Renowned Maine artist Bernard Langlais, created over 3,000 indoor and outdoor works of art during his lifetime. Unique, edgy and very creative, he was also well known as a painter in New York City where he lived during the 1950's and '60's. Now, a new 10-minute documentary tells the story of the collaboration of three organizations – Colby College Museum of Art, Kohler Foundation Inc., and Georges River Land Trust – and the effort to restore and preserve his legacy. Visit our Bernard Langlais page to watch!
Check out new photos and project updates on the following Preservation pages:
In 2013, Wisconsin Centennial Murals are once again being displayed at State Fair Park.
Lots of progress is being made on the preservation of the work of Bernard Langlais in Cushing, Maine. Our hardworking conservation staff is uncovering sculptures hidden under the brush for years, and meticulously cleaning the artwork. Approximately 30 recipient organizations have been identified to date, both in and outside of Maine.
The Monroe County Local History Room board of trustees, which oversees the care and maintenance of the beautiful Wegner Grotto in Cataract, WI, has been hard at work on summer maintenance and upkeep at the site, known locally as the Glass Church. Kohler Foundation restored this site and gifted it to Monroe County in 1987. Read more on our Wegner Grotto page.
While KFI staff is in Cushing, Maine working with the art and sculptures of Bernard Langlais, they have sent back a few photos of this remarkable artist's work, as well as behind-the-scenes peeks at the preservation and conservation process. One of the most unique is a wood sculpture inspired by the painting Christina's World, by Andrew Wyeth, who lived and painted in the same region of Maine. More photos are shared on Kohler Foundation's Facebook Page.
Each year, Kohler Foundation awards more than 20 scholarships to Sheboygan County graduating seniors, valued at more than $450,000 in total. Below is the list of our 2013 recipients: all bright, motivated young people who have accomplished resumes and lofty goals for their futures. We are proud to support their academic pursuits, artistic excellence, and leadership development.