GROWTH AFTER 2013. Now several years after Cedarburg Art Museum opened its doors, the permanent collection has grown to more than 260 artworks, thanks to gifts from area art lovers, artists, and collectors who wish to donate their art to an institution that will preserve and display their art. Artworks are admitted to the collection by a review process of the Museum’s Collection Committee in alignment with the museum’s mission.
MUSEUM MISSION, ITS EXHIBITIONS, AND LIVING ARTISTS. The Museum’s mission is to exhibit, collect, and preserve the art and artists of Cedarburg and its surrounding areas along with artwork of outstanding artists of Wisconsin. Exhibitions that follow the museum’s mission also help to promote the addition of artwork to the Cedarburg Art Museum Collection through gifts that were stimulated by exhibitions or through occasional museum purchases. For example, at this time the Museum owns eight 19th Century paintings by Bernhard Schneider. Seven of these were gifts stimulated by a 2014 exhibition of Schneider’s paintings paired with prints of the artist’s early glass-plate negatives discovered in the early 21st century in Cedarburg. Likewise, creating exhibitions of living artists in our area demonstrates how the Cedarburg Art Museum seeks to provide support and commerce for artists with a venue for displaying their artwork. The Museum may occasionally make purchases of artwork by outstanding local artists for its permanent collection from these exhibitions, as financial resources allow.
OUTSTANDING WISCONSIN ARTISTS. To bolster its collection of outstanding Wisconsin artists, the Kohler Foundation, Inc. encouraged the Cedarburg Art Museum to acquire at no cost artwork chosen by the museum’s collection committee from the estates of modernist Wisconsin artists Joseph A. Friebert, Kenn Kwint, Theodore Czebotar, and John N. Colt. Mainly though, the Museum relies on donations of artwork from friends of the museum to help increase its collection holdings. It also gratefully accepts monetary donations earmarked for purchase of certain works or for conservation expenses to help with preservation and upgrades of museum archival matting, backing, and framing materials.