For Immediate Release
May 24, 2023
Caroline Dannecker, CAVT Museums Inc.
Villa Terrace welcomes Artist in Residence Ryan Send
Museum partners with UWM for new metalwork residency
MILWAUKEE — The Villa Terrace Art Museum welcomes local artist and blacksmith Ryan Send to its new residency program which partners with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to bring metalwork back to the Museum.
Send’s practice uses traditional blacksmith techniques to sculpt organic forms — influenced by the fantastic and pop culture fantasy aesthetics. “My works use fantastic elements to influence how viewers perceive real space and question the material,” says Send.
The blacksmith will be studying the Villa’s collection of Cyril Colnik ironworks and creating a series of sculptures for a solo exhibition at Villa. Send will have access to UW-Milwaukee’s forge to work throughout his residency.
“We’re excited to welcome Ryan to our new metalworking residency program and grateful to UW-Milwaukee for helping to make this residency possible through the use of their forge,” says Executive Director Jaymee Harvey Willms. “At the Villa — with our collection of Colnik works — we value the artistry of metalwork. By welcoming blacksmiths like Ryan to interact with our collection, we hope to reinvigorate the community’s imagination and appreciation of the material.”
Ryan Send will be in residence at the Villa Terrace through Sept. 17, 2023. An exhibition of his work will open Aug. 17.
For more information regarding the Villa Terrace Art Museum, exhibitions and hours visit villaterrace.org.
About Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums Inc.
Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Museums Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving Milwaukee's history and enriching the county through culture and the arts. CAVT supports and celebrates the public’s access to these two historic homes and their art collections by providing innovative and inspiring exhibitions and programming that encourages a better, stronger and more inclusive Milwaukee. CAVT Museums oversees the conservation and continued development of the Museums through member and donor support. For information regarding membership, admission and events visit cavtmuseums.org.
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For Immediate Release: May 20, 2023
Villa Terrace Presents "A Different Kind of Garden" by Cat Gilbert
Milwaukee artist's solo exhibition opens June 8
MILWAUKEE — The Villa Terrace Museum of Decorative Arts presents “A Different Kind of Garden,” a solo exhibition by Milwaukee artist and Villa Artist in Residence Cat Gilbert, which explores the Museum's architecture and grounds through an aesthetic lens.
Using prints, paintings and sculpture developed during her residency at the Museum, Gilbert’s exhibition documents and exaggerates the colors, patterns and motifs found in the Villa’s architecture and expansive gardens. Gilbert’s work presents an array of imaginative and evocative landscapes and florals for visitors to explore.
Immediate Release: March 7, 2023
Villa Terrace announces biennial exhibition celebrating contemporary craft
Features five Greater Milwaukee artists
MILWAUKEE — The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum on Milwaukee’s East Side returns to its roots with the exhibition “Mestiere Biennale” which surveys and celebrates contemporary craft in Greater Milwaukee.
“Mestiere” – Italian for craft – is a juried exhibition surveying contemporary craft in the region. Artists must exhibit mastery of their material discipline to be selected. This year’s exhibition was juried by Curator Laura Bickford of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and features the works of Abigail Edmonds, Sheila Held, Melissa Paré, James Smessaert and Michael Ware.
For Immediate Release: March 1, 2023
Villa Terrace Art Museum Welcomes Artist in Residence:
Milwaukee Painter Cat Gilbert Joins the Museum
MILWAUKEE — The Villa Terrace Museum of Decorative Arts on Milwaukee’s East Side welcomes local artist Cat Gilbert as its newest artist in residence this March.
“I was immediately enamored with the space and the gardens [when I first visited the Villa],” says Gilbert who is thrilled by the opportunity to study the museum’s Italian-inspired architecture and gardens more closely. “As an artist in residence, I intend to document the Villa through the colors and patterns found in its architecture and abundant plant life and bring the stories of the space into play through these details.”
For Immediate Release: Oct. 12, 2022
Midwest Artists Take Center Stage in New Exhibition at Villa Terrace Art Museum
Three Rising Artists Tackle Identity and Experiences in Sculpture
MILWAUKEE – The Villa Terrace Art Museum in Milwaukee is putting the spotlight on three young, rising artists for its contemporary sculpture exhibition, “Grounded.”
Exploring narratives of identity and relationships with space and socio-political systems, “Grounded” presents experimental and formal sculpture installations by artists Nick Drain, Sydnie Jimenez and Z Moralez. Moralez and Drain recently graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Chicago-based Jimenez is a Midwest transplant and a recent graduate of the School of the Chicago Art Institute.
“Grounded is a moment to recognize the importance of emerging artists,” says Senior Curator Phoenix Brown. “In their work, Sydnie, Nick and Z are seamlessly combining multiple modes of making to challenge the status quo and cement their narratives in history.”
For Immediate Release: Aug. 31, 2022
Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums Announce Access Program for Low-Income Families
The Allis joins the Villa Terrace in Increasing Art and Museum Accessibility in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE – Today the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums announced that they have joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.
The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting the museums. They will now receive free admission for up to four people to the Allis and the Terrace, with presentation of a SNAP electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card.