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Linmar Garden

This was one of our holy grails of locations. Not because it is hard to get to, but because the garden is only open 1 hour a day, 5 days a week. Miss the 11am tour Tue-Saturday and you’re out… Continue Reading →

Hogarty Art House

The Hogarty Art House is a prime example of the sort of random spots creativity you find throughout Wisconsin. Like Fred Smith’s Concrete Park, numerous “outsider” art locations preserved by the Kohler Foundation, and Mary Nohl’s house, an artist felt… Continue Reading →

Caponi Art Park

The former home of artist and educator Anthony Caponi is now a wonderful, dreamy park open to anyone. Wander the sprawling yard and woods, filled with Caponi’s work. Ranging from cast metal pieces reminiscent of Rodin, to carved sculptures which… Continue Reading →

Museum Louvre It Or Leave It

The quirky and eclectic collection of art was a donation of Joann and Gary Fink and include sculptures, paintings, photography, cartoons and prints.

James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden

Tellen, like many fellow Wisconsinites, was bitten by the cement bug and the desire to create large, lumpen pieces of art on his property. “Naive” is the kindest term for his work. Some pieces, like the one of Abraham Lincoln,… Continue Reading →

Grohmann Engineering Museum

An engineering art museum may seem like a dichotomy, but the Grohmann Museum, presented by the UW-Milwaukee School of Engineering, is a fascinating and excellent blend of the two. This surprisingly large museum is elegantly designed and the collection presented… Continue Reading →

The Chazen Museum of Art

The Chazen (formerly Elvehjem) Museum of Art underwent a massive expansion in 2011, along with the name change. The formerly small and sleepy art museum is now substantially larger and far more vibrant. A large ground floor gallery and two… Continue Reading →

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The first time we visited the JMKAC, a docent ran up and asked if I had seen the men’s room yet. An odd question to ask anyone, especially a woman. When I confessed that somehow I had missed it, she… Continue Reading →

Walker Art Center

Claes Oldenburg (Coosje van Bruggen)’s iconic sculpture “Spoon Bridge” appears on nearly every piece of tourism advertising for Minneapolis. The piece, along with many others, is housed in a sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center. The Walker not only… Continue Reading →

West Street Sculpture Park

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of Galena on West Street (unsurprisingly), is the West Street Sculpture Park. Artist and blacksmith John Martinson has covered his property with large-scale sculptures. The park is open to the public and you are… Continue Reading →

Spectacular Sculpture

Spectacular Sculpture is one of the rarest of the rare – a magical, hidden, road-trip location tucked off the beaten track. Paul Bobrowitz has been making found art metal sculpture as a hobby since the late 80s. His property is… Continue Reading →

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Hidden behind a weathered wooden fence, on an unremarkable road, is a truly fantastic collection of modern sculpture.  The Lynden Sculpture Garden, opened 2010, houses more than 50 large-scale modern pieces spread over 40 acres of grounds. The wide, open,… Continue Reading →

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Tucked in a quiet, hilly, neighborhood of Wausau is one of Wisconsin’s most interesting museums. The Tudor home that was the base building was donated by the Forester family in the 1970s. It has been expanded greatly since then, with… Continue Reading →

Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron

Dr Evermor’s Forevertron is the world’s largest junk sculpture. It’s creator, Tom Every, a retired demolition expert, created The Forevertron to launch himself into the heavens. The Forevetron looms over the scrap metal yard, both delicate and massive. Parts include… Continue Reading →

Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden

The Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden is a clear sign that enthusiasm and talent are often two far different skills. It’s nice to have both, but enthusiasm will at least product a large (if perplexing) body of work. The Garden is… Continue Reading →

Stevens Point Sculpture Park

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park is an intersection of two great escapes – art and nature.  Wander through a piney park while enjoying unique modern sculptures tucked here and there. All the works are by highly talented midwestern artists. As… Continue Reading →