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Wisconsin Women Artists Featured at Milwaukee Public Library

In 2016, the Milwaukee Art Museum partnered with Milwaukee Public Library to present Wisconsin Women Artists, an exhibition of paintings on view through September 2019 in the Central Library Art Gallery.

From cultural leaders to art educators, women have played a pivotal role in the development of the arts in the city of Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin. This selection of paintings by Wisconsin women artists spans more than one hundred years and highlights the breadth of their artistic contributions and output, from early realist landscapes and portraits, to abstract and modernist canvases.

Below are just a few of the works featured in the exhibition—stop by the library to see them all!

Susan Cressy’s Birds of Passage

Susan Cressy, Birds of Passage, probably 19211922. Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of A Friend. M1922.21.

Anna Louisa Miller’s October Storm of 1949

Anna Louisa Miller, October Storm of 1949, ca. 1949. Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zadok. M1951.5.

Ruth Grotenrath’s Sleeping Girl

Ruth Grotenrath, Sleeping Girl, ca. 1935. Milwaukee Art Museum, Purchase M1935.4. Photo by John R. Glembin.

Ruth Grotenrath’s Untitled

Ruth Grotenrath, Untitled, 1963. Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of Schomer Lichtner Trust and Kohler Foundation, Inc. M2008.193. Photo by John R. Glembin.

Wisconsin Women Artists is curated by Brandon Ruud, Abert Family Curator of American Art.

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