November 5 - February 28, 2016

This winter, the Charles Allis Art Museum transforms to host Threshold, an exhibition that explores psychological interiority through the integration of contemporary art with the sumptuous spaces in the museum. Every room in the Allis mansion will become a conduit for experiencing fear, fragility, wonder and desire. Facilitated through a variety of media technologies, Threshold draws upon the affective qualities of glass, porcelain, light, soil, fur, and sound to explore corporeal and emotional relationships. Organized by artist and guest curator Niki Johnson, Threshold features twenty-five nationally and internationally recognized artists, craftsmen and musicians.

Exhibiting Artists
Colin Britton, Simon Bukhave, Holly Cole, Michelle Erickson, David R. Harper, Anne Harris, Jeremy Hatch, Kim Hindman, Jed Jackson, Niki Johnson, Kayle Karbowski, Toby Kaufmann-Buhler, William Kentridge, Beth Lipman, Chole Mackinnon, Linda Marcus, Greely Myatt, Heidi Parkes, Catherine B. Peña, Brian Ritchie, Paul Sacaridiz, Kyle Seis, Julie VonDerVellen, Christina A. West, Glenn Williams

Contributing Wisconsin Institutions
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Marcus Corporation, Chipstone Foundation, Brenner Brewing Company

Written Contributions
Brandi Rogers & Nathaniel Stern


Friday, January 22 | 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.| Gallery Night
Complimentary wine and beer tastings 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.!

Friday, January 29, 8:30 – 10:00 am | Creative Mornings
Theme: Language
Niki Johnson | https://creativemornings.com

Saturday, January 30, 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Yoga, Discussion, Workshop

11:30 am – 12:45 p.m.
Yoga for Within: a yoga practice to balance the emotions with Heidi Parkes |
Centered around the ideas of interiority, students will look inwards during the poses. We will practice a series of vinyasas, and will also include breath work and mudras. The instructor, Heidi Parkes, is an artist in Threshold and a 500-hour certified yoga therapist. Suggested donation of $8.00

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts (WMQFA), Charles Allis and Threshold |
Learn more about the WMQFA and the Charles Allis Art Museum and how the exhibition uses the objects and space provided by each institution, exploring the use of materials with a focus on fiber arts.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Fiber Art Collage with Heidi Parkes and Julie VanDerVellen
Quilter Heidi Parkes and paper artist Julie VonDervellen will lead a workshop exploring their approach to making art with found materials: Cups, coffee filters, string, etc. Both will be discussing the points of transition between the utilitarian purpose of the materials and the visual/physical/conceptual possibilities they have when altered. Heidi will focus on collage techniques while Julie will demonstrate plating with paper. $20

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wine and Show-and-tell
Enjoy a glass of wine while workshop participants show off their creations. Open to the general public.


Michael Bettine

Saturday, February 13
Soundscape Tours with Michael Bettine
1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.
On Saturday, February 13th, the Charles Allis Art Museum has the pleasure of hosting Soundscape, an afternoon of guided sound tours with local musician and percussionist Michael Bettine. At the beginning of every hour tours will begin, lasting 40 minutes each. Each tour will stop at sound stations located throughout the first floor of the Allis mansion, where visitors will experience the unique vibrational qualities created by the architecture of each space. Learn more about Michael Bettine here.

$10 / $5 Members | Purchase tickets online here, or at the door while supplies last. | Each tour limited to 12 particiapants. |

Friday, February 26, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Workshop with Jeremy Hatch
Workshop Fees Apply

Saturday, February 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Closing Panel Discussion


Jeremy Hatch

Niki Johnson

Kaufman Buhler




Past Exhibitions