Current Exhibition

Selections from the Permanent Collection (ongoing)

Upcoming Exhibitions

May 21–August 22, 2021
artWORK by the League of Milwaukee Artists 

-Grand Opening Event-

Meet the Artists: May 21, 6-8pm


In collaboration with The League of Milwaukee Artists, this exhibition features over 50 works by more than 30 local artists.  The League of Milwaukee Artists has been provided the opportunity to create new works—all with a working or industrial theme—specifically for this display.  League members readily accepted this challenge and have been busy creating paintings, sculptures, photos, and prints for inclusion.  

In organizing the exhibition, LMA President Judy Gahn Murphy notes: “The League of Milwaukee Artists are honored to be able to showcase our member’s talents at this incredible show at the Grohmann Museum.  The theme of the show, artWORK, was embraced by our members to create an interesting and diverse exhibition.  This is not one to miss.”

Image: Janet Roberts, Northwestern Line

September 10–December 19, 2021
The Railroad and the Art of Place: Photographs by David Kahler


Kahler PhotographThe exhibition The Railroad and the Art of Place: Photographs by David Kahler traces industrial rail lines across America’s Appalachian coal country. Once thriving economic centers, Kahler’s view of small-town West Virginia and Kentucky illustrates the ebb and flow of communities dependent on railroad traffic amidst the decline of the once powerful coal industry. Desolate, yet beautiful, Kahler’s photographs expertly capture the raw emotions attached to the railroad industry. Along with the loss of major coal productions in the region and the resulting economic vacuum it created as it disappeared, the railroad continues to serve as a financial lifeline and a reminder of a richer past.

Past Exhibitions

  • ELECTRIC STEEL: Recent Photographs by Michael Schultz
  • IRONBOAT: New Photography by Christopher Winters
  • TWO EDMUNDS: Fitzgerald and Lewandowski - Their Mark on Milwaukee
  • 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
  • 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