Intertwining three historic landmarks with dramatic contemporary architecture and captivating art, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center sets the stage for a unique and memorable experience. The lively art-filled environment includes acclaimed changing exhibitions, outdoor sculpture gardens, and world famous artist-created washrooms. It is the perfect backdrop for weddings, elegant dinners, business meetings, conferences, multimedia presentations, holiday parties, family reunions, and other occasions. We invite you to book your next event at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
The Kohler Arts Center is a sassy, classy tour-de-force. It shows that in the right hands, contemporary design and historic preservation can not only co-exist but also enrich each other—and the community as well. That’s a work of art in itself. —Whitney Gould, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Catering—The Arts Center’s chef can provide a range of catering—from receptions and elegant dinners to ethnic buffets and picnics. A list of preferred caterers is also available.
Standing Reception 400 | Seating for Dining 300
This spacious hall is a blank canvas just waiting to be customized to suit your every need. The Matrix can be partially or fully closed off from the rest of the Arts Center by large hanging panels, allowing private events to take place even while the Arts Center is open to the public. This is a magnificent space for dinners and dancing, weddings, receptions, performances, and large-scale presentations.
Standing Reception 200 | Seating for Dining 100
Featuring a soaring glass ceiling and French limestone floors, the Atrium is a beautiful space for smaller dinners, cocktail receptions, and weddings. Works of art often add to the ambiance. For large events, the Atrium can serve as the cocktail area before dinner in the Matrix.
Seating for Dining 20
The handsome Founders Room in the Italian Revival-style home built in 1882 by John Michael Kohler is perfect for board meetings, business luncheons, showers, even baptisms.
Seats up to 176
Every seat is a great seat in this intimate, comfortable theatre. The Theatre is suitable for elaborate business presentations with product displays, films, and PowerPoint presentations as well as a variety of performances.
Standing Reception 100 | Seating for Dining 50
This charming dining area, located in a turn-of-the-century carriage house, is delightful for showers, business luncheons, family gatherings, retirement parties, and more.
Standing Reception 100 | Seating for Dining 24
This brick-paved terrace surrounded by plantings and sculptures is a lovely outdoor space for intimate events. The terrace is generally not available during most public dining hours for events that require privacy.
Standing Reception 1000 | Seating for Dining 600 | Concert Seating 400+
The Festival Green is perfect for company picnics, team building, concerts, and other large-scale outdoor events. It can be combined effectively with the Library Sculpture Garden and the indoor Matrix for events with multiple simultaneous components.
LIBRARY SCULPTURE GARDENS
Standing Reception 200 | Seating for Dining | Concert Seating 300
Set against the sheared façade of the 1904 Carnegie Library and magical sculptures by Carl Peterson, this garden creates a breathtaking backdrop for wedding ceremonies, receptions, candlelit dinners, and concerts.
Seats 15–50 each
The studios are wonderful spaces for team building and other experiential education.
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