About This Event

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Art Preserve at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center - 2020

5:30 pm | Complimentary reception + mixing-and-mingling with other Murdock Society members
6:15 pm
| Presentation by Sam Gappmayer, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Art Preserve, in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall
7:30 pm
| Optional dinner following in the Robert M. Beren Room

Bone towers built in a kitchen. Concrete sculptures constructed in a yard on the shore of Lake Michigan. Elaborate fiber hangings woven in a New York City loft. These works from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center collection exemplify the complex artist-built environments contained at the Art Preserve.

Newly opened in 2021, Art Preserve is an experimental space designed to house the Kohler’s collection of more than 35 artist-built environments. This new center is a platform for ongoing explorations and investigations into these environments and their makers.

Art Preserve is a new facility for the Kohler Arts Center, an arts organization founded by the Kohler plumbing company heiress Ruth DeYoung Kohler to advance the cause of self-taught and outsider artists.

Free program for Murdock Society members only. Murdock members will receive the Zoom registration via email.

Interested in this event but not a Murdock Society member? Email


Little Gem Lettuce with Spring Radish and Green Goddess Dressing

Choice of Entrée
Seared Sea Scallops with Potatoes, Green Peas,  and Mango Pepper Salsa
Grilled Spring Lamb Chops with Colored Fingerling Potatoes, Asparagus,  and Tomato Mint Jam
Spaghetti Squash and Angel Hair Pie with Roasted Portobello Mushroom, Spinach, and Tomato Coulis

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette with Petit Marnier Whipped Cream

Our Speaker

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Sam Gappmayer, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Art Preserve at John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin