About the Trout Collection
The Trout Collection is an eclectic mix of over 150 museum-quality works of art, including American, European, Asian and African paintings, sculptures and other decorative objects, representing over 400 years of art history. Each work of art in the collection is an eyewitness to a time and place — near, far, past, or present.
The collection was assembled during the past 40 years by Dr. Monroe E. and Sandra Trout, who then gifted it to the Appleton Art Center in 2010 along with a $1 million endowment to preserve, protect and promote the collection. Their generosity allows us to have a permanent collection of visual art right here in Northeast Wisconsin.
About the Trouts
Dr. Monroe E. Trout has been a force in the health care industry for over 40 years, serving on the boards and executive teams of various firms in that industry, including SAIC, Ineedmd, the University of California San Diego Foundation, Baxter International, Sterling Drug, Cytran, American Healthcare Systems and Cytyc Corp. In 1960, he married Sandra Lemke. During their 50 years of marriage, they collected art as they traveled the world. In 1995, Monroe Trout was accepted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. View his Horatio Alger biography. Dr. Trout attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He later earned his law degree from Dickinson Law School. An Appleton native, Sandra Trout attended Appleton High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.