Right now is the perfect time to head indoors for some exciting, inspiring, breathtaking art. Wisconsin is home to a number of great art museums featuring everything from local artists to internationally known masters.
The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend is a work of art in itself. Its simple, contemporary design stands out sharply against the waters of the Milwaukee River. Inside the museum, you’ll find two large collections. The first is the Carl von Marr collection, which includes huge oil paintings by the Milwaukee-born artist. Dating to the late 1800s, these paintings are filled with rich colors, masterfully painted figures and incredible drama. The second collection is Early Wisconsin Regional Art, which was assembled and unveiled for Wisconsin’s 1998 sesquicentennial. The Museum of Wisconsin Art also features a number of changing exhibits that include works from contemporary Wisconsin artists. Through April 13, see the glassworks of Beth Lipman from Sheboygan Falls and pastels from artists from throughout the state. The breadth and depth of Wisconsin’s artists will amaze you.
In Oshkosh, you’ll find the beautiful Paine Art Center and Gardens. Housed in a Victorian mansion, the gallery presents exhibitions throughout the year. Past exhibits have included Chihuly glasswork, Ansel Adams photography and the portraits of William Merritt Chase. Now through June 1, the gallery will feature the work of Ruth Grotenrath and Schomer Lichtner, important figures from the Milwaukee art scene. In addition to the art in the gallery, the mansion boasts dozens of excellent works of art, from painting and sculpture to woodwork and tapestry. It’s one of the loveliest places in the entire state.
The Stevens Point area is a community filled with art. Many artists call the area home, and the local art scene is thriving. One of the community’s best art galleries is the Carlsten Gallery. Located on the second floor of the Noel Fine Arts Center on the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Pont campus, the Carlsten Gallery is home to a permanent collection that includes the a Print Collection, Ceramics Collection and the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Portfolio. The museum is also home to the largest early-American pressed glass goblet collection in the world. From March 9 through April 14, the museum will present “A New Look at Glass.” April 17-27 and May 1-11, the museum will present the works of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s graduating fine art majors. Then, from June 1 through September 15, “Art from Korea!” will display the works of well-known Korean artists. No matter what’s on display at the Carlsten, it’s always interesting.
Check out these museums and galleries – you won’t be disappointed.