Located in a Queen Anne style Victorian mansion in the early 1890s, the museum's constantly rotating permanent collection is a wide-ranging assortment of important artists, genres and movements in art history. The varied range provides an example of mid-nineteenth century impressionism just a few feet away from a post-modernist piece. Providing a glimpse of over one hundred and fifty years of art history within one gallery’s walls is what sets the Rahr-West Art Museum apart from larger and more specialized institutions.
Specific works, notably those of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, William Bouguereau and Salvador Dali, come from a variety of different countries. However, the majority by far is of American origination. We are also take pride in our works created by Wisconsin-based artists.
The breadth and depth of the collection extends into the movements, genres and mediums that epitomize American art history. These include such pivotal artists as: Georgia O’Keefe, Alex Katz, Mark Rothko, Stuart Davis, Andrew Wyeth, and Andy Warhol, among others. These works run the gamut from oil to watercolor to prints.