Current Exhibitions

A Fine Timber: Wood and Transformation in Our Time

November 14, 2015-January 3, 2016

Organized by the Appleton Museum of Art, this exhibition focuses on three artists currently creating exquisite expressions in wood or about wood. Chuck Sharbaugh is a master artisan who creates beautifully-crafted cabinets with marquetry inlay in the Arts and Crafts style, a tradition that stretches back to the Renaissance. Eric Serritella is an award-winning ceramicist who turns clay into trompe l’oeil objects that appear to be crafted out of birch bark, while Bahk Seon Ghi from Korea makes ethereal installations resembling shapes and architecture out of black charcoal strung with invisible wire. Together these three artists represent humanity’s longstanding relationship with wood whether through finely-crafted furniture, objects that recall our forests or installations that remind us of the fragility of nature and our responsibility to care for the planet.

A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Collection

November 14, 2015-January 3, 2016

‘Tis (almost) the season and the Appleton joins the Urban Family in celebrating with A Dickens Christmas. Along with the popular Dickens Village, see several of the Urban’s beloved, themed trees throughout the museum. And new this year, we have invited community members and businesses to decorate a tree to be displayed along with The Urban Family Holiday Collection.

Holiday Family Day

Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays during our Family Day event on Saturday, December 5. Everyone is invited free of charge to see A Dickens Christmas, special exhibitions and the permanent collection, as well as participate in carriage rides and art-making activities in the ARTSpace. Light refreshments will be served.

Backstage Pass: Baron wolman and the early years of rolling stone

November 7, 2015-January 10, 2016

Contextualized in 35 framed photographs, contact sheets and original magazine covers, Backstage Pass presents an intimate view of a crucial period of cultural transformation in American history.

Immortalized by writers, filmmakers and musicians from Stephen King to Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine has embodied generations of popular culture. For artists, the cover is a coveted career achievement and for many readers represents the fantasy of the rock-and-roll lifestyle. In the 1960s and ‘70s, Rolling Stone provided a national voice to the counter-culture movement and before the days of personal branding, gave readers unprecedented access to musicians.

November 19, 5-8 p.m.

Join us for a live performace by Saratoga, playing classic rock hits by musicians represented in Backstage Pass. View the exhibition and have your photo taken with a rock star in our photo booth from 5-6 p.m. Music begins at 6 p.m.
$5/members; $10/nonmembers, No RSVP Required.

Pay your admission in advance here.

A program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Art of the Ancient World


The Appleton presents a selection from our permanent collection of antiquities. The antiquities collection includes more than 900 pieces, collected by Arthur Appleton and gifted by several other generous donors. Art of the Ancient World includes fine examples of Egyptian, Greek and Roman works along with others from neighboring ancient civilizations.