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Anderson Arts Center logoLocated on the south end of the Kemper Center Campus at 121 66th Street, the Anderson Arts Center is housed in one of the last of Kenosha’s great mansions. The skill and attention to detail of master craftsmen are evident in every area of the former Anderson home. The high ceilings, woodwork detail and windows overlooking the gardens and the lake form a remarkable setting for Kenosha County’s only public center dedicated to the fine arts. The Arts Center is open to the public on Tuesday through Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00.

The former residence of Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson was built between 1929 and 1931.  It is a French Renaissance Revival style, a two story stone and stucco house that was designed by Chicago architects Ralph Milman and Archibald Morphet.  The house itself occupies more than 9,000 square feet and is set on 4.7 acres of landscaped grounds.  Some of the mansion’s more than 30 rooms included a room for arranging fresh flowers, a gun room, a linen room, and a locked storage cabinet for the family silver.  The second floor had five bedrooms, including an 18′ x 24′ master bedroom, four bathrooms, and two servants quarters with their own bathrooms and living rooms.  Janet Lance Anderson deeded her home to Kenosha County to be part of the Kemper Center park grounds in 1977.  Mrs. Anderson lived in the residence until her death in 1989, at the age of 96.  The home officially became part of Kemper Center, Inc. in 1990 and opened as the Anderson Arts Center in April, 1992.

Today, Anderson Arts Center has evolved into a full-service, multifunctional arts center, showcasing the work of a variety of local, regional and national artists. The center offers over 20 different art exhibitions each year.  One aspect of this evolutionary process has been the ever-growing commitment to the artistic nurturing of the area’s youngest artists. Almost since its inception, the entire West Wing of the Anderson Arts Center has been devoted to the display of art work done by students attending area schools. Every summer, children can attend Summer Art Camps sponsored by the Arts Center, and Saturday classes are held during the school year.  A full slate of art classes and activities are held in Kid’s Space, located in the Kady B. Faulkner Building.

The Anderson Arts Center Gift Shop showcases original handmade art work, photography, pottery, cards, jewelry, furniture, scarves and many other unique one of a kind gifts. When visiting, stop by to see the changing inventory and creative displays. Gift certificates are also available for purchase.

When planning for a special occasion: a wedding, a banquet or a corporate reception, the Anderson Arts Center has a variety of unique spaces and tranquil settings, as well as cocktail and dinner options that make your event memorable.  Available on a limited basis, the Main and East Galleries furnish an elegant and arts-oriented environment for intimate dinner groups or cocktail receptions for up to 200 guests. With a capacity of 120 for indoor festivities, and 500+ for tented events on the patio, the Arts Center provides spaces for groups of all sizes. Kitchen facilities are located on the main floor and outdoor electric power is available.  Full professional catering and bar services are available as well at all the Kemper Center venues.

Kids Summer Art Camp

June 21st – 23rd Mini Art Camp

July 12th – 14th Super Mini Art Camp

July 25th – 29th Week One Art Camp

August 1st – 5th Week Two Art Camp

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For more information on Anderson Arts Center, including Exhibits, Juried Shows, Art Classes, Summer Art Camp and Kids’ Space, please visit the Anderson website at andersonartscenter.com or contact Administrator Carolina Curi-Bado at (262) 653-0481 or email her at  carolina@andersonartscenter.com.

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