CEDARBURG - The home of the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work will soon have some local visitors.
Beginning Friday, May 19, the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Grohmann Museum will feature the collaborative efforts of a group of local artists who produced 42 pieces specifically for a new exhibit.
“A year of preparation behind the scenes has gone into putting this event together,” said Susan Steinhafel, director of the Cedarburg Arts Guild. “The exhibit features the creation of each artist’s interpretation of human industry, which is the heart of what the Grohmann is all about.”
“Art on the Move” runs through Aug. 20 at the museum, 1000 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. Ten of the 14 artists are members of the Cedarburg Artists Guild, and four others are also from the Milwaukee area.
The opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 19, featuring a Gallery Talk with the artists. A second reception will be held in the second floor gallery from 5 to 9 p.m. in collaboration with Milwaukee’s Gallery Night.
“Art on the Move” has been a passion project for Steinhafel, who promotes the work of guild members throughout the state.
“These seasoned artists know the commitment it takes to show their work, so I help facilitate that,” said Steinhafel, adding that each of the seasoned artists has won awards for their work. “It is truly wonderful to be an advocate for something I am so passionate about.”
That passion meets canvas frequently for Pam Ruschman, a Cedarburg resident who has three pieces featured in the exhibit.
Ruschman grew up on a dairy farm and has a connection to all the farms that once dotted the Wisconsin landscape.
“(My paintings) celebrate and honor this way of life by depicting hard working families that are critical to Wisconsin’s economy,” said Ruschman, whose pieces explore the theme of working in agriculture.
Painted in respect for a dairy farmer in Ozaukee County, her father who is now retired from a lifelong career as a dairy farmer and a woman named Patti who loves her small flock of chickens, all three paintings highlight unique personalities that have touched Ruschman’s life in some way or another.
“We are really hoping this exhibit brings lots of Ozaukee county residents to this gem of a museum in downtown Milwaukee,” Ruschman said.