Art in the Garden

Saturday, November 5th | 2:00 pm
- 4:00 pm

Over the last sixteen years, Villa Terrace has hosted MPS teachers and their students on its grounds for special studies to augment what they are learning. While experiencing the art, architecture, mythology, and botany, students develop critical observation and engage in self expression. As a result, drawing, painting, sculpture and photography have emerged from their time at the Villa. Join us for a vibrant exhibition of children's art as we celebrate the achievements of participating MPS teachers and the budding talent of their students. FREE with paid admission to the museum: $7 Adults, $5 Students, Seniors and members of the Military. FREE for Members & Children under 12. An art craft for kids will be provided along with juice and snacks.



Exhibition Opening

Thursday, November 10th | 6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm

Invented in the 16th century as an inexpensive method of interior decoration, wallpaper today is having a moment in both design and artistic spheres. Whether as expressions of contemporary place, interactive experience, political commentary or social engagement, artists and designers are using the history of an old medium in new ways. In Why Wallpaper, Villa Terrace investigates with several leading artists and designers the ways in which wallpaper has been central to their practice and explores the theoretical, technical, and artistic innovations they have achieved.


Villa Terrace, located in a David Adler-designed Renaissance revival house over Lake Michigan, is the ideal Milwaukee arts institution to investigate this question facing both art and design in the first quarter of the 21st century. Famous for his eclectic style, Adler frequently incorporated scenic panoramas of French wallpaper into his homes. Produced by Zuber, a company extant since 1797, the Décor Chinois paper on the second floor of Villa Terrace was first installed in the 1920s and then recommissioned and reinstalled in 2002 following an electrical fire at the museum. The exhibition will explore not only the role of wallpaper in leading artists’ and designers’ practice, but also issues of restoration and preservation in the context of a contemporary museum located in a historic residence.


Member's Preview | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm





The Picture of Dorian Grey

December 1-3, 9-11, 15-17, 2016

The Boozy Bard Productions presents a new adaptation of Dorian Grey playing at the Villa Terrace. Play Dates: December 1-3, 9-11, 15-17. House opens at 7:30 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m.
Sunday Dec. 11, 6 p.m. There will be one intermission.

General Admission: $15, Artists/Students/Seniors $10

Purchase tickets here.



Della Robbia

December 8th, 2016

The Villa Terrace's annual Della Robbia holiday party, sponsored by the Friends of Villa Terrace, will be held in the Great Hall of the Villa on Thursday evening, December 8. Details will be posted here as they become available.