Ozaukee Art Center :: Washington House Inn

Ozaukee Art Center/Brewery Works Fine Arts Complex- Worth a Visit

Tucked away on Riveredge Drive, overlooking Cedar Creek, is Cedarburg’s oldest building that dates all the way back to 1848. True to the city’s German heritage, this building once housed a brewery works – one which boasted production of 2,200 barrels annually, but all this came to a halt in 1920 during Prohibition. The building, constructed of limestone block with dressed quoins, is now home to the Ozaukee Art Center, where renowned artist Paul Yank operates his gallery and studio.

Paul Yank

In the 1950s, Yank worked with the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright at his Taliesin studio in Spring Green. After working on diverse projects such as the 1962 World Fair Pavilion in New York City, enormous outdoor sculptures across the country, and cycloramas at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Yank chose to make his permanent home in our own backyard, just down the street and around the corner from the Washington House Inn. Yank’s repertoire of artistic talents is many, ranging from dramatic sculptures created from welded metal rods inset with stained glass to unique monoprints and collagraphs.

Milwaukee Public Museum

Inside the Ozaukee Art Center you’ll find three presses – one huge lithographic press and two smaller ones – where the artist continues to create new works of art and also shares his many talents with students who wish to learn the ancient art of printmaking. The students come from near and far to hone their talents and broaden their artistic horizons.

The gallery is open to the public most Wednesdays through Sundays, from 1pm-4pm.