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SHEBOYGAN – During his visit to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Art Preserve, renowned artist Gregory Van Maanen created a site-specific painting dedicated to Ruth DeYoung Kohler II, the former JMKAC Director who passed away in late 2020.

The painting is both a tribute to Kohler's tireless patronage of the arts, and a statement on the healing power of art.

The work was created on a wall at the Art Preserve, alongside a collection of Van Maanen’s work acquired by the Kohler Foundation in 2007. The collection includes thousands of paintings and objects from the artist’s former apartment and work space in Paterson, New Jersey.

A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Van Maanen began creating art as a healing mechanism to combat post-traumatic stress disorder. Van Maanen resides in New York state, where he continues to create art.

Kohler served as JMKAC’s Director from 1972-2016, and transformed JMKAC from a local arts center to an internationally-recognized art museum.

To visit the Art Preserve and view the Van Maanen installation, reserve a free ticket at JMKAC Art Preserve tickets.

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