Museum of Wisconsin Art
Established in 1961 by the Pick Family, The West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts was founded to collect and exhibit the work of their illustrious relative Carl von Marr. The Milwaukee-born, Munich-trained artist Marr (1858-1936) had a stellar career mainly in Europe, but with considerable success in the United States . Having assembled the best single collection of Marr’s work, including his 1889 magnum opus The Flagellants, the museum began collecting Wisconsin regional art. This decision was based upon the fact that quality Marr works were becoming increasingly difficult to acquire and that no other institution was assembling a comprehensive survey collection of Wisconsin art. After ten years of judicious, quiet and determined collecting, in 1998 the West Bend Art Museum (WBAM) unveiled the Early Wisconsin Collection covering the years 1800 to 1950. Over the subsequent years, the WBAM developed and grew this collection both in terms of quality and quantity to the point where it joined more than twenty other similar state or regionally focused American museums.
In 2007 the Museum changed its name to the Museum of Wisconsin Art to more accurately reflect its mission and practices. Currently, the Museum of Wisconsin Art shows more contemporary Wisconsin artists, has a larger, more comprehensive archive (over 8000 files on artists plus many books, documents and audio-visual resources), and a deeper collection of historic Wisconsin art than any other institution in the state.
Was blown away by the different exhibits here! The range from blown glass and fine drawings to the largest oil painting I've ever seen, with life size figures. The clothing exhibits and furniture also wonderful. I'll recommend this as a wonderful few hours for anyone!
Amazing! The chalk art fair is GREAT!!! Incredibly talented artists. A lot of fun things for kids to do: face painting, drawing with chalk, making fruit sushi, creating ribbon wands...A wonderful event
Loved the chalk art! First time in the building and very impressed and pleased with the exhibits. Enjoyed the photo art on the second floor. Will definitely be back!
A well procured collection in a beautiful building. Membership prices are very reasonable as well. Well worth the trip out to West Bend!
Went to the art and challenges and enjoyed the art museum...very nice place to enjoy with the family.