A Great Year at The Trout Museum of Art

Trout Museum of Art and Fox Cities Building for the Arts reflects on a great 2015.

IMG_3948 2.JPGHello friends, members and supporters!

Impact and effectiveness are two of the things I look for as a donor to organizations that are important to me and share my values. From the vantage point of the President of the Fox Cities Building for the Arts and The Trout Museum of Art, I feel great about all we have achieved this year!

During 2015 the Building for the Arts programming has provided exceptional opportunities for children and adults to access arts and culture. And, there is a spirit of joy and possibility in the outreach and collaboration made possible by the Building for the Arts.


Highlights from this year include a record number of children engaged in programs and visits to the art museum. Through work with our collaborative partners, we produced programs like Storytime in the Museum, The Young Audiences Fine Arts Series, Artistic Adventures, and Family Studio. Additionally we offered art camps, outdoor experiences and more.

This year marked the first full year of SPARK!, a program providing interactive, hands on experiences in a comfortable museum setting to engage and stimulate those experiencing memory loss. It also serves to provide the caregiver with an enjoyable outing during which they learn techniques to engage their loved ones at home.


The uniqueness of The Trout Museum of Art allows us to showcase visual arts exhibitions like this year’s Norman Rockwell: A Portrait of America and the current exhibit, Masterworks through the Centuries featuring the work of Durer – Rembrandt – Chagall. These exhibits provide a foundation for many of the programs we share with our community.


We celebrated two major milestones. During the month of September, we officially announced the burning of the mortgage on the Fox Cities Building for the Arts! This year also marked the 55th anniversary of Art at the Park.

We continue to evaluate our role in the community so that we can do our very best to bring unique exhibits, programs and events for all to enjoy and that make the Fox Cities a great place to live!


I hope that you will join me and the many friends of the Building for the Arts and The Trout Museum of Art in making your year-end gift.

Our very best wishes to you and your family for a Happy New Year!

Pamela Williams-Lime

Festival of Trees at The Trout Museum of Art

3b3c17e2-c185-460e-83fe-dc2f1f39fd392nd Annual Festival of Trees – Nov. 1 – 21:

Join the Trout Museum of Art for this free celebratory exhibit!

The Fox Cities Building for the Arts rings in the holiday season with unique experiences for the entire family. Local artists and businesses display colorful wreaths, trees, and stockings, available for silent bidding throughout downtown Appleton.

Home for the Holidays

Thursday, Nov. 5 & 12, 6pm-9pm

Children’s Story & Activity Time

Wednesday, Nov. 4 & 18

Drop-In Studio: Upcycled Holiday Ornaments

Nov. 7, 14, & 15, Noon-4pm

Live Performances

Starting this Saturday

Auction Reception

Saturday, Nov. 21, 6pm-8pm

When planning your visit to the museum, please be aware that the elevator is currently out of service. We apologize for the inconvenience.

A Downtown Holiday Tradition

For a full Festival of Trees experience, be sure to visit each participating downtown destination. Each business is part of the exhibition space, showcasing a tree that you can bid on. Proceeds benefit a partnering non-profit organization. Pick up a map at The Trout Museum of Art to participate in this downtown experience!


Trout Museum Open Late on Thursdays


The Trout Museum of Art will extend its hours starting Thursday. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays to coincide with efforts to engage community members with downtown Appleton’s art, music and food scene. The museum’s extended hours will give patrons extra time to visit the Norman Rockwell: A Portrait of America exhibit, the Regional Artist Gallery featuring Richard Margolis, and the newly revealed American flag community art project created at the 55th Annual Art at the Park.

Led by local artist Kim Schonfeld, the five-foot by seven-foot mosaic was created out of 20,000 pieces of unglazed porcelain Sicis tiles from Italy and ceramic tiles from France by hundreds of community members attending three Appleton Downtown Farm Markets and Art at the Park. Schonfeld and the newly minted local artisans were assisted by many community partners, with sponsorship of the collaborative project coming from Bergstrom Automotive.

“Community art projects expose people to art in a non-intimidating way and allow members of the community to really participate, resulting in a mosaic that is truly representative of the community,” Schonfeld said. “All the pieces are not the same. They are not all going in the ‘right’ direction. But when you put them altogether, they’re a cohesive unit. That’s what the community is. It’s a lot of different pieces that all have their own way and their own shapes that come together.”

For more information, visit www.troutmuseum.org/Events/Upcoming-Events or call 920-733-4089.

Create an American Flag Mosaic at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market


Place your piece on the Trout Museum of Art’s community art project – an American flag mosaic masterpiece!

Stop by the Downtown Appleton Farm Market THIS Saturday to help out, then drop-by Family Studio at the Fox Cities Building for the Arts from 9:30am-1pm to create your own mini mosaic to take home! $5/person.


Thank you to artist, Kimberly Schoenfeld for spearheading this piece as well as project sponsor Bergstrom Automotive and AATP title sponsor, Community First Credit Union for making this possible.

Free Admission for Art on the Town at the Fox Cities Building for the Arts

FREE Admission to spectacular exhibits at the Fox Cities Building for the Arts for Art on the Town!

RAG_Margolis_Banner2 Travel back to the early 20th century through the family ‘Photography of Loretta Judson’.


Also, this weekend is the last chance to see the 35th Annual SECURA Fine Art Exhibition – Northeast Wisconsin’s Premier Juried Art Show.

111 W. College Ave.

Santa Sunday at the Trout Museum during Festival of Trees looking for Volunteers

634F1E2F4182FDD791244CCC16F365F6_14764276Come and help out at our Santa Sunday during Festival of Trees! We still have openings for volunteers this Sunday from 11:45am-2:00pm. We are looking for volunteers to assist Santa during photo sessions with children and volunteers to help with ornament making in the art studio.

To sign up please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094aaaab29a5fb6-festival and start getting in the holiday spirit!

Art of Conversation November 18th at Trout Museum of Art


Do you have favorite holiday traditions – making cookies, decorating the tree, going to the parade?

Enjoy a time to discuss holiday traditions with the community at The Art of Conversation at  The Trout Museum of Art – presented by The Post-Crescent (Appleton-Fox Cities, Wisconsin), next Tuesday, November 18, 11:00am-Noon in the gallery.