The Trout Museum of Art features a modern glass facade tacked onto the side of an old brick building. Judging by the exterior, you’d never expect to see paintings by the likes of Edouard Cortes and Salvador Dali or a carved ebony sculpture from the Makonde tribe.
Once inside, though, it all makes sense. Visitors walk through the glass foyer to enter an airy two-story gallery with a narrow balcony. Classical columns anchor the corners, but the space is spare, white and minimalist. Within this open room, artwork displays to great advantage and can be viewed from many angles. The eclectic collection of works (fewer than 200 pieces, but encompassing everything from Whistler to Grooms) echoes the architectural dichotomy.
The museum started as an art guild 50 years ago, eventually becoming the Appleton Art Center. It moved to its current location in 2006, and Dr. Monroe Trout gifted the facility his collection (now the permanent collection) in 2010, hence the name change. In addition to viewing the gallery, visitors can take classes with themes such as Discover Clay and Fiber Rain. Special events include monthly Jazz at the Trout.