Celebrate the working past at the Grohmann Museum’s Lost Arts Festival. The museum hosts its eighth annual festival celebrating the activities and ways of work captured in the paintings and bronzes in its permanent collection. Artisans will share their expertise and demonstrate their techniques as the museum and its surroundings become a laboratory for the creation of “Lost Arts.” The festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 1000 N. Broadway.

The Grohmann Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall, and the Lost Arts Festival is just one of the ways the museum and MSOE are honoring the occasion. The festival is a fun and affordable family activity, and gives visitors the opportunity to see some of the “lost arts” of the past.

Visitors will enjoy live music by Frogwater and watching demonstrations by:

  • Steve Allen, craft brewer
  • Marv Bollman, woodcraft bowls and ornaments
  • Grohmann Museum Master Painters
  • Kristi Hatzinger, leather craftwork
  • Gary Hess, cooperage (barrel making)
  • Milwaukee Blacksmith, blacksmiths
  • Cheryl Myers, spinning, knitting and crocheting
  • Jeff Selchow, woodturning
  • Mary L. Spencer, glass artist
  • Scott Sullivan, artisanal axe crafting and restoration
  • Luke and Dev Traver, wooden shoe carvers

Regular museum admission applies: $5 adults; $3 students and seniors; free for children under 12 and MSOE students, faculty, staff and alumni (with I.D.).

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 1,300 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 2,900 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.


James Kieselburg, II

Department: Grohmann Museum
(414) 277-7139 Grohmann Museum: GM112 kieselbu@msoe.edu
Exhibitions and Collections Manager

Russ Piant

Department: Grohmann Museum
(414) 277-2681 Grohmann Museum: GM017 piantr@msoe.edu
Coordinator of Visitor Services

Ann Rice

Department: Grohmann Museum
(414) 277-2333 Grohmann Museum: GM103 ricea@msoe.edu