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Recent Museum Collection Additions

September 16, 2021 - January 9, 2022
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Robert von Neumann, Cedarburg in February, oil on canvas, n.d.,
Collection Cedarburg Art Museum, 2019.17, Museum Collection Fund and Donors.
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Claudette Lee-Roseland, Circular Directions, acrylic on canvas, 2019,
Collection Cedarburg Art Museum, 2021.02, Museum Collection Fund.
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Through the generosity of donors or careful management of collection funds, the Cedarburg Art Museum has shown steady progress in growing its permanent collection since the original gift of Ozaukee Bank's 49 paintings in 2013.  Recent gifts and strategic acquisitions bring diversity and strength to the collection with artworks that reflect local cultural history or represent significant Wisconsin artists.  Pieces in the current show include paintings from the 1930s and 1940s by Wisconsin artists Robert von Neumann, Hans Stoltenberg, Morley Hicks, and Melvin Tess in naturalistic and abstract modes.

In addition, in the past two years the Museum has acquired the artwork of living artists Patrick Doughman and Barb Wagner whose artwork helps to document our local cultural history. Paintings by area artists Claudette Lee-Roseland and Susan Hale were acquired because of their long-term, significant artistic impact in Wisconsin.

In addition, six pieces of artwork by Gibson Byrd were recently donated to the museum collection by the artist’s family. Byrd was an American landscape and figurative painter of Shawnee ancestry who spent 30 years as a member of UW-Madison art faculty. One etching depicts Byrd’s social realism from the late 1950s, while three oil paintings and two pastels depict a self-portrait in a home setting and timeless, lyrical, Wisconsin landscapes from the 1980s and 1990s. 

See the diversity of the additions to the Cedarburg Art Museum permanent collection in the second-floor front rooms through January 9, 2022. 

Gibson Byrd, Long View II, oil on canvas, 1988,
Collection Cedarburg Art Museum, 2021.09, Gift of Gwain Meyer and Brian F. Byrd. 
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