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Nohl Fellow Update: William Andersen & Mark Escribano

July 13, 2012

2004 Nohl Fellow William Andersen recently sold a piece from his 2005 Nohl Exhibition, Mi er wa qi, to our good friends at Chipstone. The piece, a chinoiserie drill (pictured below), is displayed alongside other works by Andersen at Chipstone.

Mi er wa qi, 2005, William Andersen

Mark Escribano, a 2003 Nohl fellow, has a great Q&A with Art City's Mary Louise Schumacher over on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel site. The conversation touches on Escribano's move from Milwaukee to Los Angeles, his recent work on several "orphaned" art films he began while living in Milwaukee, and more. Read the interview here.

Nohl Fellow Update

July 3, 2012

Nicholas Lampert, one of the Established artists awarded a 2011 Nohl Fellowship, collaborated with Dan S. Wang for a print in Zone of Contention: The U.S./Mexico Border at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. The exhibition was curated by Xandra Eden, one of the jurors who selected the 2011 Nohl Fellows, and who became accquainted with Lampert's work during that process.

For more info on Zone of Contention and to see an image of Lampert and Wang's print, click here.

Return of the Rickey

June 27, 2012


As some visitors to the garden have noticed, George Rickey's Peristyle--Three Lines (1963-1964) has been absent from its perch on the patio by the pool for some time now. Because the "three lines" of Peristyle's title are moving parts, it was necessary to bring the sculpture indoors during the windiest months to avoid damage. But now (despite today's wind) the Rickey returns to its rightful location!


Nohl: Suitcase Export Fund Summer Cycle 2011 Awardees

June 25, 2012

We are pleased to announce the twelve awardees in the 2011 Summer Cycle of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund. The fund provides support to greater Milwaukee artists who are exhibiting or screening work outside the immediate four-county area. This group of artists will be taking work to New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, Albuquerque, Colorado Springs; and Warsaw, Poland; Zurich, Switzerland; Harlosa, Sweden; and Beijing, China.

Paula Christensen: To exhibit three paintings at Parallax Art Fair New York, to be held at 82 Mercer, an event space in Soho.


Waldek Dynerman: For a solo exhibition at Test Gallery in Warsaw, Poland--an interactive installation of 15 small sculptures and a live video projection.


Anthony Ferraro: To participate in the American Black Film Festival's first "Webisode Challenge" in Miami with his web series Gettin' Grown TV.


Nicholas Frank: For a solo mini-exhibition in the John Riepenhoff Experience (a miniature gallery) at the Pepin Moore gallery in Los Angeles. He will present a video sculpture, part of the ongoing Secret Choreographer Series, made for the peculiar characteristics of the JRE.


Ashley Janke: To participate in “Black and White,” a group exhibition curated by Ryan Travis Christian at Double Break in San Diego. Janke is showing a black and white etching.

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Susan Kamholz: To exhibit three paintings at Parallax Art Fair New York, to be held at 82 Mercer, an event space in Soho.


Gregory Klassen: For a two-person exhibition at Galerie Rosenberg in Zurich, Switzerland, featuring 8 of Klassen’s recent (large) paintings.


Colleen Ludwig: To exhibit “Shiver,” an immersive, interactive environment that integrates programming, electronics and a recirculating water system into a pre-fabricated architectural framework, at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. "Shiver" was juried into the presentation for the 2012 International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) conference, Machine Wilderness.

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C. Matthew Luther: For an exhibition in Harlosa, Sweden in conjunction with an artist residency through Arna Fagelriket (the avian kingdom).


Greg J. Schoeneck: For a solo show at the new G44 Gallery in Colorado Springs, Colorado (the grand opening). He will show 10-12 large and medium scale oil paintings.


Shane Walsh: To participate in a group exhibition at the Francine Seders Gallery in Seattle.

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Jason Yi: For an onsite installation at the Inside-out Art Museum in Beijing, part of an international exhibition examining East Asian cultural influences. The exhibition will inaugurate the museum’s new space.

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Bike Racks

June 22, 2012


We are excited to announce that we've finally installed bike racks for you intrepid cyclists who come to the garden via bicycle. The racks are located by the outdoor restrooms in the parking lot/prairie.

Plein Air Paintings

June 5, 2012

Our Director of Education, Jeremy Stepien, took photos of some of the plein air paintings created during our 2nd Anniversary Celebration/Plein Air Painting Day this past Saturday. I'm excited to post them here on the blog, but unfortunately I don't have info for all of them. If your painting is posted below, please email me at so I can credit you. Thanks again to everybody who participated!


Luma Lubbad



Sharon Bloomgarden


Rahul Sabnis

Nishant S. Sabnis

Caitlin Christine Martell


Irma Castañeda


Annie Koch

2nd Anniversary Celebration/Plein Air Day Recap

June 4, 2012

Although technically our second anniversary was May 30th, we designated yesterday for our official celebration and planned a day of activities centered around plein air painting. Some guests brought their own painting materials. Others checked out watercolor kits from our art studio and found painting spots out on the grounds.

Photos: Elisabeth Albeck.

Heather Eiden kicked off her summer yoga series, Yoga in the Garden, with a free introductory session. (You can join Heather every Sunday from 1-2:30 pm for yoga at Lynden.)

Photos: Elisabeth Albeck.

Meanwhile, Ali Lubbad and Michael Kashou of the Painted Caves were deep in the groove on the patio, using a range of string, percussion and wind instruments and loops to provide the soundtrack for the day's festivities. Their meditative, entrancing sounds were perfect for dancing, artmaking, wandering and relaxing.

Photos: Elisabeth Albeck.

Guests took a tour of the sculpture with docent Lloyd Hickson and a tour of the numerous varieties of trees on the grounds with Sharon Morrisey and Jason Housworth. There were cookies (from Amaranth Bakery) and lemonade, the weather was beautiful, and a wonderful time was had by all.

We'd like to thank everyone who helped out, participated and attended. We'll see you next year for the 3rd anniversary!

Photos by Elisabeth Albeck.

Gitte Bog's "The Challenge"

May 30, 2012

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Gitte Bog serving her soups at the Winter Carnival

You may remember artist Gitte Bog from her tailgate project at our Winter Carnival all the way back in February. Bog spent a week at Lynden, surveying Milwaukeeans about Milwaukee and food. She then prepared two soups based on the results, Milwaukee Soup and Everybody's Favorite Vegetable Soup which she served at the Carnival.

Bog, who was born in Denmark and is currently based in Mexico City, is now embarking on a new project called The Challenge. She's asked us to pass the information along, and if you're interested in participating, you'll find a link to a survey at the bottom of this post.

Via Gitte Bog:

"The Challenge"

How many times have we rejected recipes because they contain an ingredient we don't like?
Are we missing out on new wonderful culinary experiences or do we just know with certainty that we won't like the dish because it contains that ingredient?

"The Challenge" is a two part online-project. The first part is a small survey about our least favourite food. Participants choose a ingredient they don't like and can tell a bit about why they don't like it if they wish. Our dislike can stem from a personal experience we had in relation to the ingredient or from the sensation the texture or taste give us. Sometimes, it is difficult to put a finger on why we don't like something and that is completely valid too.

The second part of the project is the actual challenge. People can visit a blog (not active yet) to see a list of ingredients that other participants dislike and send in recipes in a bid to change there mind. It can be recipes, where the ingredient is "hidden" or where it (because of the combination with other ingredients) has a different taste than usual.

The blog will be activated on Friday the 1st. of June for the opening of the exhibition "Indulge" at the Water Street Studios, Batavia, Illinois.
The project is on-going but if you like to have your ingredient included for the show it would be great if you could fill out the survey before Friday.
The blog will contain all the information participants share with me. The survey is anonymous but I can add your name to a general participants' list if you wish.

For more info on Gitte Bog, visit her website.

Meet Miguel

May 29, 2012

Working on Heinz Mack's Three Graces (1965)

Meet Miguel Angel Ramirez, our new Conservation Intern. Miguel just completed his junior year as a sculpture major at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and is spending the summer at Lynden working on the conservation of sculptures under the supervision of Sergio Salinas. Miguel says the opportunity to do restoration work at Lynden is a perfect fit for him because he's interested in learning about the sculptures, familiarizing himself with how they were constructed and implementing that knowledge in his own studio practice. We're excited to have him on board at Lynden, and if you see him on the grounds, say hello!

Gos Sa Mer Installation Photos

May 16, 2012

We've had artists make full use of our indoor gallery space before. Kevin Giese ran 80 ash strips from floor to ceiling in Still Living, and Stuart Cropper & Amy Morris hung large tree branches from each wall as part of Inverse. But I'd venture to say that artists Santiago Cucullu and Ester Partegàs, in preparation for their upcoming show Gos Sa Mer, are engaged in the most extensive transformation of the gallery yet. They've been working all week with assistance from Sergio Salinas, Bruce Knackert, and Patrick Kernan to realize their vision for the space. Take a look at the installation photos below for a taste of what's in store, and then join us for the Opening Reception, this Sunday, May 20, 3-5 pm. To read more about the exhibition, click here. Thanks to Craig Kroeger for the photos.




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