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  • Anderson Arts Center gift shop
  • Anderson Arts Center
  • Anderson Arts Center
  • Anderson Arts Center gift shop
  • Anderson Arts Center gift shop
  • Anderson Arts Center
  • Anderson Arts Center
  • Anderson Arts Center
  • Decorating for Gallery of Trees in 2014
  • Gallery of Trees in 2014

Anderson Arts Center

(262) 653-0481

Hours:

Open Tues.-Sun. 1-4 p.m. during exhibits. Call for schedule of exhibits.

Pricing:

Free admission; donations gratefully accepted.

Historic French Tudor mansion featuring six major local and regional art exhibits annually (for a total of more than 20 exhibitions), kids summer art camp, ballroom dance classes, music classes, children's art classes, holiday special events, and more. The gift shop offers unique and handcrafted jewelry, furniture, ceramics, artwork, purses, cards, photography, scarves, sculptures, baskets, quilts, mosaics and much more! Twilight Jazz Free Outdoor Concerts take place on the lawn, on select Tuesday evenings from June through August.

The building and grounds are available to rent.

The Anderson Arts Center, a part of  Kemper Center, is dedicated to the support and promotion of all arts: fine art, music, dance, literature and drama. The Center, which opened in 1992, seeks to increase awareness of the arts and contribute to arts education in the community by sponsoring performances, exhibitions, workshops, lectures and special events.

The 9,000 square foot mansion began life as a private residence. The majestic ceilings and large, open expanses of wall space, which were distinctive features of the mansion, now lend themselves perfectly to the display of art work. In its history, the Anderson Arts Center has evolved into a full-service, multifunctional arts center, showcasing the work of a variety of local, regional and national artists.

Who were the Andersons? James Anderson was an American Brass executive. His wife was Janet Lance Anderson, the daughter of Andrew H. Lance, a Simmons Company executive, and Emma Bell Simmons Lance. Z. G. Simmons, founder of the Simmons Mattress Company, was Mrs. Anderson's grandfather. Her brother, Gilbert S. Lance held an executive position at the Cooper Company/Jockey International. Gilbert S. Lance Middle School in Kenosha was named in his honor.

Construction began on the mansion in 1929. It was completed in 1931. The mansion has more than 30 rooms. It is a French Renaissance Revival style, two-story, stone and stucco house that was designed by Chicago architects Ralph Milman and Archibald Morphet.

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Anderson Arts Center Art Exhibition: “In Living Color”

January 25, 2015 – March 22, 2015

Main, East & Upper Galleries: “In Living Color” by Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists, and “Masks: Disguise • Expose • Celebrate” by Women’s Journeys in Fiber (WJIF show ends March 10).

Kenosha Folk Music Hootenanny

February 6, 2015, March 13, 2015

The monthly folk music gatherings are open to the public with all abilities welcome. Note: the February event will be held next door at Kemper Center's Ambrose Hall, 6501 Third Avenue.

Anderson Arts Center Art Exhibition: Racine Art Guild

April 12, 2015 – May 31, 2015

Main & East Galleries: Racine Art Guild. Also featuring:

Anderson Arts Center Art Exhibition: Works by the Coalition of Photographic Arts

June 21, 2015 – August 2, 2015

Main, East & Upper Galleries: Works by the Coalition of Photographic Arts. Also featuring:

Twilight Jazz Free Concert Series

2015 dates: June 30, July 7, July 21, July 28, and August 25

Twilight Jazz is a free outdoor concert series sponsored by area businesses and located on the south end of Anderson Arts Center, beside Lake Michigan.

Anderson Arts Center Art Exhibition: Wauwatosa Artists Workshop

August 23, 2015 – October 18, 2015

Main, East & Upper Galleries: Wauwatosa Artists Workshop. Also featuring:

Anderson Arts Center Art Exhibition: Annual Winter Juried Show

November 8, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Main, East & Upper Galleries: Annual Winter Juried Show. Also featuring:

Christmas at Kemper and Gallery of Trees Opening Night Gala

November 28, 2015

This is an exhibition, auction and raffle of designer-decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations.

Christmas at Kemper and Gallery of Trees

November 29, 2015 - December 6, 2015

A beautiful holiday tradition at two historic mansions on the Kemper Center grounds!