Marilu Knode is Senior Curator of the Institute of Visual Arts at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. As inova senior curator, Marilu Knode has worked in curatorial departments at numerous arts organizations during the past fifteen years including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California, and the Huntington Beach Art Center, and has organized independent projects for various arts organizations on the West Coast. She was the US Commissioner for the 7th International Cairo Biennale (with artist Nancy Spero), and for the past two years has been conducting research, traveling and lecturing in the Middle East. She has organized exhibitions on artists Ghada Amer, Andrea Bowers, Tony Cragg, Kim Dingle, Yoshitomo Nara, Bernadette Searle, Michael Smith, Pascale Marthine Tayou, and Fred Tomaselli, among others.

The Institute of Visual Arts (inova) at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee presents its global audience with art works by the most dynamic and controversial local, national and international contemporary artists.

The Institute of Visual Arts' mission is to organize one-person exhibitions, giving artists their first institutional exhibition, allowing mid-career artists extended surveys of their oeuvre, and commissioning mature artists to create new bodies of work. Exhibitions range from contemporary architecture, film, installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture and video.

Since 1996, the Institute of Visual Arts has established an international reputation for the high quality of its programs, its global curatorial team, and for the opportunity for artists to experiment in the creation of new work. Visitors of all ages can take advantage of educational public programs, which include day and evening lectures, artist roundtables, career workshops and guided tours.