A Northern Wisconsin Art Tour Itinerary

Hop in the car and head for a visual experience! Plenty Wisconsin cities boast art galleries and museums not to be missed. Take your own tour; we’ve done the work for you and compiled an optimal optical weekend to the Kohler and Manitowoc areas.

Your art tour starts at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. This 35-year old nationally acclaimed art center boasts a permanent collection with works from the art environments of self-taught, folk, and vernacular artists, from Wisconsin to India (and even some from artists employed in the Kohler Co. factory). The 10 galleries are rotated year-round with exhibitions featuring contemporary sculpture, photography, crafts, installation art and more.

Heading north, the Rahr-West Art Museum grounds the Manitowoc art scene. The gracious 1891 Victorian mansion showcases 19th century paintings by Bouguereau and Paxton, Boehm porcelains, Chinese ivory carvings and international antique dolls. A modern wing rotates temporary exhibits and a collection featuring Jenkins, Picasso, Miro and Chagall, to name a few. You can even see works by Wisconsin native, Georgia O’Keefe, famous for her paintings with flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones, and landscapes!

Lastly, a stop at the Rudy Rotter Museum of Sculpture is in order. See Fourteen-thousand pieces of rare wood, stone and bone carvings, ceramics and plaster, metal casting, mixed media constructions created by self-taught artist Rudy Rotter. Called the most prolific artist in Wisconsin history, Rotter created some 16,000 works of art over a 45-year period.

End you day by taking Highway 42 north to Two Rivers, or Kewaunee, where cozy inns and bed and breakfasts abound, many offering amenities such as whirlpool tubs, in-room fireplaces and gourmet breakfasts.

Ahh, art, culture, and change of scenery…now that’s a winter weekend worth taking.

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