Art Muscle Magazine (1986–1997) was a bi-monthly art publication located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was initiated by Debra Brehmer (a writer, art historian and curator) while she was in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. The first issue was published in September 1986. The initial group dispersed after the first issue and the magazine was run for the next nine years by publisher/editor Debra Brehmer and her business partner and collaborator Therese Gantz. The magazine was sold in 1995 to Judith Moriarty, who published it until June 1997.From left to right: Francis Ford (photo editor), Therese Gantz (business manager and co-publisher), Sam Woodburn (sales manager), Debra Brehmer (editor and publisher), Bob dupha Friedman (music writer).
Circulation and contributors
Art Muscle's circulation was 20, 000. It was distributed free in Wisconsin and sold on newsstands nationally. The broad-side format was modeled after Interview Magazine in New York. It covered a range of activities from visual art to theatre, dance, music, architecture and vernacular concerns.