Historic Milwaukee Presents Remarkable MIlwaukee
After completing his education and apprenticeship, Bernard O. Gruenke set his sights on working for the renowned Conrad Schmitt Studios. He was so determined to make his dream a reality that he sat in front of the studio’s front door day after day until Conrad Schmitt finally decided to take him on in 1935. This decision led Conrad Schmitt Studios to eventually be bought by Gruenke in 1953. Today, the studio is run by the third generation of the Gruenke Family and continues to be a national leader in conservation and restoration.
In 1991, Bernard O. Gruenke established the Gruenke Foundation of the Arts. The organization provides scholarship opportunities for aspiring artists, educational tours and lectures for people of all ages, and cares for over 70 pieces of art that range from Persian rugs, hand-carved ivory, and stained glass panels. The Foundation is currently working to preserve and showcase an impressive pair of 16′ x 8′ glass mosaics that depict Columbus and the discovery of America.
There will be an exhibit of many of the never before seen pieces in the Conrad Schmitt Art Collection on display at the new Hilton Garden Inn as part of Remarkable Milwaukee on February 25th from 5-6:30pm with tours provided by Conrad Schmitt president Gunar Gruenke and Preservation Specialist, Eileen Grogan. Reception with silent auction and a dinner celebration will follow at The Grain Exchange Room beginning at 6pm.