Wisconsin Art Organizations

February 25 - May 8, 2016

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum celebrates Wisconsin Arts Organizations with an exhibition of selected artwork from the Cedarburg Artist Guild, the League of Milwaukee Artists and Wisconsin Visual Artists. For the past 25+ years, these organizations have helped Milwaukee’s art scene grow into what it is today, an essential and thriving alliance. These dedicated artists, finding inspiration in each other, banded together to create a stronger whole, for as they say, you are the company you keep.


Opening Reception

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00PM / Member Preview 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Gallery Talk

Wisconsin is home to several artists’ guilds, dedicated to promoting the arts in general and the work of their members in particular.  Making a Scene, at the Villa Terrace Art Museum from February 25, 2016 to May 8, 2016, draws from the work of artists belonging to three longstanding Wisconsin artist organizations: the League of Milwaukee Artists, Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Cedarburg Artists Guild.

The League of Milwaukee Artists (LMA), with more than 100 local members, has as its mission “the promotion of visual creation, personal artistic growth, and the expansion of the Arts in our state, region and community.” Founded in 1944, over the decades LMA has found innovative ways to exhibit the work of their members, using halls in the downtown library, the Electric Company, and the Public Museum, for instance, and pioneering the notion of outdoor art fairs. Recently, LMA changed its constitution to allow students artists to join. League membership is limited and jury review for the few membership openings each year is very competitive.

Founded in 1900, Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA) is the oldest juried member art organization in Wisconsin. Formed by a group of painters and sculptors who met in Louis Mayer‘s Milwaukee studio, the group worked to secure public exhibition space, such as the Milwaukee Public Library and the old Exposition Building. Today the organization has nearly 500 members statewide, including artists, students, galleries and other supporters of the arts.  Members receive a subscription to Wisconsin Visual Artists Magazine, among other benefits; artist members have the chance to enter juried WVA chapter and statewide exhibitions.

Cedarburg Artists Guild (CAG), founded more than 25 years ago, is “dedicated to promoting and preserving the arts in Southeastern Wisconsin through education, scholarships, events and programs.” The guild reflects the character of Cedarburg, which for more than 50 years has drawn artists of all stripes:  painters and poets, potters and jewelers, photographers, woodworkers, musicians, sculptors and more. Wanting to bring attention to Cedarburg’s thriving arts community, in 1983 a group of artists founded CAG. Today the organization has more than 200 members from the visual, literary and performing arts.



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.

A special artist reception opens the show on Thursday, June 2 with remarks from Roy Staab. Be the first to preview his work in the Villa's Renaissance Garden ahead of the official garden opening Sunday, June 5.

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


Past Exhibitions