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Art Exhibits at the Residence 
The following artwork was selected by First Lady Kathy Evers for display at the Executive Residence. We want to thank the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) for their partnership and support in this project. These are just a few of the pieces you will see on display when you visit the Residence. 

We Are All Making Art

Artist: Adolph Rosenblatt
Painted Ceramic
Lent by: Museum of Wisconsin Art
Gift of the Adolph Rosenblatt Family and the Kohler Foundation, Inc.  

Adolph Rosenblatt was a beloved member of the art faculty at UW-Milwaukee for 33 years. He is best known for creating colorful figurative clay sculptures of real people going about their daily lives - as seen in the portrayal of two art students in We Are All Making Art.

Van Gogh Sunflowers Mirror

Artist: Reginald Baylor
Vinyl on Mirror; 2017
Lent by: Museum of Wisconsin Art
Courtesy of the Reginald Baylor Studio

Reginald Baylor was born in Milwaukee and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He is now known worldwide, for his work in his preferred mediums of masking tape and vinyl, Today, at the Reginald Baylor Studio, Baylor works with a small internal team and serves as an independent contractor for myriad skilled and creative experts. The Reginald Baylor Studio's tagline is "We Design Creativity.”



Blue Abstraction
Patterns in Blue

Artist: Charles Thwaites
Blue Abstraction: Polymer on Paper; 1976
Patterns in Blue: Acrylic on Paper; 1968

Lent by: Museum of Wisconsin Art
Gifts of CWT Art LLC representing the estate of Charles W. Thwaites

In 1952, after several short-term visits, Charles Thwaites and his wife, Antoinette Gruppe (who was also an artist) moved to Taos, New Mexico. Inspired by the landscape and light that was very different to that of his native Wisconsin, and more fully developing an abstract style that he had been working on in Milwaukee, his style changed to an almost unrecognizable degree from the post office murals of 15 years before. Blue Abstraction (1976) is a late painting for Thwaites as he was 72 when he did it, but it shows an artist who has lost none of the joys of creating art, it’s a happy painting, pulsing with energy and movement. Patterns in Blue (1968) suggests a night-time scene of rocks or perhaps buildings in the Taos Pueblo that Thwaites knew so well.



Artist: Lucia Stern
Fabric and Thread; 1950

Lent by: Museum of Wisconsin Art
Gift of the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art

Lucia Stern was largely self-taught as a painter and sculptor; her formal training was in music and literature. Stern studied at the Milwaukee Conservatory, UW-Milwaukee and Columbia University from 1918-1922. Stern served on the board of the Milwaukee Art Institute from 1933 and became a trustee in 1967 when it was the Milwaukee Art Center. She didn't begin to work regularly as an artist until 1935.  She became a docent and lecturer at the Milwaukee Art Institute in 1942, continuing in that capacity for the next forty years. Stern was instrumental in beginning the “Touch the Great” and “Women in the Arts” lecture series at the Milwaukee Art Center. Her characteristic approach in painting, lecturing and writing was to borrow styles or quotes from her contemporaries and modify them.  


Throughout the more than five decades during which she was active, she utilized drawing, painting, sculpting, and decoupage (cut and stitched or glued fabric). She was also an early experimenter with unusual, re-arrangable, sometimes hanging, 3D compositions using cork, plastic, glass, metal foil, cellophane, lucite and driftwood; and, created stuffed sculptures that could double as toys for children and adults. In the 1960s-1970s she began integrating architecture and projected color-light with music and human voice.