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Of Heart and Home: Mary Nohl's Art Environment

February 7, 2016 — August 21, 2016
 

Mary Nohl's Lake Cottage Environment undergoing restoration, 2015.

Installation view of Of Heart and Home: Mary Nohl's Art Environment at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2016.

 

Since the 1970s, the Arts Center has been involved in the preservation, study, and exhibition of art environments and is the steward of two sites in Wisconsin: James Tellen’s Woodland Sculpture Garden and Mary Nohl’s house in Fox Point. In the spring of 2015, the Arts Center embarked on a large-scale restoration project at Mary Nohl’s home. With a dedicated team of experts including preservation architects and art conservators, the intent of the 2015 phase was to stabilize Nohl’s outdoor sculptures and to restore the exterior of the home. Gallery visitors will gain a ”behind-the-scenes” perspective of the ongoing restoration work at Nohl’s house. Aspects of her studio and the corresponding exterior wall, newly discovered paintings, and current blueprints will be on view for the first time. In addition, visitors will be able to experience Nohl’s entire property using the latest surveying technology.

Our gratitude is extended to The Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation, Sargento Foods Inc., and the Herzfeld Foundation for major support of this exhibition and to the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding also was provided by the members of the Exhibitions & Collections Giving Circle. In addition, Arts Center programs are made possible by the generous support of its members.