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Midwest Museum of American Art

The Midwest Museum of American Art is located in downtown Elgin, Illinois. It was founded in 1984 by local artists and art enthusiasts, and today it houses one of the largest collections of American art in the Midwest. The museum features rotating exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary art, sculpture gardens, educational programs for all ages, and special events.

One of the highlights of a visit to the Midwest Museum of American Art is its collection of works by Grant Wood. Wood was a painter from Iowa who is best known for his painting "American Gothic," which is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. The museum also has many works by other Midwestern artists, including Marvin Cone, John Steuart Curry, and John Wilde.

The museum is housed in a historic building on Elgin's Main Street. Built in 1912 as the Elgin National Watch Company headquarters, the building was donated to the museum by Richard A. Ennis, Jr., an heir of one of the company's founders. Today, it features over of gallery space for rotating exhibitions and art studios, classrooms, and offices for curatorial staff members.

Visitors to the museum will also enjoy the surrounding garden area, home to sculptures by artists such as Willard L. Metcalf and Neil Eastern. The garden offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of downtown Elgin and inspires creativity with an outdoor gallery for visitors to showcase their artwork.



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