Five-Star Travel

By: Holly Van Eperen, collections and project manager on April 17th, 2024

Two weeks ago, Shannon Pueschner, curator of exhibitions, and I visited Kohler and Sheboygan with a group of museum travelers for three days of arts, industry, and luxurious accommodations.

Group photo of Born from Industry travelers at the John Michael Kohler Art Preserve

We started out exploring the Art Preserve of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, a 56,000 square foot exhibition space devoted to artist-built environments. The Art Preserve is a unique space defined by Ruth DeYoung Kohler’s vision to preserve the relationship between the artist and the place. Many of the artist-built environments were created and meant to remain outdoors, and the Art Preserve strives to display these artists’ body of work in a way that recreates the integral qualities of the original site. 

Image of artists work in-situ

View of visible storage display at the Art Preserve











The following day we headed off to the Kohler Company for a tour of the foundry and pottery factories, met with current Arts/Industry Residency participating artists, and spent time admiring the fantastical Kohler Design Center.

Following the factory tour, we headed back to The American Club for a deep dive into its history from the people who called the “American Club” home to the 1981 reimagining of The American Club to the esteemed Five-Dimond hotel and resort hotel we know today.

The American Club tour of the Wisconsin Room

Exterior view of The American Club











On our last day, after a hearty breakfast at one of the several extraordinary dining opportunities at the resort, we headed off to The John Michael Kohler Arts Center for a tour of their multifaceted exhibitions. There we experienced the exhibition Mad Dash: 50 Years of Arts/Industry highlighting the Arts/Industry Residency program at Kohler.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center exhibition “Work in Progress: Celebrating 50 Years of Arts/Industry”

John Michael Kohler Arts Center exhibition “Mad Dash: 50 Years of Arts/Industry”


We ended our journey  at the James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden where we experienced an artist-built environment in-situ.

After returning to the Museum, all travelers (us included) were all left looking forward to the next Woodson adventure.

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