I am currently on the hunt for objects to include in the exhibition of Wisconsin decorative arts opening at the Milwaukee Art Museum this fall. With the help of Ron Christman (of the Antiques Center at Wales), I’ve been able to expand my search to include private collections as well as public ones. Ron has generously offered his time to introduce me to a number of individuals with impressive collections of Wisconsin furniture, ceramics, metalwork, and more. He’s helped me turn up some exciting things that will make for important additions to the show. Through the search process, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet some great people with some fascinating stories to tell about their collecting experiences.
The exhibition–The Finest in the Western Country: Wisconsin Decorative Arts 1820-1900–opens at the Milwaukee Art Museum on September 11, 2008.
Posted by Emily Pfotenhauer.