Objects of Desire
September 29, 2022 - January 8, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 1 from 2 PM - 4 PM
Awards presented at 3 PM

Cedarburg Art Museum’s ninth annual juried exhibition Objects of Desire inspired artists to create their pipedream, their ambitions, what keeps them going. From 150 entries from twelve states, artworks were evaluated and scored on multiple criteria by artist and juror Shane McAdams. The resulting 73 artworks in various mediums by 53 artists reveal urban spaces juxtaposed with nature’s majesty, while other explorations of memories or everyday scenes contrast with the pure act of art making. All provide unique interpretations of intuitive connection.

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Candida Lyons, Delight, Resin, 8 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 5"

Cyndie Rauls, Oi, Kandinsky, Wood sculpture, 20" x 28" x 20"

Chris Behrs, Atmospheric Drama, Pastel, 26" x 22"

Judith Friebert: Pastel Pastures
October 19, 2022 - January 8, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, October 21 from 5 - 7 PM

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Cow Path, Spring, Pastel and charcoal on paper, 19.5" x 25"

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Waiting for Milking, Pastel and charcoal on paper, 19.5"x25"

For many years, in Massachusetts and more recently in her home state of Wisconsin, artist Judith Friebert has focused on depicting small, family-owned dairy farms. For Judith, agricultural landscapes have a rugged beauty, enhanced by the unique and wonderful shapes of cows in the fields and against the sky. She works as much as possible on site, utilizing charcoal and pastel on paper. 


Essential to Friebert’s artistic vision is her admiration for farmers and her strong commitment to their continuing existence. She appreciates how hard they work to provide food for us amidst the challenges of survival in the increasingly corporate dairy farming industries. 

Art of Charles Porteus

January 25 to April 16, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 26 from 5 to 7 PM 

Charles Porteus (1867 - 1943) was most recognized for his work as a wax figure modeler and scene painter for historical group displays at the Milwaukee Public Museum from 1919 to 1940. However, it is in this exhibition that the Cedarburg Art Museum will display a series of Charles’ oil and tempera paintings depicting idyllic local landscapes, urban Milwaukee scenes, and portraits of Native Americans he met during his travels or inspired by museum dioramas.


This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of Porteus’ descendants and his daughter-in-law, Bonnie Porteus’ devotion to the establishment of his legacy as a true artist.

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Charles R. Porteus, Untitled (Edith Porteus in Canoe, Hilgen Park), Oil on canvas, n.d. Bonnie Porteus, Cedarburg. 

Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, Sky: Climate Transformed

January 26 to May 14, 2023
Opening Reception: January 28, 2023, 2 to 4 PM
Closing Reception: May 6th, 2023, 2 to 4 PM

The climate we live in and experience through our journeys, observations and human connections with the natural world is ever transforming. 


Artworks created in a variety of media by 15 diverse visual artists have been selected for exhibition.  In addition to a shared connection to Wisconsin, each artist has also lived and worked in various parts of the world such as Canada, Southeast Asia, Mexico and other regions of the United States.  This includes the vision of indigenous artists and their relationship to the land and the environment.

Up to 50 works in various mediums will be exhibited, allowing for many thematic interpretations and experience to surface. The public will have the opporutnity to interact with the work as an observer and/or as an active partcipant through their involvement in the corresponding educaitonal programming. 


Christine Buth Furness, " I Carry Two Landscapes with Me", Pastel and colored pencil on archival paper

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Rina Yoon, "Earth, Trees, Fire," Found objects

In content, the artwork explores the human relationship to the landscape and nature made evident through agricultural use, migration, habitat change, warming temperatures, wildfire, drought and heavy rains. The work will draw the viewer in to reflect upon not only the beauty of the natural world but also question our commitment to sustainability and to a reciprocal relationship which strengthens the exchange of resources and knowledge.  The exhibit will engage and include multiple perspectives asking viewers to participate as better global citizens as well as offer them resilience and hope to strengthen their bond with the earth at this crucial point in history.

This Exhibition is curated by guest curator and artist Christine Buth Furness. 

Climate Transformed Discussion Panel
Date: April 6, 2023, 4 to 7pm

The panel artists will discuss how their work reflects the human relationship to the environment and the natural world and how it offers resilience and hope in this time of climate change/transformation.  They will each give a brief presentation about their research, aesthetic and processes.  The panel will be open to questions via Zoom chat and audience participation via Zoom and live. 

Confirmed artists included in panel: Dakota Mace, Rina Yoon, and Christine Buth Furness 

More information coming soon!

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Frank Korb, "Examine the Effects," Acrylic, sand, and collage

Staycation: Oil Painting by Marc Anderson

April 20 to July 16, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, April 21st from 5 PM to 8 PM

As an artist who travels the country to paint the landscape, Marc Anderson has gained a greater appreciation for the unique and breathtaking scenery that Wisconsin has to offer. The body of work exhibited in Staycation will highlight and celebrate those qualities through careful observation and documentation of the Wisconsin landscape in oil on canvas. 

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Marc Anderson, Holdfast, Oil, 2022. 

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Marc Anderson, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Canvas Boat Bimini" Oil, 2021. 

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Marc Anderson, Cave Point, Oil,  2021. 

Paul Yank: His Genius
Sculpture & Prints

May 18 to September 24, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20 from 3 PM to 5:30 PM 
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Paul Yank was first and foremost an incredibly talented sculptor. His ability to think and create three-dimensionally was where his true genius lived. As Yank’s body aged during his late career, he focused on printmaking and used it as a vehicle to continue realizing his three-dimensional inspirations. His unique approach to printmaking, drawing, and painting was always sculptural in nature. In this exhibition, a selection of Yank’s prolific oeuvre will be featured, representing his high level of expertise in both sculpture and printmaking. 

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Yank purchased the Weber Brewery Complex in Cedarburg, Wisconsin in 1966 as his studio where he created the most significant pieces of his career. His contribution in the arts left a treasure in his Cedarburg community and for the State of Wisconsin.

Paul Yank, "Centaur", monoprint, 38" x 31"

Paul Yank in his studio

Paul Yank, Untitled Torso, metal and stained glass, 46" x 19" x 11"