MOWA Infuses Wisconsin Art into Governor's Residence Through Unprecedented Collaboration 

October 16, 2019
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WEST BEND, Wis. (October 16, 2019): At the request of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers, the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) has curated a selection of Wisconsin art for display at the Executive Residence. Artwork will be on view throughout the first floor of the Residence and will be used to enhance adult and youth educational tours.

“It’s an honor to collaborate with Governor and First Lady Evers,” said Executive Director | CEO Laurie Winters. “MOWA is a museum dedicated to the arts and culture of the state of Wisconsin. It presents exhibitions of historical and contemporary Wisconsin art at its 32,000-sq-ft location in West Bend, at Saint Kate—The Arts Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, and now the Governor’s Residence in Madison.”

“MOWA possesses an extensive collection of significant Wisconsin art, and we are so pleased to partner with the museum to highlight Wisconsin art and artists in the Residence,” said First Lady Evers. “We have selected art pieces that tell stories about our state’s history and culture over the past 100 years. Some—like the sketches for the mural in our hometown post office in Plymouth—even have personal resonance for Tony and me. Wisconsin has a rich art culture and so many talented artists, and our hope is to feature a rotating collection of art at the Residence each year for the public to enjoy.”

MOWA plans to loan nearly twenty works to the Executive Residence, including pieces by David Lenz, Tom Uttech, Lee Weiss, Reginald Baylor, Stephanie Trenchard, Tom Jones, Dona Look, Lucia Stern, Charles Thwaites, Truman Lowe, Adolph Rosenblatt, and more. Other pieces of Wisconsin art from the permanent Residence collection will also be on display. Installation of the new display started in August and was completed this week in advance of an art-themed fundraiser to benefit Residence restoration plans.

“It’s been a pleasure working with First Lady Evers and her wonderful staff,” noted Winters. “I’m impressed with the First Lady’s aesthetic preferences and her interest in contemporary art.”
Jessica Wildes, Director of Communications and Marketing
jwildes@wisconsinart.org, 262.247.2266