Paul Hammersmith: Shorelines and Waterways
May 25–August 20, 2017
MOWA On the Lake
Paul Hammersmith, Building North Avenue Bridge, Milwaukee, c. 1900, Museum of Wisconsin Art, 1993-9
MOWA’s Satellite Location
Saint John’s On The Lake, Milwaukee
Widely hailed as one of Milwaukee’s finest artists at the turn of the century, Paul Hammersmith (1857–1937) was originally trained as a watchmaker and engraver, then turned his skill for fine detail toward printmaking. Self-taught as an artist, he always carried a sketchbook. Fascinated by boats and water, he spent many hours sketching on Jones Island and the Milwaukee shoreline. His sensitive, romantic etchings depict his experiences and surroundings in Milwaukee in addition to the many trips he took abroad with his wife and family.
Opening Party + Talk
Thursday, May 25 | 5:30
Curator Talk | 7:00
MOWA’s Director of Collections and Exhibitions Graeme Reid will discuss the artistic significance and history of Jones Island for Milwaukee artists at the turn of the century.
Saint John’s On The Lake
1800 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Open and free to the public every day, 10:00–5:00