The David Barnett Gallery is celebrating its 56th anniversary! This exhibition will feature works that represent the last 56 years of collecting local, national, and international artists – ranging from Joseph Rozman of Wisconsin to Colleen Madamombe of Zimbabwe. David Barnett began the gallery in 1966 with the goal of exhibiting the work of local graduate students, and then expanded his mission with trips to collect artwork from around the US and around the world. The collection, which now includes more than 6,000 artworks is the result of his passion, persistence, and vision of the creative process.
This exhibition traces the pattern of Robert O. Lahmann’s industrial work in both painting and drawing. A prolific Wisconsin artist throughout his lifetime (1922-2014), Lahmann graduated from Milwaukee’s Layton School of Art in 1949, but had already established a career as a painter, sculptor, stained glass artist, and art teacher by 1945. His impressionist oils, watercolors, and pastels of rural and urban scenes elicit a sense of nostalgia and provide the viewer glimpses of a bygone era. From farm fields to dock scenes, grain elevators to steel mills, this exhibition includes dozens of Lahmann’s vibrant and thoughtful scenes of Working in Wisconsin.
COVID Protocol: Masks are required.
Join us on Friday, January 21st from 5-7pm for a Cocktail Hour with the Curator! Guests may grab a drink from the bar and take a tour with Curator Samantha Timm or meander through the variety of artwork on display. From the vibrant display of collaborative embroideries by The Wondermakers, to artist Suzanne Rose’s lush black-and-white photographs created using 19th-century techniques, to Nicole Shaver’s sublime gilded relics, there is much to explore. We hope to see you there!
COVID Protocol: We kindly ask any unvaccinated guests to wear masks. Our current Clean Care Pledge which outlines our response to Covid (and any changes/updates to this) can be found here on our website.
Join us Friday, January 21st for Gallery Night MKE to meet the finalists for our Artist in Residence 2022-2023 Program. Our internationally recognized program is an opportunity for an emerging artist to connect to a community of guests, from Milwaukee and beyond, in their studio located on the first floor of The Pfister Hotel. Stop by Rouge Ballroom, enjoy light refreshments, meet the artists, and view their work. The winner will be chosen in early 2022.