Originally published September 7, 2012

The Grohmann Museum presents MSOE at Work: Selections from the Campus Archives, from Sept. 7 through Dec. 17. The exhibit is the first of several events and exhibits to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway.


Taken in the early 1900s, this photo captured MSOE’s humble beginnings. Here students build storage batteries, which they sold to help cover the cost of tuition.

MSOE at Work highlights and showcases the university throughout its history. Photos, prints and documents capturing the evolution of the university and the work of its students are presented to pay tribute to the impact of the dynamic institution. Also featured will be work documenting the development of the museum itself.

Museum visitors are also encouraged to view a significant addition to the Grohmann Museum’s Man at Work art collection: Carl Spitzweg’s The Poor Poet. Spitzweg was one of Germany’s preeminent 19th century painters. In addition to The Poor Poet, several of Spitzweg’s paintings have been assembled for display, including The Bookworm from the Milwaukee Public Library collection. Carl Spitzweg: The Poor Poet and Other Characters will be on display through Dec. 30.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 900 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as themed exhibitions. The museum is owned by MSOE, an independent university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 18 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, engineering technology, building and infrastructure engineering, computer, business, nursing and health-related engineering fields.