A Creative Place:

The History of Wisconsin Art

This groundbreaking  book- A Creative Place: The History of Wisconsin Art- will span Wisconsin’s art from thousands of years ago to the end of the twentieth century.  Readers will enjoy experiencing Wisconsin history through various forms of art including effigy mounds, petroglyphs, pottery, paintings, fiber arts, folk art, printmaking, sculptures and so much more.

The book will be richly illustrated with more than 400 art images representing hundreds of artists who call Wisconsin home. It is organized telling the story of art placed in context with Wisconsin's general history:

  • Native Presence: The Beginning of Art in Wisconsin

  • Encounters and Settlement: Art in Wisconsin: 1634-1870

  • The Great Cultural Expansion: 1870-1918

  • Transitioning from European Ideals to America's Regional Interests: 1918-1945

  • Wisconsin at Mid-Century: The Post War Period: 1945-1965

  • The Coming of Age of Visual Arts: 1965-1980

  • The Last Decades of the 20th Century: 1980-2000

Seven chapters, including vivid art images, will tell the story of art placed in context with Wisconsin's general history which helped shape Wisconsin art. Your generous gift will help bring this book to life!

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J. Shimon & J. Lindemann

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Ruth Grotenrath, Still Life with Irises

Ancient & First Nations Art

Anticipated Book Completion:  2021

We would be pleased to count you among those who support the deeper understanding of Wisconsin’s rich visual art legacy through the publication of this book.  

Through the support of the Cedarburg Art Museum, organizations and individuals we are well on our way to making this book a reality and your donation will bring it to fruition.

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If you'd like to pay by check, please make payable to the Cedarburg Art Museum with memo "History of Wisconsin Art Book" and mail to the address directly below:

Cedarburg Art Museum

W63N675 Washington Avenue

Cedarburg, WI 53012