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Milwaukee

Charles Allis Art Museum

The Charles Allis Art Museum is a museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is part of the National Register of Historic Places, as the Charles Allis House.

Allis Mansion history:
The Charles Allis Art Museum was originally the home of Milwaukee native Charles Allis and his wife, Sarah. Charles, the son of E.P. Allis, was the first president of the Allis-Chalmers Corporation. Charles and Sarah Ball were married in 1877. Both were very active in the Milwaukee community. He was one of the organizers of the Milwaukee Arts Society, a trustee at the Layton Art Gallery and was on the boards of many other arts and business institutions.

In 1979, the Allis Mansion was turned over to Milwaukee County, and was designated an Art Museum from that time forward. Treasures can be found throughout the Charles Allis Art Museum. It contains a collection of paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and more.

It is largely intact with original furnishings and a rich and diverse art collection spanning nearly 2,000 years beginning with ancient glass objects blown in 1 B.C. and ending with the painters of Charles Allis' day.To complement this collection, the Allis holds several changing exhibitions each year, which feature works by Wisconsin artists.

Local arts:
The Charles Allis Art Museum is a vibrant, urban center for Wisconsin artists and continually strengthens and supports the Milwaukee community by elevating the visibility and prestige of local talent through its sponsorship of changing exhibitions featuring Wisconsin artists. The Allis emphasizes fine art, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

In addition to the visual arts the Allis displays, it holds a free seasonal music series, Allis After Hours. The third Thursday of the month throughout the spring, summer and fall, the Allis holds a jazz concert in the English Garden or Margaret Rahill Great Hall. The musicians featured are Milwaukee artists, in accordance with the Allis's mission to showcase Wisconsin talent.The Charles Allis Art Museum, along with the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, is part of the Milwaukee County War Memorial Corporation.