Expanding for our Community

A leader in visual art for 64 years, the Trout Museum of Art (TMA) is in a transformative era as we explore a new building project with a vision to build a state-of-the-art facility and community space that expands access to art and art education in the Fox Cities. The museum’s Board of Directors began searching for a new site in 2022 and has found a strong partnership with Lawrence University – another foundational institution in Appleton. The new site is slated for completion in Fall 2025.

TMA is thrilled to unveil the exterior and interior renderings. Designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners, Los Angeles, CA, in partnership with Boldt, the exterior architecture of blends innovation and tradition, taking inspiration from Lawrence University and Downtown Appleton.

Charitable contributions to this capital campaign project.

Dr. Monroe and Sandra Trout contributed an initial five million dollars, held in a restricted fund exclusively for the support of the new TMA at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

The building project also will rely upon our generous philanthropic community to provide charitable donations to make this dream a reality for our community. Contact Christina Turner, Executive Director, at cturner@troutmuseum.org if interested in supporting the move to our new home. Operating independently, funding for the TMA and Lawrence sections of the facility will remain separate.
Photo by Danny Damiani, Lawrence University

Thank you to the following donors for your support of our vision:

$5,000,000 +
Dr. Monroe and Sandra Trout

$1,000,000 +
Bergstrom Automotive Corporation

Community First Credit Union

$750,000 +

Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wisconsin Energies

$250,000 +

Alex and Holly Kowalski
Bank of Kaukauna
The Boldt Family
Frank C. Shattuck Community Fund
Jewelers Mutual
David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund
Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Mary Beth Nienhaus
Menasha Corporation Foundation

Miller Electric

$200,000 +
Plexus Corporation
John and Julie Schmidt Family Foundation
Donald and Janet Turner Family

$150,000 +
Lance and Bridget Crane
Brian and Kat Gottlieb

$100,000 +

Katherine and John Davis Family
Ryan and Marissa Downs
SECURA Insurance Company
Siefert Family Fund
Tod Galloway in Memory of Mary T. Stumpf

$50,000 +
Associated Bank
Corcoran Glass and Paint
Dan and Elizabeth Flaherty
Chuck and Barb Merry
Doug and Carla Salmon Foundation
Dr. Mike and Stephanie Vrabec

$25,000 +
Brieland Family
Tom and Karen Medema
William Shepard and Shannon Kennedy
Dan Van Daalwyk and Jose Morales
Roger and Lynn Van Vreede

$15,000 +

Ron and Ruthellyn Musil
Donald P. Taylor

$10,000 +

Curt and Melissa Detjen Family Fund

Catherine Larsen
Reinhardt and Lois Sabee and the Donovan Families Fund

John and Becky Stellmacher

$5,000 +

Robert and Laura Abernathy
Mary Beth and Jud Fowler
Dave and Kim Ritzow
Chad and Renee Ulman
Mike and Julie Waite

$1,000 +
Joseph Amann
Trina and Keith Doxtator
Melissa Kolstad

Commemorative recognition aligned with giving levels will be prominent in the new museum upon completion of the project.

Joining two foundational institutions.

A partnership announced in August 2023 between TMA and Lawrence, the building will feature more than 100,000 square feet of space over four floors, with the state-of-the-art 30,000 sq ft Trout Museum of Art on the ground floor and innovative academic spaces for Lawrence on the second to fourth floors. Located at the southwest intersection of College Avenue and Drew Street, on the western edge of the Lawrence campus, it has an estimated cost of $38 million and will be built by Boldt Construction. The building will be jointly owned by the Trout Museum of Art and Lawrence, with TMA owning the museum and Lawrence owning the upper three floors, operating separately but with great opportunity for collaboration.

The new property adjoins a vacant lot and office buildings owned by the university with an area owned by the museum purchased by an anonymous donor.

A Groundbreaking Event

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on March 7, 2024 for the new building, marking a pivotal moment in a partnership that will provide a new home for the Trout Museum of Art, provide innovative new academic spaces for Lawrence University, and foster exciting opportunities for collaboration.

Leaders from Lawrence, TMA, and the City of Appleton addressed more than 200 people gathered on the site where the four-story building will rise over the next 18 months. Before putting shovels in the dirt, they spoke to the ways this project will bolster the futures of the university, the nonprofit art museum, downtown Appleton, and the greater Fox Valley region.

Growing for our future.

In recent years, Trout Museum of Art programming has outgrown our current 100-year-old home, with the building also requiring significant investment to the facility. It was our goal to stay within the Downtown Appleton community.

This new premier space for the museum has a planned 10,000 sq ft exhibition space. Large, open galleries enable flexibility in programming for short and long-term exhibitions that can flow out into the welcome center and hallways, utilizing every surface as a potential location for artwork and community engagement. Merging sustainable and programming considerations, large open windows are thoughtfully worked into the welcome center, café, store, and classrooms to bring about a deeper connection with the larger Fox Cities community.

TMA and Lawrence University partnership

The 100,000+ square-foot facility will be jointly owned by the Trout Museum of Art and Lawrence University, with TMA owning the 30,000-square-foot ground floor and Lawrence owning the upper floors. The institutions will operate separately with great excitement for future collaborations.

TMA’s current location

The Trout Museum of Art will operate at its current location at 111 W College Ave until late spring 2025 when we prepare for our move and opening of the new space, slated for Sept 2025. The current building will be sold, and the proceeds used to help fund the cost of the new location.

As we progress toward construction, the museum remains dedicated to engaging the community through our current exhibitions, events, educational programming, and collaborations with local artists. The support and enthusiasm from the community are integral to the success of this landmark project.

How can the community get involved and stay informed?

Stay informed. Sign up for email updates about TMA and building news.

Support the project. Make a gift and be part of this creative campaign. Contact Christina Turner, Executive Director, at cturner@troutmuseumart.org.

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Trout Museum of Art
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