Oshkosh was a community that embraced and encouraged artists and inventors of all kinds, from innovative engineers to nationally recognized artists like Helen Farnsworth Mears.
As a tribute to mark one hundred years since the unfortunate passing of this talented Oshkosh artist, considered one of the nation’s most promising artists and hailed as a hometown genius, the Museum devotes a gallery to not only the artistry of Mears, but also to other geniuses of her generation whose inspiration helped transform Sawdust City. The exhibition promises to reveal why Mears, after one hundred years, still retains such esteem.
Artifacts and images from the Museum’s collections, and on loan from museums and collectors, will introduce visitors to Mears and other geniuses who found Oshkosh the perfect location to foster their creativity. To give visitors better insight into the meaning behind Mears’ sculptures, letters and drawings concerning their creation will also accompany the artwork.