About Us


The Trout Museum of Art inspires and connects all people through creative experiences and the visual arts.

Jamie Chavez, Reclaiming Identity Exhibition, 2022-23

Who We Are

The activities that allow TMA to fulfill its mission include exhibitions, educational programming, and events like Art at the Park. TMA hosts 12-18 exhibitions a year, displaying 800-1000 works of art, by 200-400 artists. We also offer hundreds of classes and camps throughout the year and free educational programming to those who need us most. Everything we do and the choices we make are guided by our values.

In addition to the Trout Museum of Art, five other organizations hold offices in our building: newVoices, the Makaroff Youth Ballet, the Appleton Boychoir, Wisconsin Public Television, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Read our Annual Impact Report: 2019, 2020, 2021

We strive for diversity across the globe


Energizing the LOVE of ART


INCLUSIVE – We embrace differences and find strength in our creativity and connectedness. We make the greatest impact when a full range of voices are represented.

CREATIVE – We passionately believe that art opens minds and changes people’s lives each and every day.

AUTHENTIC – We form faithful relationships with our community and believe that art is at the center of what it means to be alive and empathic person.

Meet our amazing team!

Christina Turner

Executive Director

Ann Weuve


Ashley Acker

Marketing Manager

Beth Scueffner

Gallery Coordinator

Julie Gardner

Development & Art at the Park Coordinator

Meg O’Brien

Finance Director

Valerie Medina

Education Manager

Brianna Clough
Hannah Fenn
Jin Han
Cora Nowakowski
Megan Pepin
Shelby Stoddard
Sam Thompson

Gallery Staff

Shawn Thiel

Operations Manager

Located in

Downtown Appleton

Built in 1922 as Brettschneider’s Furniture Company, our building was donated to the Appleton Gallery of Art (now TMA) in 2002.

The layout of the galleries, railings, columns, and staircase are original to the building. The front vestibule expansion was donated by the Boldt Company in 2010 and the iconic light display on the outside of our building is called Embargoed was created by Sandy Garnett in 2013. The, also iconic, origami crane on the building was created by artist Timm Van Hout in 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the 1960s, the Appleton Artists Guild set out to provide educational opportunities for local artists, create a suitable viewing gallery, and amass a permanent collection. Sharing and critiquing artwork and technique were the first activities pursued by the guild. We established our first gallery on Morrison Street in 1972 as the Appleton Gallery of Art, and moved to our current location on College Avenue as the Appleton Art Center in 2002.

In 2010, Dr. Monroe E. and Sandra Trout gifted their art collection to the Appleton Art Center, along with a $1 million endowment to preserve, protect, and promote the collection. It was at this time our name was changed to the Trout Museum of Art.

TMA does not provide authentications or appraisals to third parties concerning works of art. Please visit this site for a list of art appraisers in Wisconsin.

TMA is not adding to its permanent collection at this time.
The best way to get your name in front of TMA is to apply for our annual TMA Contemporary exhibition. This is our primary way of learning about new artists! Applications open every December.

If you are an artist with a full exhibition proposal, you may email info@troutmuseum.org. Please include details and quality images for full consideration. Due to the volume of correspondence we receive, we may not be able to respond directly to each and every submission, but will reach out if interested.

Our galleries feature a rotation of work from local, national, and international artists. Exhibits may be traveling or curated by TMA. Check out our upcoming exhibitions: troutmuseum.org/view.