Institute of Arts. 


Review. Lois Bielefeld and Michelle Grabner: Two artists playing house, Shepherd Express, 2020.


Interview, International Center for Photography, 2017.


Article, The Huffington Post, Jan. 31, 2017.

Interview, Weeknight Dinners, My Modern Met.

Interview, Androgyny, Lenscratch.

Interview, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Kevin Miyazaki.

Photo feature, Weeknight Dinners, Revelist.

Photo feature, Weeknight Dinners, Buzzfeed.

Photo feature, Weeknight Dinners, Photogrist

Interview: Lens/Scratch


2017     Projected: Weeknight Dinners, International Center                  of Photography, New York, NY

2017     All In: Shorewood Girls Cross Country, Charles Allis                    Museum, Milwaukee, WI

2016     On Faith, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend,                      WI

2013     The Bedroom, The Center for Photography at                              Madison, Madison, WI


The Bedroom, Lois Bielefeld (2012)

All In: Shorewood Girls Cross Country, Lois Bielefeld (2017)


Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, New York, NY

Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

University of Wisconsin Parkside


Mary L. Nohl Fellowship, established artist category, 2018. 

Historic Third Ward, 207 E. Buffalo St. Ste. 526 Milwaukee, WI 53202

Hours: Thurs-Sat noon to 5 p.m. 

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