Current Exhibition

Sept. 10 – Dec. 20, 2020
Two Edmunds: Fitzgerald and Lewandowski—Their Mark on Milwaukee

 This exhibition will highlight the industrial works of Edmund Lewandowski and explore his connection to the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Great Lakes freighter that sank November 10, 1975. Thus, in the midst of the 45th anniversary of the ship’s fateful journey, we wish to also celebrate perhaps the finest industrial painter Milwaukee has ever produced.

Included are photographs, models, paintings and film related to the Two Edmunds from the collections of the Milwaukee Public Library, Haggerty Museum of Art, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Northwestern Mutual, Flint Institute of Arts, Morris Museum of Art, The Johnson Collection and others.

Join us on Tuesday, November 10, the anniversary of the Fitzgerald’s demise, for a book signing and talk with photographer, diver and Great Lakes historian Christopher Winters.

E.F. Anniversary Event: November 10, 6-8pm


Upcoming Exhibitions

Jan. 22 – April 25, 2021
Electric Steel: Recent Photographs by Michael Schultz


Past Exhibitions


    • IRONBOAT: New Photography by Christopher Winters


    • Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee
    • Roll Up Your Sleeves: Photographs by Jim Brozek
    • Growing Place: A Visual Study of Urban Farming


    • David Plowden's Portraits of Work
    • Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography
    • The Art and Mechanics of Animation: The J.J. Sedelmaier Collection


    • Masterworks from the Grohmann Museum: Celebrating 10 Years
    • Steel: The Cycle of Industry
    • Artists at Work: The Cedarburg Artists Guild
    • Artists at Work was featured on The Arts Page on Milwaukee PBS.


    • On the Job: Photography by Jim Seder
    • Milwaukee’s Industrial Landscapes: Paintings by Michael Newhall
    • Art of the North Shore Line


    • Third Annual Technical Communication Design Exhibition
    • Forge Work: New Photography by Michael Schultz
    • Carl Spitzweg in Milwaukee
    • Metal for Mettle: Historic Commemorative Medals Honoring Labor and Achievement
    • H.D. Tylle: Studies
    • The Art of the Milwaukee Road from the Milwaukee Road Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library


    • Second Annual Technical Communication Design Exhibition
    • Erich Mercker: Painter of Industry
    • Art Shay: Working
    • Trains that Passed in the Night: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link


    • Inaugural Technical Communication Design Exhibition
    • A Working Ranch by Jim Brozek
    • Born of Fire: Scenes of Industry from the Westmoreland Museum
      of American Art
    • Bridges: The Spans of North America – Photographs by David Plowden


    • MSOE at Work: Selections from the Campus Archives
    • Carl Spitzweg: The Poor Poet and Other Characters
    • Great Lakers: Selections from the Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library
    • H.D. Tylle: Touring Germany and Working in Wisconsin


    • Working Legacies: The Death and (After) Life of Post-Industrial Milwaukee
    • Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden
    • Milwaukee Mills: A Visual History
    • Lake Boats: The Photography of Jim Brozek and Christopher Winters


    • Wonders of Work and Labor: The Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art, Penn State University
    • Working Wisconsin: Selections from the Museum of Wisconsin Art
    • Foundry Work: A View of the Industry, The Photographs of Michael Schultz


    • Midwest Murals: Joe Jones and J.B. Turnbull from the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University
    • The Bookworm by Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885)
    • Wisconsin at Work: Thorsten Lindberg Paintings and Drawings from the MCHS Collection


    • American Steel: Works from the Collection of Tom and Lorie Annarella
    • A Focus on Figures
    • Stone


    • Physicians, Quacks and Alchemists