Grandview Needs You!

The early and wet Wisconsin spring has caused the weeds to get ahead of our plantings around each tableau at Grandview. We are looking for individuals to volunteer to help weed and care for the flowers that Katherine Engelbert felt were integral to her husband Nick's sculptures.


Call Sue to devote an hour or two!

Nick Engelbert's

Grandview

Historical Folk Art Museum & Summer Art Academy

History

In 1937, after his children were grown, Nick Engelbert began to build an elaborate arched porch of concrete around the front entrance of his farmhouse, ultimately covering every inch of the outside surface of the house with concrete inlaid with shards of china, glass, beads, buttons, and sea shells. Over the next 15 years, Nick created more than 40 concrete sculptures in his yard, combining patriotic themes with imagery from history, fairy tales, mythology and his own imagination. At the age of 70, no longer able to make sculptures, he turned to painting, producing over 200 oils before his death in 1962.


The Grandview site is now owned and operated by the Pecatonica Educational Charitable (PEC) Foundation, Inc. Many of the statues have been restored or recreated. The house, now a museum, contains many Engelbert artifacts, family memorabilia, and copies of Nick's paintings. 

Featured In

Recognition


 Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Award - State Superintendent Libby Burmaster


Governor’s Award in Support of the Arts - Governor Scott McCallum, Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts


Wisconsin’s Top Rural Development Initiatives  - Governor Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin Rural Partners


Community Development Organization of the Year  - Wisconsin Community Development Society


Success Story - WISC-TV, Madison




Bibliography


Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds


Sacred Spaces and Other Places


Eccentric America


Weird Wisconsin


Midwest Marvels


Backyard Visionaries


Wisconsin Curiosities


Miracles of the Spirit


Wandering Wisconsin

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