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Unis: The Origin of the Unicorn Closing Reception Sunday, September 28 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.

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By - Sep 10th, 2014 12:04 pm

Milwaukee, WI – The Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave, is pleased to announce Unis: The Origin of the Unicorn closing reception Sunday, September 28, 2014. Timothy Westbrook will speak about the production and imagination behind the origin of this exhibit followed by Q&A. Remarks will begin at 7:30 p.m. and also feature members of the exhibition team, that are central to the fictional narrative of the exhibition. Learn more about their research into the origins of the Unicorn throughout the night as you mingle with them and artists featured in “ARK”, the contemporary art show inspired by the Unicorn. This is the final day of the exhibition, your last chance to experience Timothy Westbrook’s imaginative and personal journey as told through his multimedia experience throughout the Charles Allis Mansion. $10 / $5 Museum Members. New members who join the night of the closing reception get in free. Cash Bar.

About Unis: Orgin of the Unicorn
Timothy Westbrook Studio creates a fictional narrative of an expedition funded by Charles Allis to discover the origin of the unicorn. Using natural history, costume, sculpture, personal ephemera and an expedition team, Westbrook along with nationally recognized artists create original work that takes us on a mythical journey throughout the Charles Allis Art Museum, with treasures around every corner.

About the Artist, Timothy Westbrook
Timothy Westbrook, a New York native, is a Milwaukee Designer who has made quite a name for himself. Known for his spot on Project Runway and his Artist Residency at the Pfister Hotel, Westbrook has been working on many interesting and diverse projects. His love of this mythical creature, the unicorn, makes Unis: The Origin of the Unicorn an incredibly special exhibition. Timothy Westbrook Studio resides in the heart of downtown Milwaukee located in The Shops of Grand Avenue. His designs tend to focus around environmental care and fantasy using recyclable materials that have low impact on the world around us.

Westbrook was a contestant on Project Runway (2013), had an Artist Residency with the Pfister Hotel (2012-2013), and spoke for GreenBiz Forum in New York (2013). He studied Fiber Arts and Material Studies at Syracuse University before moving to Milwaukee. Westbrook lived in New York until deciding to settle in Milwaukee because of the collaborative art community.

Exhibiting Artists
Aaron Allan, Nicolaus Arnould, Kelly Cave, Sarah Crotty, Carl Geenen, Caitlin Foley, Michael Kautzer, Kyle J. Krueger, Sue Lawton, Brandon Minga, Daina Mattis, Devvon Simpson, Danny Mansmith, Misha Rabinovich, Kristin Rehder, Matt Smiroldo, Anja Sieger, Sarah Zamecnik, Bobby Ziemba

Closing Reception Actors
Julianne Hunter, Gracie Lee, Brandon Minga, Charles Tritt
About the Charles Allis Mansion On the National Register of Historic Places, the lavish 1911 Tudor-style mansion was originally the home of Charles Allis, first president of Allis-Chalmers Corporation and his wife Sarah. The Charles Allis Mansion was designed by prominent Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler. Construction on the home began in 1909 and was completed in 1911. Special attention was paid to the exterior walls that are constructed of thick concrete to keep the Allis’ substantial art collection safe from the ever-present threat of fire. It was one of the first private residences in Milwaukee to have electricity. Interior materials included fine Italian marble, used for the hand-carved fireplaces found in almost every room as well as the grand staircase and the Marble Hall, Lincrusta Walton, an embossed wallpaper, and Cirassian walnut paneling found in the French Parlor and Library. The Charles Allis Art Museum is a treasure, preserved intact in its original form with some items in the collection being the only known examples of their kind in existence.

General Information Museum Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1-5 p.m. General Admission: $7/adult, $5/student & senior (62+), Free for museum members, children 12 & under, and active military. Group tours available. More information at (414) 278-8295 or www.charlesallis.org

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