Permanent Collection


Published on Tuesday, June 11 2013 13:36


Gifted in 2000 by Alex and Evelyn Casper.
John Casper
b. 1948—Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Casper is an American mixed-media visual artist who received his fine arts degree from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1971. His works consist of primal archaic motifs and a range of shamanistic themes, paired with the use of common sculptural materials, subdued coloration, and textural effects. Most recently, Casper has established a studio in Mexico where he will “strive to channel a more directly informed historical and universal creative spirit that reflects a holistic vision for the times”.


Published on Tuesday, June 11 2013 13:36

Wintertime Cardinal

1976, oil on canvas.
Gifted in 2002 by Mrs. Arthur Best.
Owen J. Gromme
b. 1896—Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
d. 1991—Briggsville, Wisconsin
Gromme was a master wildlife artist and conservationist, referred to as the “Dean of American Wildlife Artists.” He began his career as a taxidermist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago at the age of 21. After World War I, he worked at the Milwaukee County Museum (Milwaukee Public Museum) for 43 years as a taxidermist, collector, photographer, movie editor, background painter, botanist, geologist, sculptor, and finally curator of birds and mammals.

In 1963 he published his guide “The Birds of Wisconsin,” a scientific volume of paintings and the product of 25 years of work. It included all birds known to Wisconsin and is considered his biggest achievement. While he never completed high school and received no formal art education, he received five honorary doctorates for his environmental work.


Published on Tuesday, June 11 2013 13:34


oil on canvas
Paul S. Donhauser
b. 1936—Berlin, Germany.
d. 2007—Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Donhauser immigrated with his family in 1948 to Sheboygan. He received his formal art training at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his master’s degree in art UW-Madison, and his doctorate from Illinois State University. He taught design and ceramics at UW-Oshkosh for 40 years (1964-2004).

Donhauser exhibited at regional, national and international levels.  His works are found in numerous private collections as well as the Smithsonian Institute, collection of the City of Milwaukee, and Museum of Wisconsin Art. He was honored in May 2013 as one of the recipients of Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Awards. 


Published on Tuesday, June 11 2013 13:34

Gentleman's Portrait

2011, white ceramic
Andrea Bucci
b. 1966 —Viareggio, Italy.
Son of an artist, but self-taught in his medium of terra cotta, he laid aside a career in architecture to place himself under the critical public eye and affront the road of an artist. Since 1986, Andrea has created his art on a professional level, working with both clay and bronze in small and monumental sizes.

Andrea actively participates in the Italian artistic life, with numerous collective and personal exhibitions, along with maintaining and exhibiting in his personal gallery in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. He has exhibited in Montreal, Canada, Northern Europe and in the United States, including THELMA (Windhover Center for the Arts) in 2012.

Andrea’s sculptures are in public and private collections in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, United States and United Kingdom.



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