The Road Less Traveled Conference

An NCPTT Divine Disorder Conference and partnership of National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Kohler Foundation, Inc. and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Scholars, artists, preservationists, educators, activists, art historians, collectors and devotees will delve into the complex subject of artist-built environments during a three-day conference, September 27–29, 2017, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI.

Through a variety of performances, panels, and workshops, attendees will share new ideas and broaden the collective knowledge and appreciation of this unique style of art making that is the focus of a yearlong series of exhibitions at the Arts Center.

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Featuring luminaries from the field as well as emerging creative professionals, this dynamic conference spans disciplines and perspectives relevant to the understanding of environments both in-situ and no longer in place. Topics will include the curation of site components, current research and conservation methods, artists’ responses to various sites, issues in community engagement and historic designation, and site stewardship.

Among the highlights are a live podcast from Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything reflecting on a road trip to artist-built sites in Wisconsin, artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe’s performance of a sound piece specific to Emery Blagdon’s Healing Machine, and a think tank discussion of the future of Eddie Owens Martin’s magnificent site, Pasaquan, now that conservation of the artist environment is complete.  



September 26, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

The night before the official program starts, the conference will kick off with a pre-conference meet and greet at the
nearby Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden. Join your fellow conference attendees for an evening
outdoors with refreshments and good company.

Detailed schedule for each day:






Register today for The Road Less Traveled Conference, taking place September 27–29 in Sheboygan, WI.


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Hotel Information

Room blocks have been reserved for September 26–29, 2017, at the hotel listed below. To obtain our special rate, please indicate that you are attending "The Road Less Traveled 2017" conference at the Arts Center. Book early as the number of rooms in the reserved blocks are limited. Coach transportation will be provided to and from conference hotel to the Arts Center.

Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center—The reservation and cancelation cut-off date is August 28, 2017.

Transportation Information

Reduced rate rental car options are available with the companies listed below. Follow the links to book a vehicle at this rate.

Enterprise Rent–A–Car

National Car Rental

A reduced rate shared-ride shuttle option is also available to and from General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, WI. This option is a shared ride, meaning the shuttle may stop at multiple locations before your destination. Follow the link to book a ride to and from your hotel.

Go Riteway Transportation Group



An NCPTT Divine Disorder Conference and partnership of National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Kohler Foundation Inc. and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

This conference is supported in part by the Kohler Foundation Inc.  Additional support comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.