Company Overview

Our MISSION is to generate a creative exchange between artists and the public.

About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC), located north of Milwaukee in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is known for promoting the understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through exhibitions and commissioned works of art.

Founded in 1967, JMKAC has preserved, studied, and exhibited artist-built environments, earning a worldwide reputation. Art environments involve an individual significantly transforming their surroundings into an exceptional, multifaceted work of art.

The Arts Center’s downtown Sheboygan facility includes eight galleries, two performance spaces, a café, a museum shop, and a drop-in art-making studio. Among its program offerings are community arts projects; artist residencies; presentations of dance, film, and music; a free weekly summer concert series; classes and workshops; an onsite arts-based preschool; and approximately twelve original exhibitions of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists annually. JMKAC also administers the renowned Arts/Industry residency program, which is hosted by Kohler Co.

About the Art Preserve

In 2021, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center opened the Art Preserve, the world’s first museum to focus entirely on work from art environments. Located three miles from JMKAC, the 56,000-sq.-ft., three-level building holds more than 25,000 works in the Arts Center’s world-renowned collection, which includes complete and partial environments by more than thirty vernacular, self-taught, and academically trained artists.

Visitors experience unprecedented access and insight into the display, preservation, conservation, and interpretation of the Arts Center’s premier collection through tableaux as well as a unique system of curated, visible storage of the works of art.


Work for a Purpose

For more than fifty years, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center has promoted the understanding and appreciation for the work of self-taught and contemporary artists. Our organization located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is home to the first and only museum dedicated to artist-built environments. We are proud of the international reputation we have earned, and we’re proud of the team that makes it happen.

Our employees are the reason the John Michael Kohler Arts Center prospers. It takes more than one hundred people to create original exhibitions, present performances, care for our collection, guide tours, instruct classes, engage in marketing, protect visitors, welcome guests, maintain our two campuses, and operate our CAFE and SHOP.

We hire people who want a career—not just a position. We’re looking for employees to become part of a purpose-driven team that celebrates the arts and enhances the community. Just as we support emerging artists, we strive to nurture new talent. We encourage creative thinkers.

We value diversity and foster inclusivity. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is devoted to building a workplace where people of all social identities and abilities feel not only welcome, but included. We want our employees to contribute their unique perspectives, skills, and experiences in advancing the Arts Center’s mission as well as their own professional growth and mobility. Employees also find our competitive benefits and life-balance approach valuable.

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Company Summary
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Number of Employees
(920) 458-6144
608 New York Avenue
Sheboygan, WI