Museum of Wisconsin Art Reopens

The Museum of Wisconsin Art has reopened in a new facility. The 31,000-square-foot building houses the Museum and its collection, serves as a living showcase for Wisconsin art, and plays a significant role in the revitalization of West Bend’s downtown and riverfront area.

The new building takes on the triangular shape of its site and includes nearly 12,000 square feet of gallery space, 7,000 square feet of facility rental space, a gift shop, education studios, and an outdoor sculpture garden. It was designed by HGA ( Hammel Green & Abrahamson Inc.) and built by Mortenson Construction.

MOWA’s gallery space is more than doubled in the new facility, allowing the institution to showcase more of its collection than ever before. After five years in storage, a collection highlight back on display is Carl von Marr ‘s enormous masterpiece, The Flagellants.

Opening exhibitions include Antifragile: Contemporary Glass (April 6 – July 28), which features work from some of today’s hottest glass artists and includes 17 nationally- and internationally-renowned artists based in Wisconsin, and Reginald Baylor : Repetitive Patterns (April 6 – June 30). Fresh, colorful, and complex paintings have secured Baylor a place as one of the most original and recognizable artists working in Wisconsin today. Also on display, in MOWA’s State Gallery, will be works from the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (WRAA, though June 23). Founded in 1954, WRAA works with UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies to offer workshops, exhibitions, and critiques to ensure its 600 non-professional members have opportunities to learn and flourish in their avocation.

Established in 1961, MOWA is Wisconsin’s only regional art museum and is the primary venue nationally for the exhibition of historic and contemporary Wisconsin art. It tells the story of Wisconsin by connecting creative arts with our culture and collective identity. The museum is located at 205 Veterans Ave., West Bend. For general information, call 262-334-9638 or visit