This listing includes exhibits held at the Rahr-West Art Museum. It is not intended to be inclusive, as annual exhibits such as the Youth Art Series, The Art of Tablesettings, and Christmas in the Mansion are not listed.
Marc Chagall: Le Cirque
November 26, 2021-February 13, 2022
Le Cirque is a print portfolio of 38 prints completed by Marc Chagall in 1968. For Marc Chagall, the circus stage was the ideal setting for the dreamlike, extraordinary acts ever-present in his art. In Le Cirque, he summoned the spectacle of the circus experience in all its colorful variety - clowns, acrobats and women riding bareback, stands brimming with onlookers - as a vivid metaphor for the sometimes precarious artist-lifestyle he had decided to lead. With time, the circus came to lie at the very heart of his personal mythology and became symbolic of the human condition.
The Manitowoc/MOWA Cabinet: The Work of Patrick Burke, David Carpenter and Randy Sahli
July 11-September 5, 2021
This exhibit revolves around a very special cabinet that was commissioned by the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Featuring the carpentry of Randy Sahli, the carvings of Patrick Burke, the painting of David Carpenter and finishing by Julie Gunderson, this work has deep ties to the community. A selection of work by each artist will be on exhibit.
Portrait of Manitowoc Project
February 28-July 25, 2021
This community art project led by portrait artist Sonia Vasquez was created between October 2020 and February 2021. This project was generously funded by Art Bridges.
Ann Barbeau Photography
May 9-July 3, 2021
Ann Barbeau: Photography, featured digital photography by Manitowoc artist Ann Barbeau. Barbeau’s work celebrates the beauty she finds in Manitowoc. The images focus on four subjects: a walk along the shore, details from the forests, beach ice, and the sunrise.
January 29-February 21, 2021
Featured recent gifts to the Rahr-West Art Museum by artists Judith Roth, Lest Schwartz, Sterling Rathsack, and more.
Ron Stokes: Retrospective
June 7-August 9, 2020
An avid watercolor artist, Ron also liked to experiment in various other mediums. A lifelong arts educator, Ron spent more than 30 years working with the Manitowoc Public School District. Learn more about Ron Stokes.
What They Were Wearing
June 7-August 9, 2020
An exhibit developed by InCourage and exhibited at the Rahr-West Art Museum explored the stigma associated with victims of sexual assault attached to their clothing. The installation was designed to show that sexual assault and rape do not discriminate based upon what a person was wearing, by presenting the outfits worn by victims when they were assaulted.
Hmong Heritage & Culture
December 8, 2019-January 12, 2020
Featured artwork and artifacts celebrating the unique artisanship and culture of the Hmong people.
Pure Energy: Charles Dix & Doris White
June 9-August 11, 2019
This exhibition used the Rahr-West Art Museum's extensive collection to examine two of Wisconsin's most acclaimed abstract expressionists.
The Naval Art of Thomas Hart Benton
May 19-September 15, 2019
This exhibition examined Thomas Hart Benton's Naval artwork created during World War II.
Joan Emmett is Fantastic
January 27-February 17, 2019
From steam-punk machines to fanciful artwork, Manitowoc artist Joan Emmett brings fantasy to life with her creations.
Ladies of the Lake Quilters
December 9, 2019-January 13, 2019
Featured beautiful hand-made quilts by the local Ladies of the Lake quilt group.
Really Big Prints
July 22-September 16, 2018
Featured prints made during UW Manitowoc's Really Big Prints 3.0 event.
R.T. Wallen: Naturally
July 1-September 16, 2018
This exhibit showcased the Manitowoc sculptor's creations in bronze and stone lithography.
Modern Masters: Twentieth Century Prints
June 10-August 12, 2018
Organized by the reading Public Museum, this exhibit featured prints from the major modern artists of the 20th Century, including Warhol, Picasso, Dali, and more.
University of Wisconsin Faculty Art
December 3, 2017-January 14, 2018
Featured work by faculty members from throughout the University of Wisconsin system in a variety of media.
Marc Chagall: Le Cirque
June 11-August 13, 2017
Featured the rare and internationally coveted series of 38 Le Cirque lithographs. This collection, known to collectors as the Teriade Portfolio, is revered as one of the best 20th Century print art series.
Silent Service: Artwork from the Naval History & Heritage Command
May 21-September 17, 2017
This traveling Naval exhibition included select artwork created by the Navy's in residence artist, John Charles Roach.
Poetry in Color: The Works of Bert Zylstra
January 15-February 12, 2017
Featured the colorful paintings of Dutch artist Bert Zylstra, complimented by the poetry of Kathryn Gahl.