Michael Kutzer: Etchings and Woodcuts
March 20 - May 12, 2013
Opening Reception Friday, March 22
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Members Only Preview 5:30 to 6:30
The Charles Allis Art Museum will host the exhibition Michael Kutzer: Etchings and Woodcuts in cojunction with the SGC International 2013 Print MKE printmaking conference, which will be held in Milwaukee March 20 - 23, 2013. This solo exhibition featuring prints by the German born artist Michael Kutzer will showcase his talent and ability to create prints that are visually captivating. Consisting of prints from his series: Views of the Lakeshore, The Invisible Animals of Seminary Woods, Anholt Landscapes and Punch Theater, this retrospective exhibition will display many fascinating and thought-provoking landscapes, creatures and characters.
Wisconsin's Own: Aaron Boyd
December 14 - January 27, 2013
Opening Reception Friday, December 14
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Aaron Boyd is a local artist and children’s illustrator whose vividly colored works are enjoyed by those both young and old. Boyd has illustrated over 15 children’s books, many featuring curious animals and multicultural themes. This child-friendly exhibition includes a unique pop-up book recently inducted into the Smithsonian Rare Books Collection and illustrations that are sure to evoke a sense of adventure and ignite your imagination.
Wisconsin's Own: Lenny Nagler
October 26 - December 2, 2012
Opening Reception Friday, October 26
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin’s Own is a new exhibition series that compliments our Wisconsin Masters series. Unlike the Wisconsin Masters series, Wisconsin’s Own will feature contemporary Wisconsin artists, our first being Lenny Nagler. Nagler, a self-taught artist residing in Appleton, paints landscapes and portraits, both real and imagined, in a style reminiscent of Post-Impressionist painters, using his own individual flair and distinctive elegance.
Our Gardens Inside & Out
June 29 - October 7, 2012
Opening Reception Friday, June 29
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
A fresh perspective on gardens to intrigue us whether we view them through the eye of an artist, a pane of glass, or surrender ourselves to romantic trysts in their moonlight shadows. Our Gardens Inside & Out is a group show by artists who interpret flowers and gardens from different perspectives using varied art forms including paintings, prints and sculpture.
Spring ephemeral blooms invite us to enjoy and celebrate the Renaissance Garden of the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and the English Garden of the Charles Allis Art Museum. Choose your path through Our Gardens Inside and Out to see the melding of creations by the hand of Man and the hand of Nature.
Guest Curator Jane Brite was founding Director of Walker’s Point Center for the Arts and recent recipient of the Wisconsin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Science & Letters.
The exhibition features over 100 works by the following 73 artists.
Chris Andrews, Dave Achenbrener, Jill Bedford, Lisa Bigalke, Julia VanRoo Bresnahan, Paul Brnak, Anthony Busalacchi, Sandra Byers, Tom Clark, Warrington Colescott, Jean Crane, Joy Czemicki, Eddee Daniel, Vrigi Driscoll, Sally Duback, Laura Easey-Jones, Tom Eddington, Joyce Eesley, Lois Ehlert, Lisa Englander, Susan Falkman, Patrick Farrell, Lisa A. Frank, Ruth Grotenrath, Karen Gunderman, Susan Hale, Pat Hidson, Annette Hirsh, Bruce Hustad, Julie Jilek, Helen Klebesadel, Alice Steuck Konkel, K. Tinsley, Bernard G. Lardi, Schomer Lichtner, Truman Lowe, George McCormick, Michael Meilahn, Marie Mellott, Linda Merkel, Lon Michels, Ann Miotke, Jane Moore, Dennis Nechvatal, William Nichols, Mike Nolte, JoAnna Poehlmann, Mary Pratt, Lynne Railsback, Tom Rauschke, Bill Reid, Bernard Roberts, Rudy Rotter, Carol Rowan, Beth Sahagian-Allsopp, Cindy Rust Saiia, John A. Sayers, Jill Sebastian & Jake Fuller, David Shafer, Jean D. Sobon, Mark Stall, Jean Stamsta, Kitty Sturrock, Anthony Suminski, Constance Taagen, Tom Uebelherr, Linda Wervey Vitamvas, Lee Weiss, Della Wells, Mike Ringo White, Jeremy Wolf, Peffy Zalucha, Joan Zingale
FORWARD 2012: A SURVEY OF WISCONSIN ART NOW
March 2 – June 3, 2012
Opening Reception with Awards Ceremony
Friday, March 2, 2012
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Night Reception (Free Admission)
Friday, April 20, 2012
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Forward 2012: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, is our biennial, juried exhibition of Wisconsin artists held at the Charles Allis Art Museum. Lena Vigna, Curator of Exhibitions at the Racine Art Museum, was the juror for the more than 250 entries and the final selections represent a range of current artistic production from around the state. Awards will be given during the opening reception on March 2, and those in attendance will select the recipient of the $100 Viewers’ Choice Award.
Michelangelo of the Menagerie: Barye Bronzes from the Charles Allis Art Collection
September 28 – January 16th
Antoine-Louis Barye (1795-1875) was a French sculptor made famous by his bronzes of animals. He was called The Michelangelo of the Menagerie by the influential art critic Théophile Gautier. The Allis has a large collection of Barye bronzes that have received little recognition and the exhibition is an opportunity to view the Allis collection in a new context.
The Charles Allis: 100
February 4 - November 13, 2011
The Charles Allis: 100 Years features dynamic, multi-sensory installations that invite the viewer to experience the Charles Allis Mansion as never before. Created by six Wisconsin artists, the exhibition is part celebration of the Mansion’s Centennial and part re-interpretation of the collection, the history of the building, and the space within.
Carol Emmons layers historic imagery with contemporary objects, blurring the concepts of value and “taste” in the Marble Hall. Gary Gresl juxtaposes rough hewn beams and farm equipment against the refined surrounding of the Library while Ashley Morgan’s treatment of the dining room portrays a space devoid of function, haunted by former events. Reggie Baylor examines Milwaukee’s industrial and social history, transforming the sitting room with visual symbols taken from the language of statistics. Martha Glowacki and Alexander Boyes’ collaboration interprets Charles Allis’ bedroom as a place where the dream to collect and possess objects intermingles with the hum of manufacturing.
Wisconsin Masters: Bruno Ertz
October 13, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1873 Bruno Ertz was celebrated as a self-taught artistic prodigy. Early on he focused on delicate, hyper-realistic images of insects and birds, drawing on the great American tradition of naturalist painters. Ertz was part of the flourishing artistic community that developed in Milwaukee in the last two decades of the 19th century. Through his friendship with Frank H. Bresler, of the Bresler Gallery, his work became part of the major art collections in the city of Milwaukee.
The exhibition is part of the annual Wisconsin Masters series which focuses on the work of a Wisconsin artist who made a significant contribution to the artistic heritage of the state.
Sponsored by: West Bend Mutual Insurance
New Media at the Charles Allis
June 2 - September 15, 2010
What is new about new media? Artists James Barany, Jill Casid, Sabine Gruffat, Stephen Hilyard and Chele Isaac approach this question by exploring the interplay between “new” and “old” media forms, adapting established and emerging technologies for artistic inspiration against the historic backdrop of the Charles Allis Art Museum.
James Barany provides a stereoscope for viewing his video projections – the nineteenth century viewing device completes the doubled digital image in the viewer’s mind. Jill Casid uses an iPhone application titled “Shake It” to display polaroid photographs on iPod Touch. Her images from Parisian street scenes are richly reflective and refer to photography’s earlier histories, including photographs of Paris by Eugene Atget. Stephen Hilyard creates beautiful high-definition animation that takes the viewer inside the painted landscape of a decorative serving plate. Sabine Gruffat’s videos combine archival footage with the artist’s own investigations of industrial and natural landscapes to ask about the role that media plays in our access to history and memory. Chele Isaac returns to the final decades of the twentieth-century to follow a late Victorian figure, dressed in neoprene, through a series of settings that now include Mr. Allis’ bedroom.
New Media at the Charles Allis is co-curated by Martha Monroe, Curator at the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums, and Amy Powell, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison and 2010-2011 Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of African Art.
FORWARD: A SURVEY OF WISCONSIN ART NOW
February 24th - May 19th, 2010
Gallery Night Reception (Free Admission)
Friday, April 16, 2010
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk: 6:00 p.m.
Linda Wervey-Vitamvas, Forward exhibition Grand Prize Winner
Wisconsin ceramicist, Linda Wervey-Vitamvas whose work deals with the sometimes uncomfortable relationship between the body and medical instrumentation, physical invasion and scientific ideology, will discuss her works “Sexual Politics” and “Troutula of Salerno" at 6:00 p.m. on Gallery Night.
The Charles Allis Art Museum is a vibrant urban center that still houses the original Allis collection and works to strengthen and support the Milwaukee community by elevating the visibility and prestige of Wisconsin's art and artists. This juried exhibition features the work of Wisconsin artists created within the last two years.