Roy Staab

Nature In Three Parts

June 5 - September 18, 2016

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is delighted to announce its first-ever commission for a site-specific installation in the museum's Renaissance Garden. Nature In Three Parts features the work of Milwaukee-based environmental artist Roy Staab. The exhibition encompasses Shadow Dance, the premiere of Staab's newest site-specific installation in the Villa's lower garden; Suspended in Time, a survey of photographs highlighting his previous national and international installations in the museum's galleries; and Beyond Baskets, an exhibition curated by Staab with works on loan from the collection of Jan Serr and John Shannon. Beyond Baskets includes works by Joe Hogan, Ueno Masao, Francina and Neil Prince, Deborah Smith, Polly Adams Sutton, Leslie Wilcox, Hiroi Yasushi, and Jiro Yonezawa.

An artist’s reception will open the exhibition on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. with remarks by Roy Staab at 7 p.m. (general admission applies)


The exhibition and sculpture publicly debut Sunday, June 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as part of the official Renaissance Garden Opening (free admission!)


Staab will be in attendance from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to answer your questions and discuss his environmental site-specific sculpture. The public opening coincides with the official opening of the Villa’s Renaissance garden featuring a plant and gelato sale, bluegrass music from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m., and museum tours. Forthcoming events include a dance performance by Wild Space Dance Company and a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition closing.


Nature In Three Parts is sponsored by Plumb Press, with additional support from The Friends of Villa Terrace and Milwaukee County Parks.


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Mark Valenti
Piano Recital

Wednesday, June 29 | 7:00 pm

The Villa Terrace welcomes internationally acclaimed pianist Mark Valenti Wednesday, June 29. This solo piano recital features selections by Debussy, Beethoven and Prokofieff. Mark is a prolific classical performer who has also done extensive work in Jazz, including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey. Formerly Professor of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago, and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, he now teaches in his private studio in Chicago. $15/$12 Members


Purchase tickets here.





2016 Garden Conservancy

Open Days Tour

Saturday, July 16 | 10:00 am
- 5:00 pm


The Garden Conservancy from New York organizes garden tours all over the country that make private gardens available for the public to see. This tour will have four private gardens - Hill Top House in river Hills, Dragonfly Farm in Mequon, Two Oaks in Grafton and The Chimneys in River Hills - and the Renaissance Garden at Villa Terrace will be open that day as well. Admission is $7 per garden, children 12 and under are free. Full details regarding garden locations are available at