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  • Decorating for Gallery of Trees in 2014
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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: Southeast Chapter of Wisconsin Visual Artists

August 28, 2016 – October 15, 2016

Admission is free to this art gallery located inside an historic French Tudor mansion on the Lake Michigan shore. This exhibition features:

Oktoberfest at Kemper Center

October 1, 2016

Enjoy German Food & Beer, Music & Dancing, Full Cash Bar. Food by MGV Harmonia German Male Chorus. Music by Dorf Kapelle and The Hungry Five (from Germany?).

Anderson Arts Center Art Exhibition: Annual Winter Juried Exhibition

November 13, 2016 – January 7, 2017

Admission is free to this art gallery located inside an historic French Tudor mansion on the Lake Michigan shore. This exhibition features:

Christmas at Kemper: Gallery of Trees Opening Night Gala

November 26, 2016

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

Christmas at Kemper: Gallery of Trees

November 27, 2016 - December 4, 2016

Stroll through an amazing display of beautifully, creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and mantle pieces throughout the entire mansion.