Green Bay Art Colony
Founded in 1915, the Green Bay Art Colony is the oldest art organization
in Green Bay. Nine women started an art appreciation club that met in
their homes, but they soon realized that they also wanted a place to
exhibit. The idea of establishing a museum was germinated, and they
invited six men to assist them. The first exhibit was in 1915. The dream
was realized with the opening of the Neville Museum on July 23, 1927. A
bronze plaque hangs at the Neville Public Museum in commemoration of
this visionary group of women.
The first exhibit of paintings at the Neville Museum was in 1927. The Art
Colony has continued to exhibit regularly at the Neville Public Museum.
The Green Bay Art Colony is known not only for its numerous exhibits, but
is also recognized for its contribution to the arts in the community. The
group has brought many well-known artists to the area for lectures and
demonstrations. The museum, library and local hospitals have been the
beneficiaries of financial gifts and artwork. Young artists have been the
recipients of scholarships. The community is richer for a long
commitment to the visual arts.
|The Founders of the Green Bay Art Colony*
Miss Sophie Beaumont
Mrs. Jessie Hurlbut Buchanan
Mrs. E. H. Ellis
Mrs. Louise Ellsworth
Elsie B. Hall
Mrs. Jane Y. Joannes
Marion Gaylord Luckenbach
Miss Deborah Martin
Mrs. George H. Rice
*Formerly known as the Green Bay Art Club
"When you do what you are here to do, you help others do what
they are here to do."