Thank You For Contributing to our 2016
Annual Appeal



Charles Allis/Villa Terrace Art Museums
2016 Annual Appeal

November 23, 2016

Dear Community:

This past year at the museums was nothing short of spectacular — and we have you, our generous donors, to thank for that. Our organization continues to build momentum, and we have witnessed that dynamism in our exhibitions, ongoing care of our permanent
collections, and performances across the cultural spectrum. We need your financial
support now more than ever to keep this momentum going.

Visitors to the Charles Allis Art Museum were amazed at the restoration of the second floor galleries. The colorful walls and radiating light from windows previously obscured highlighted the Art of Collecting exhibition, which showcased rarely seen archives, medals, furniture, and artwork from the Allis collection. Our recently opened Forward show is one of the best in its 12-year history, according to those who attended the opening on October 27. The opening brought together artists from across Wisconsin to celebrate the best artwork from the state.

Our collaboration with Wild Space Dance Company, bringing original dance to the Villa Terrace’s garden in honor of Roy Staab’s installation Shadow Dance, was described as “world class,” “simply beautiful” and “amazing” by those who attended. That collaboration was also the beginning of more powerful programming for the Renaissance Garden.

Our momentum will continue to build in 2017. In part because of your generosity, we are announcing the hiring of a full-time curator for the museums. This position will allow
renewed focus on the preservation and exhibition of our collections, as well as the curation of new shows. Our new curator will also work with students from Rufus King
International High School in a new partnership between the school and the museums, culminating in the exhibition of their works at the Charles Allis as one of our new Foyer Shows.

Your commitment to our mission — of creating opportunities for residents and visitors to experience history, culture, and the arts — truly contributes to the Milwaukee area’s quality of life. In 2017, the museums will celebrate a combined 120 years of public service to our community. You are the reason this long history of service is possible. As we continue to build on our successes, your financial support is needed now more than ever.

On behalf of the Board, staff, volunteers, and Friends of the museums, thank you for your continued support. Let’s keep the momentum going!


John Sterr
Executive Director