The Burren

Recent Works By
Terrence Coffman

July 31 - October 11
Opening Reception Friday, July 31 / 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Following a tradition of exhibiting among the best in Wisconsin art, the Charles Allis Art Museum presents an exhibition of recent works by Terrence James Coffman, whose submission Angel 1 was awarded grand prize at the museum’s 2014 Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now.  That painting returns to the Allis, alongside two additional canvases that complete an artist’s “triptych”.

Coffman’s Angels and Landscapes series, so-called because of the figure-like formations that emerged, unplanned, out of his material- and process-driven approach, and other large-scale paintings will be on view in the Great Hall, with a selection of other recent works on display in the second-floor galleries.  Coffman’s memory and experiences of places and landscapes inspire and inform his paintings of them.  His experience of the Burren of Ireland, where Coffman was in residency at its College of Art in 2011, has proved a fount of inspiration for his work.  The colors, textures and brushstrokes of these paintings evoke, but also invent, nostalgia and memory of the Burren, Galway Bay and the small fishing village of Ballyvaughan.

Image Credit: Terrence Coffman, The Burren #17, 2013, Oil on canvas, 44 x 44 inches, Courtesy of Tory Folliard Gallery


Landscape Abstraction
Terrence Coffman Painting Workshop

Saturday, September 5
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This one-day workshop at the Charles Allis Art Museum focuses on clearing the mind to tap into the unconscious creative flow. Coupled with experimentation and learning to trust the process creates a conduit for creativity. Students explore textural manipulations using traditional and unconventional painting tools. The methodology and techniques employed by major American abstractionists will serve as inspiration. Critique sessions provide students with feedback and increased opportunities to develop exciting works of art.

$150 per person + materials
Registration due by Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
For more information and to register contact Michael Keiley at 414-278-8295 x5 or email

Van Gogh Live

Saturday, September 19

Terrence Coffman brings his play, Van Gogh Live to the Charles Allis Art Museum. This one-night performance, based on Coffman’s fictional book of missing Van Gogh journals, is a riveting and emotional glimpse into the torment and ecstasy of Vincent’s life. The audience experiences the complicated life of this lonely man as Coffman examines his obsessions, madness, and love of art and humanity. Questions for the artist will follow the performance.

$25 advanced tickets, $30 at the door. Limited Seating, RSVP recommended

Click here to purchase advanced tickets


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Through The Years With Charles Allis
Photo Digitization Day

Saturday, September 12
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Allis Chalmers Corporation, at one point the largest employer in Wisconsin, was a vital part of Milwaukee for much of the last century. Charles and Sarah Allis' mansion and world class art collection have been a prominent part of Milwaukee's art scene since the Allis' bequeathed it to us in 1947.

The museum is seeking to scan your photos of both the Charles Allis Art Museum and the Allis Chalmers Corporation, and add them to our historic archive. In addition to photos we want to document your unique stories behind them. Given the impact that the Charles Allis Art Museum and the Allis Chalmers Corporation have had on Milwaukee for over 100 years, we know there are many photos out there, both vintage and current, that tell many stories! Please share them with us on Saturday, September 12.

This event is being Sponsored by Pixologie, and held in honor of International Save Your Photos Day. With a donation to the museum on Saturday, September 12, Pixologie will scan up to 50 additional photos for everyone participating with historic photos of the museum or company.


Movie Time

Milwaukee film historian Dale Kuntz presents selections from his rare collection of classic films from the 30s and 40's. Films are shown on 16mm, reel-to-reel film. Most of these cinematic treasures are not available on DVD so don't miss this opportunity to see these films in their original glory on the big screen. Prior to each screening, Dale fascinates the audience with his knowledge of film history, giving the inside scoop on each film, including bizarre details about the stars and clues to help the audience spot little oddities that ended up in the film instead of on the cutting room floor.

A Tribute to Irene Dunn

  • July 8 - Roberta - 1935 - Irene Dunne, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Randolph Scott, Helen Westly
  • July 22 - Show Boat - 1936 - Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Helen Morgan, Charles Winninger
  • Aug 5 - The Awful Truth - 1937 - Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, and “Asta”
  • Aug 19 - My Favorite Wife - 1940 - Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Gail Patrick, Randolph Scott
  • Sept 2 - The White Cliffs of Dover - 1944 - Irene Dunne, Van Johnson, Alan Marshall, Frank Morgan
  • Sept 16 - Anna and the King of Siam - 1946 - Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Lee J. Cobb


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