Student Art Matters
Grafton School District
On view: March 4 - April 29, 2020
Student Art Matters is generously sponsored by Mel's Charities
Remembering Cedarburg’s Historic Mills
May 8 – August 30, 2020
Reception with 5 commissioned artists: Thursday, June 18, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Join us on Cedarburg’s Gallery Night to view the unveiling of five newly created artworks by five area artists commemorating Cedarburg’s historic mills. A local benefactor provided a special gift to commission five artists to create artworks for its permanent collection in order to provide a visual representation of the Cedarburg mills that helped spur the community’s 19th Century industrial growth. The Historic Mill Project helped to support 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 was known as the Nail Factory.
In 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 composed of several members from each of the Exhibitions and Collections Committees 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 will be the first public showing of the finished, commissioned artworks in the Historic Mill Project. The Cedarburg Art Museum will also be displaying a 1976 watercolor by Harold E. Hansen of the 1845 Columbia Mill that is already in its permanent collection as a way to provide the full picture of Cedarburg’s rich, industrial heritage built upon the water power of the Cedar Creek, sometimes originally called the Milwaukee River.
Schroeder Mill, 1892
Excelsior Mill (Nail Factory), 1892
Eye of the Beholder:
African Americans Collecting Art
May 20 - September 27, 2020
Public Reception: July 18, 4:30 - 6:30pm
The artwork from private collections of a select population from Milwaukee and surrounding southeastern Wisconsin comprise this exhibition. With a passionate unique pursuit, the collectors’ artworks were acquired through art fairs, galleries, exhibitions, community events, and studio visits and feature a diversity inherent to each of their individual tastes. These collectors stepped outside their comfort zones to share prized possessions for this exhibition. The generosity of the 22 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.
Ammar Nsorama, Know Thyself: We are an African People, Collection John & Erma Daniels.
Steve Puttrich: Beauty of Life at All Stages
May 20 - September 27, 2020
Reception: July 18, 1pm - 3pm with artist talk at 1:45pm.
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.