Wandering Wisconsin

Explore astounding large-scale works of art known as art environments that have surprised travelers and intrigued and bemused local residents throughout the Wisconsin landscape for decades. Entry to each of the sites is free of charge.

Delve into the grottos, weave through a European-style shrine and its acres of gardens, admire beautiful vistas, wander along woodland paths where concrete statues decorate the way forward, discover a painted forest, marvel at concrete wonders, and more. Download a booklet with more detailed information about each site.

Throughout Wisconsin, art environments wait to be discovered anew by you. Each shares the story of the maker’s rich heritage and traditions. Spend an afternoon, a weekend, or an extended vacation exploring art, architecture, and gardens of the nine sites that comprise Wandering Wisconsin—one indoor site and eight outdoor sites.

Create your own adventure or use one of the several self-guided tours available. Maps are available by emailing wanderingwisconsin@jmkac.org or downloading the map.

Wandering Wisconsin Roadside Events 2018

Sunday, August 5

1:00–5:00 p.m.

5634 Evergreen Drive, Town of Wilson, WI 53081

Celebrate Sheboygan’s history during the Chair City Cookout at the James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden. Tellen, a painter at one of Sheboygan’s many chair companies in the 1930s, built a contemplative sculpture garden in the lush woods surrounding a cabin in the Town of Wilson. It is a perfect backdrop for an afternoon of live music, art-making workshops, friends, and food!

All ages


Sunday, August 12
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

7351 WI-39, Hollandale, WI 53544

Bring the family to Nick Engelbert’s Grandview for a free, fun-filled day of art making in his home that he covered with concrete inlaid with shards of china, glass, beads, buttons, and sea shells. Meet the artist-in-residence and check out the new wood-fired kiln, and enjoy wood-fired pizzas and ice cream sundaes!

All ages


Saturday, August 25
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

7788 Daylight Rd, Sparta, WI 54656

Explore one of Wisconsin’s fascinating art environments, the Wegner Grotto, and create art in the outdoors! Try your hand at outdoor painting, clay sculpting, and mosaic making. Instructors will be on hand and additional arts will be demonstrated. All skill and age levels are welcome! The Wegner Grotto is located at 7788 Daylight Road, Sparta, Wisconsin, 15 minutes north of Sparta off Hwy 27, west on Hwy 71, south of the town of Cataract. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mclhr or call 608-269-8680.

All ages