Current Exhibitions

Remembering Cedarburg’s Historic Mills


Now through August 30, 2020

Museum open Thursday, July 30: 5:30 - 7:00pm.  Learn about the newly commissioned artworks and Cedarburg's mill history from the Historic Mill Project curator Mary Chemotti in the museum at 5:45 and 6:30pm.  Visit casually with the artists who will be outdoors in the beer garden area.

Remembering Cedarburg’s Historic Mills is an exhibition celebrating the culmination of Cedarburg Art Museum’s 18-month Historic Mill Project.  A local benefactor provided a special gift to commission five artists to create artworks for its permanent collection to represent the Cedarburg mills that spurred the community’s 19th Century industrial growth. The Historic Mill Project supported local artists while commemorating the 1853 Concordia Mill, the 1855 Hilgen-Schroeder Mill, the 1864 Hilgen-Wittenberg Woolen Mill, the 1871 wind-powered grist mill, and the 1871 Excelsior Mill that by 1890 became known as the Nail Factory. 

In October 2018, a Call for Art was announced, and Wisconsin artists responded with images of their sketches of architectural subjects or the local mills.  A Museum subcommittee helped to determine five artists to create artworks of the five mills.  Bruce Hustad, Tom Kubala, Lynne Ruehl, Benjamin Sloma, and William A. Suys, Jr. were awarded the commissions to produce their artworks in 2019. 

This exhibition is the first public showing of the finished, commissioned artworks in the Historic Mill Project.  An earlier artwork in the museum’s collection, a 1976 watercolor by Harold E. Hansen of the 1845 Columbia Mill, also helps to provide the full picture of Cedarburg’s rich, industrial heritage built mostly upon the waterpower of the Cedar Creek.  

Learn more about the commission and exhibition by clicking the buttons below.

Click each image below to view the full work!


Wind Grist Mill, 

William Suys Jr.

Excelsior Mill, Benjamin Sloma

Hilgen-Schroeder Mill, 

Bruce Hustad

Hilgen-Wittenberg Woolen Mill, 

Tom Kubala

Concordia Mill, Lynne Ruehl

Eye of the Beholder:

African Americans Collecting Art  

Now through September 27, 2020


The artwork from private collections of a select population from Southeast Wisconsin forms this exhibition. With a passionate unique pursuit, the collectors’ 70 artworks were acquired through art fairs, galleries, exhibitions, studio visits, and travel and feature a diversity inherent to each of their individual tastes. The collectors stepped outside their comfort zones to share prized possessions for this exhibition. The generosity of the 24 collectors allows the Cedarburg Art Museum to participate in a collaboration that facilitates cultural connections, enhances educational programming, and shares joy. This exhibition is made possible by artist, activist, writer, and guest curator Evelyn Patricia Terry with significant support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc.. 

Public Reception

Saturday, July 11, 12-4pm

View the exhibition Eye of the Beholder: African Americans Collecting Art! Our COVID-19 safety policy only allows 10 guests in the museum at a time. In order to allow the most people to view the exhibition, we are requiring sign-ups for a time slot.


We suggest you and your party arrive early before your scheduled time slot as admission will begin and end promptly. In the meantime,  please enjoy our sculpture garden and the outdoor reception offerings!


The event's rain date is Sunday, July 12, 12-4pm. If you sign up for admission slots on Saturday, they will be rolled over to Sunday in the event of weather cancellation. 

Reserve your time slot!

‘Ras Ammar Nsorama, Know Thyself: We are an African People, Collection Irma and John W. Daniels, Jr.

Contributing Collectors:

Mary Ali-Masai

Carol A. Barnett

Sequoia Blackwell

Randy Bryant & Cecilia Gore

Irma & John W. Daniels, Jr.

Jenelle Elder-Green

Dorothy Greer & the late Calvin Greer

Blaine & Maureen Gibson

Cynthia Y. Henry & the late Gregory D. Stanford

Josephine Hill

William Johnson

Cory & Michelle Nettles

June Perry-Stevens & Bill Stevens

Sande Robinson

Dominique Samari

Nancy Simuel

Evelyn Patricia Terry

Una Van Duvall

Della Wells

Wyman Winston

Troy Yancey

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition with Curator Evelyn Patricia Terry!

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Part 2:

Steve Puttrich: Beauty of Life at All Stages

Now through September 27, 2020

Flowers are a reminder of how fleeting life is, and that there is beauty to be found in every stage. A flower, like life itself, is fleeting. It’s here for a season, graces us with its presence, beauty and fragrance, and then withers and dies. Some flowers only last a few hours; others last a few months. Most last only days. 

It is pure joy to experience flowers in all their stages of grace. Painting, ultimately is a process of seeing, it allows the artist time to dive deeper into the shapes, value and color these little gems reveal.

My objective for this show is that in looking at and connecting to these precious floral gifts through the lens of art, new doors and windows may open into our own life, helping us to see anew the joy of our days.

Join board member Pam Ruschman for a great talk with Steve Puttrich about his life, work, and inspiration! 

Click the video to watch.

Earth & Water: Sculpture by Teresa Lind

On view in the garden through October 11, 2020

The convergence of femininity and grit is explored through the Cedarburg Art Museum’s summer 2020 sculpture series. Metalsmith Teresa Lind transforms her feminine figures into earth and water goddesses, not only representing these elements, but humanity’s stewardship of them. Open and free to the public, viewers are invited to wonder through the museum’s outdoor sculpture garden to experience the debut of Lind’s new sculpture series,“Earth and Water”.

At the root of Lind’s oeuvre is inspiration found from the strong women who surround her including her students at UW-Whitewater. Her sledge hammer wielding female students exemplify the balance between being feminine and powerful through gritty manual labor. Lind materializes this theme by shaping feminine forms with iron, aluminum and cement. Beyond her comment on femininity, she transfigures her female forms to earth and water goddesses for this series. Lind hopes her work will encourage the viewer to ponder not only what it means to be female, but consider what our responsibilities are as humans to the earth and water.

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Cedarburg, WI 53012  

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