Roy Staab

Nature In Three Parts

June 5 - September 18, 2016

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is delighted to announce its first-ever commission for a site-specific installation in the museum's Renaissance Garden. Nature In Three Parts features the work of Milwaukee-based environmental artist Roy Staab. The exhibition encompasses Shadow Dance, the premiere of Staab's newest site-specific installation in the Villa's lower garden; Suspended in Time, a survey of photographs highlighting his previous national and international installations in the museum's galleries; and Beyond Baskets, an exhibition curated by Staab with works on loan from the collection of Jan Serr and John Shannon. Beyond Baskets includes works by Joe Hogan, Ueno Masao, Francina and Neil Prince, Deborah Smith, Polly Adams Sutton, Leslie Wilcox, Hiroi Yasushi, and Jiro Yonezawa.

An artist’s reception will open the exhibition on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. with remarks by Roy Staab at 7 p.m. (general admission applies)


The exhibition and sculpture publicly debut Sunday, June 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as part of the official Renaissance Garden Opening (free admission!)


Staab will be in attendance from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to answer your questions and discuss his environmental site-specific sculpture. The public opening coincides with the official opening of the Villa’s Renaissance garden featuring a plant and gelato sale, bluegrass music from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m., and museum tours. Forthcoming events include a dance performance by Wild Space Dance Company and a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition closing.


Nature In Three Parts is sponsored by Plumb Press, with additional support from The Friends of Villa Terrace and Milwaukee County Parks.


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Image by Jim Brozek


Into The Garden

September 8th, 11th, 13th, 14th | Rain Date - Sept. 18


Follow Wild Space Dace Company Into the Garden at the Villa Terrace this September for one of its signature site-based events. Performers will lead audiences from the Mercury Courtyard to the Renaissance Garden, with Roy Staab's Shadow  Dance as a centerpiece.  Against the dramatic backdrop of Lake Michigan at dusk, intimate dance sketches and tableaus will unfold in and around Shadow  Dance, the Scaletta d'Aqua, the terrace and garden arbors for an unforgettable evening. Look for more information this summer!




Image by Jim Brozek


Roy Staab and Wild Space Dance Company
Closing Soirée

Tuesday, September 20th

5:30 p.m. | Dance Performance Begins at 7:15 p.m.

Our closing soirée honors our summer exhibition with one last chance to experience Roy Staab's installation Shadow Dance, and Wild Space Dance Company's performance, Into the Garden inspired by it! Take in the beauty of the Villa Terrace's Renaissance Garden with a wine tasting, hors d' oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine, cash bar and live music begining at 5:30 p.m. Hear from artist Roy Staab and Wild Space's Deb Lowen before enjoying their final performance.


$50 | $45 Museum Members | $40 Young Friends 39 and Younger (Limited Availablitly)



Artist Studio Bus Tour

Thursday, September 29th | 6:00 pm
- 9:00 pm

Take a look behind the scenes and see where art is made in Milwaukee! The Villa Terrace will take you on a bus tour to the studios of working artists in Milwaukee. One complimentary drink provided. Visit us here for forthcoming details.