John Michael Kohler Arts Center plans new museum and art reserve


Rendering of the museum and the art reserve

Last updated on July 3, 2019 at 7:12 PM

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan is moving forward with plans to build a new museum and art store to showcase the work of Wisconsin artists.

Rendering of the museum and the art reserve

The John Michael Kohler Arts Preserve will be a three-story, 53,000 square foot building in a heavily forested rural area on the west side of Sheboygan, adjacent to Interstate 43 and Taylor Drive and Indiana Avenue. This will be an additional location for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, which will retain its primary location in downtown Sheboygan.

Project plans were under construction for two years, since the John Michael Kohler Arts Center purchased 39 acres of the former Schudchardt farm property from the city in 2016.

“With the creation of this cultural space in the middle of this natural site, it is hoped that this center will become a culturally important entity for the community equal to that of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center,” said a statement submitted to the city. by representatives of JMKA.

Examples of works that will be on display in the art reserve include Wisconsin artists Mary Nohl, Fred Smith and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein as well as international artists such as Nek Chand.

“The ideal situation is that the artist’s work remains in its original location; however, this is not always possible, ”said representatives of JMKA.

Known as the “Witch of Fox Point,” Nohl filled her home and yard with a wide array of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and drawings. His work was passed on to the Kohler Foundation upon his death in 2001.

While Nohl’s home and her sculptures remain at Fox Point, many of the artifacts she created for the interior of her home are now housed at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in downtown Sheboygan.

These objects will be accessible to visitors to the new art reserve.

The building will be open to the public six days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 70 percent of the building will be devoted to public collection space. The building will also have a classroom, a multipurpose room and a study area for the library.

In 2016, Creation and Preservation Partners Inc. of New York, a subsidiary of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, purchased the vacant land for the city’s project for $ 1.16 million in 2016.

The city acquired the 200-acre Schudchardt farm property seven years ago with the intention of developing a green technology business park. When the John Michael Kohler Arts Center approached the city with this proposal, the plans for the land changed.

The city planning commission will consider John Michael Kohler Arts’ proposal on Tuesday.

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