Wisconsin Art History
with an emphasis on representational art
Texts contained in Resource Library by named authors listed by author name in alphabetical order:
Society of Milwaukee Artists by Gay Donahue
Preface to "Foundations of Art in Wisconsin" by Thomas D. Lidtke
Prominence in 19th Century Regional Art by Thomas D. Lidtke
Preface / A Century of Artistic Endeavor by Thomas D. Lidtke
Wisconsin Art from Euro-American Settlement to 1950 by Thomas D. Lidtke
Art Teachers, Art Schools and Art Museums in Early Wisconsin by Peter C. Merrill
Wisconsin's New Art Deal by Mary Michie
Articles contained in Resource Library without named authors listed by article name in alphabetical order:
A Cosmopolitan Life in Wisconsin: Mathilde Schley's Hunger for the Beautiful and Useful
Women's Work: Early Wisconsin Women Artists
Resource Library does not contain additional articles or essays dedicated specifically to Wisconsin art. As of February 7, 2012 Resource Library does contain 356 pages including the state's name.
Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:
Please click on the name of each source to view articles and essays related to that source:
Charles Allis Art Museum
Chazen Museum of Art
Elvehjem Museum of Art
Haggerty Museum of Art
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Madison Art Center
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee County Historical Society
Museum of Wisconsin Art
Paine Art Center & Arboretum
Rahr-West Art Museum
West Bend Art Museum
Other online information:
Artists from Wisconsin in Wikipedia
Door County art colony from Peninsula School of Art
List of Famous German Americans from GermanAmericanPioneers.org includes names of artists. Also see "What Happened to the Panorama Painters?" by Peter Merrill (.pdf file)
Wisconsin Art History: The African American Impact from ABEA
Wisconsin Artists Research Bibliography from Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Online Collections Painting Collection from the Wisconsin Historical Museum
Wisconsin State Capitol - from State of Wisconsin
The Wood Carvings, an essay by Marjorie Meyers Graham presented on Lawrence University's website, discusses wood carvings at Winifred and Donald Boynton's chapel at Björklunden
Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:
Famous Wisconsin Artists And Architects, by Hannah Heidi Levy. Published by Badger, Books Inc., 2004. 316 pages
Wisconsin Art History: Early Wisconsin Craftmasters: West Bend Art Museum, May 30-July 1, 2001. Published by West Bend Art Museum, 2001. 12 pages
Women's Work: Early Wisconsin Women Artists, West Bend Art Museum, October 3-November 11, 2001, By Heather Boright, West Bend Art Museum (West Bend, Wis.), Wis West Bend Art Museum (West Bend, West Bend Art Museum. Published by West Bend Art Museum, 2001. 72 pages
Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors, Wisconsin Artists in All Media: Centennial Exhibition, By West Bend Art Museum. Published by West Bend Art Museum, 2000. 29 pages
Public Sculpture in Wisconsin: An Atlas of Outdoor Monuments, Memorials & Masterpieces in the Badger State, By Anton Rajer, Christine Style, Contributor Susan Nichols, Richard H Zeitlin. Published by SOS! Save Outdoor Sculpture, Wisconsin, 1999. ISBN 0966418026, 9780966418026. 156 pages. Google Books says: "From heroic war memorials to gigantic fibreglass fish, this volume documents more than 750 outdoor sculptures in the state of Wisconsin. Included are monuments, memorials and masterpieces of traditional public statuary as well as religious grottoes and native American effigy mounds."(right: front cover of Public Sculpture in Wisconsin: An Atlas of Outdoor Monuments, Memorials & Masterpieces in the Badger State, image courtesy of Google Books)
Foundations of Art in Wisconsin: A Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Exhibition in Honor of the State's Founding Cultural Figures and Organizations, Published by West Bend Art Museum, 1998. 46 pages
150 Years of Wisconsin Printmaking, By Andrew Stevens. Published 1998 by Chazen Museum of Art. ISBN:0932900445. Google Books says: "Catalog of an exhibition held at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nov. 21, 1998-Jan. 10, 1999." Note: Google Books offers a Limited Preview of this book. For more information on this and other digitizing initiatives from publishers please click here and here.
Wisconsin Art History: A Chronology of Wisconsin Art and History to 1950, By West Bend Art Museum. Published by West Bend Art Museum, 1998. 18 pages
Collecting the Art of Wisconsin: The Early Years, By West Bend Art Museum. Published by West Bend Art Museum, 1996. 5 pages
German Academic Painters in Wisconsin, catalogue published by West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, 1989
100 Years of Wisconsin Art, By Milwaukee Art Museum, Published by Milwaukee Art Museum, 1988. 142 pages. Google Books says: "Catalog of the exhibition, held Sept. 24 - Nov. 6, 1988, commemorating the centennial of the Milwaukee Art Museum."
An Exhibition of Paintings by the Members of the Society of Milwaukee Artists, 1900-1913, By Gay Donahue, Art History Gallery, University of Wisconsin- - Milwaukee. Published by Art History Gallery, University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, 1981
Wisconsin's New Deal Art, Published by Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. 1980
Milwaukee Illustrated: Panoramic and Bird's-eye Views of a Midwestern Metropolis, 1844-1908 - Exhibition and Catalog, By Thomas Beckman, Milwaukee Art Center, State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Published by Milwaukee Art Center, 1978. 68 pages
Rural Artists of Wisconsin, By John Rector Barton. Published by University of Wisconsin Press, 1948. 196 pages
Art in Wisconsin: The Art Experience of the Middle West Frontier, Including the Catalogue of the Wisconsin Centennial Art Exhibition. Publisher: Madison Arts Association (1936).
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