Owen J. Gromme, Artist's Studies, 1968
On View through July 2013
Owen J. Gromme: An Enduring Legacy
An artist’s dream came true in 1965 when
celebrated Wisconsin painter and naturalist Owen
J. Gromme received a commission from Marshall &
Ilsley Bank. Gromme would capture the wildlife and
landscapes he loved in a collection of forty-three
paintings for the Bank’s then-new Milwaukee
building. In the early 1970s, Gromme’s friendship
with the Woodson Art Museum’s founders led to his
pivotal role as organizer of the fledgling
Museum’s inaugural exhibition.
Today, Gromme is recognized as the “father of
Birds in Art.” This story comes full
circle, thanks to BMO Harris Bank’s generous 2011
gift of the collection which debuted September 8,
2012 in its new permanent home at the Woodson Art
Museum that Gromme helped launch thirty-seven
Highlighted by a re-creation of the artist’s
studio, these paintings reveal Gromme at his best
along with his reverence for the flora and fauna
of his home state.
Owen J. Gromme: An Enduring Legacy remains
on view through July 2013 in the Woodson Art
Museum's new building addition gallery.
Click on the links below to view additional artworks from this exhibition.