Discover resources to preview our exhibitions before you visit, or continue your learning after you explore the galleries.
Use exhibition overviews to learn vocabulary and guide your discussions. Exhibition overviews are developed for different suggested ages. Choose the best fit for you!
Printed copies of exhibition overviews are available in The ARTery, our open studio space for all visitors.
Beauty Surplus: Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels
Dr. Charles Smith: Aurora
General Arts Center
Make the most of your visit with these helpful terms. Suggested for age 5+ and families to review together.
We strive for every visitor to feel welcome and comfortable at the Arts Center. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request tailor-made materials for your visit and goals, such as social narratives and sensory materials that connect to the exhibitions.
What is an Art-Environment Builder?
Art-environment builders significantly transform their personal surroundings—for example, their home or yard—into exceptional, multifaceted works of art. Often these art environments embody the maker’s life experience and express the locale in which the builder lives and works. Materials often include local supplies such as concrete, wood, or found materials. Every art environment is different in intent, meaning, scale, or material; however, they share a role as a unique, visual record of personal histories.
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center has preserved and exhibited art environments since the 1970s. Today, with well over twenty thousand individual works of art by thirty different art-environment builders in its collection, the Arts Center is the world’s leading center of presentation and research of this work. In 2007, the Arts Center produced Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds, the first book to explore these spectacular spaces in detail.
The Art Preserve, opening August 2020, reenvisions traditional understandings of museum storage in favor of an approach that allows—in fact, encourages—engaging with the twenty thousand-plus works by artist-environment builders in the Arts Center’s collection.