John Michael Kohler Arts Center

608 New York Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081 - United States

920-458-6144

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Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 4:00 pm

A nationally acclaimed visual and performing arts complex, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is devoted to innovative explorations in contemporary American art. Its exhibitions focus on a wide range of art forms, with particular emphasis on sculpture, photography, crafts, new genres, installation art, ongoing folk traditions, and the work of self-taught artists. The performing arts emphasize dance, music, and theatre performances from around the world.

The Arts Center comprises ten galleries, an intimate theatre, a flexible interdisciplinary performance space, studio-classrooms, meeting spaces, the ARTspace shop, and the ARTcafe.

Our mission is to encourage and support innovative explorations in the arts and to foster an exchange between a national community of artists and a broad public that will help realize the power of the arts to inspire and transform our world.

Exhibits

The Road Less Traveled Exhibition Series Jacob Baker
January 29, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Approximately twenty miles north of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, Jacob Baker (c. 1880–1939) built a series of embellished miniature houses thought to have been inspired by the nearby Dickeyville Grotto. Baker was a carpenter who built houses throughout the Mississippi River Valley around Menominee, Illinois. He also made a number of “dream houses” that typically stood just a few feet tall.

The Road Less Traveled Exhibition Series An Encounter with Presence: Emery Blagdon + Shannon Stratton
December 18, 2016 - December 3, 2017
Starting in the 1960s in rural Nebraska, Emery Blagdon (1907–1986) built an increasingly dense environment filled with sculptures made of baling wire and aluminum foil, brightly colored paintings, hand-painted lightbulbs, salts, and other organic matter. Impacted by personal tragedy, Blagdon worked for nearly thirty years on this constantly changing installation called “The Healing Machine.” His intent was to channel the earth’s energies to alleviate pain and illness.

The Road Less Traveled Exhibition Series It's Gotta Be in Ya: Fred Smith + Ruth Kohler
February 25, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Comprising 237 embellished concrete and mixed-media sculptures built by Fred Smith (1886–1976), the Wisconsin Concrete Park is a vista of life-size and larger tableaux. The Phillips, Wisconsin, site, now managed by Price County, is populated with depictions of people, animals, and events from local and national history, regional lore, and from Smith’s imagination.

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