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As a leading American Surrealist artist, John Wilde saw more than fifteen hundred of his works acquired by museums and private collections and had over two hundred solo and group exhibitions. Even so, Wilde’s Wilde: A Very Private Collection is unique because it is composed exclusively of the paintings and drawings Wilde and his wife Shirley chose to keep in their home for decades. Wilde’s Wildes provides an overview of his career as well as an insight into how he worked and what he and his wife cherished.
The new Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend, Wisconsin is one of the top regional art museums in the country. It is the primary venue nationally for the exhibition of historic and contemporary Wisconsin art, including holdings of more than 300 artists, over 4,000 works of art, and a sizeable archive/ library. Each year, MOWA presents 12-14 exhibitions, numerous weekly educational and public programs targeted to all ages and interest levels, and a series of special events. In April 2013, MOWA celebrated a major milestone with the opening of a new building on the Milwaukee River that doubled the gallery square footage and expanded its capacity to offer public programs and educational activities.