About the Trout Museum of Art
TMA is located in Downtown Appleton, WI. We are a museum, education center, and community leader of the visual arts. We work with countless individuals across Outagamie, Winnebago, and Calumet counties – and beyond – in our year-round programming for youth, teens, and adults. We also host exciting events throughout the year including Art at the Park, exhibition receptions, TMA Talks, and more.
In addition to the Trout Museum of Art, which is operated by the Fox Cities Building for the Arts, five other local art organizations currently hold offices in our building: newVoices, the Makaroff Youth Ballet, the Appleton Boychoir, Wisconsin Public Television, and Wisconsin Public Radio.
History of the Trout Museum of Art
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 very 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. Their generosity fulfilled our longtime hope to have a permanent collection of visual art right here in Northeast Wisconsin. It was at this time our name was changed to the Trout Museum of Art.