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In 2003, when the Greater Milwaukee Foundation decided to use a portion of a bequest from artist Mary L. Nohl to underwrite a fellowship program for individual artists, it made a major investment in local artists who historically lacked access to financial support.
A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mary Nohl died in December 2001 at the age of eighty-seven. Although she rarely exhibited her work, Nohl gained national recognition for the art environment that she created in and around her home in Fox Point, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Nohl’s bequest keeps her passion for the visual arts alive in our community.
Over the course of fifteen cycles, ninety-six fellowships have been awarded. Most recipients have remained in the greater Milwaukee area. To commemorate this significant milestone, the Haggerty is exhibiting a selection of work by former Nohl Fellows. This installation is a testament to the lasting impact of this vital program, which has kept artists working—and sharing their work with a wider public— for the last fifteen years. This is an impressive legacy for Mary L. Nohl, for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and for our community.
This exhibition is presented at the Haggerty Museum of Art in part through generous support from The Lacey Sadoff Foundation.