John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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John Michael Kohler Arts Center
John Michael Kohler Entryway
General information
Location 608 New York Avenue
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
 United States
Governing body Sheboygan Arts Foundation, Inc.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a not-for-profit art museum operated by the Sheboygan Arts Foundation, Inc., located in downtown Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States.[1] The original house at the facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the John Michael Kohler House.

The Sheboygan Arts Foundation, Inc. was created in 1959 and its first board included Mrs. Walter J. Kohler III.[2]

In 1966, the Kohler Foundation donated the Kohler family homestead to the Sheboygan Arts Foundation, Inc. for the use of the arts center.[3]

The center was established in 1967 and was expanded to 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) beginning in 2000.[1] It reaches 160,000 people each year and an estimated four million since its inception.[4] The center has ten galleries, a theater, performance and meeting spaces, studio-classrooms, an all ages/all abilities activity space known as The ARTery, an on-site retail shop called ARTspace, and a cafe named ARTcafe. The center also has an adjunct site called ARTspace at the Shops at Woodlake, which is an exhibition space and shop in the nearby village of Kohler.[1]

Programming at the center includes dance performances, art exhibits, festivals, music performances, and theatre; an arts based preschool, classes, demonstrations, lectures, and tours.[4] The John Michael Kohler Arts Center has an arts/industry program, the primary component of which is a residency program at Kohler Company.[5] Artists have the opportunity to spend two to six months creating works of art utilizing industrial materials and equipment. The center is known for its artist-created bathrooms.[6]

John Michael Kohler House


  1. ^ a b c John Michael Kohler Arts Center Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved July 25, 2007
  2. ^ "Officers Of Foundation Named Here". The Sheboygan Press. 29 May 1959. p. 13. 
  3. ^ "A Welcome Gift". The Sheboygan Press. 6 Jul 1966. p. 39. 
  4. ^ a b John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Retrieved July 25, 2007
  5. ^ Finkel, Jori. "Way Off the Beaten Path, Letting the Outsiders In". New York Times. 
  6. ^ The Urinals of John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Retrieved July 25, 2007.

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