Background Information

    Lake Geneva Art Museum was founded in 2009 by Elizabeth Chappell. She has been a community member for over thirty years and has long been very involved with the arts in Lake Geneva. She started by becoming a member of the Geneva Lake Art Association in 2006 providing art classes to all ages. She soon was named to a chair position on the board, heading the Art School of GLAA.  Elizabeth took her unique art classes to students of Central-Denison, Summer Enrichment Program at the Middle School and evening classes at Badger High School through their Continuing Education Program. 

    In January of 2009, Elizabeth approached the City of Lake Geneva with a project to curate, and document properly, a collection of art that hangs in City Hall. The art was donated by area artists over the last 30 years. Elizabeth was able to work with the Mayor and an ad hoc committee to create a proposal that eventually was approved by the common council on October 12, 2009. It stated that the collection be formally recognized by the City and be named after J. Douglas Elliott who was responsible for soliciting the donations, and that there be created a new volunteer position of Curator of Public Art Work for the City of Lake Geneva. The Mayor then appointed Elizabeth Chappell as the first person to that position. 

    While Elizabeth was working on the City's art collection project, she noticed that the wall space to hang additional art work at City Hall was quickly being used up. Recognizing a need, in June 2009 Elizabeth founded Lake Geneva Art Museum to address the concern for an institution in Lake Geneva that would be a proper place to house and curate art work of all mediums.

    Since that time, Lake Geneva Art Museum has received non-profit 501(c)3 status. The small board room at 513 Broad St was turned into a mini gallery space to showcase the permanent collection of art work and host small group art classes. The art classes represent small fundraising opportunities for the Art Museum. The two larger fundraisers each year are Women's Weekend in late April and The Walk to End Alzheimer's in September.  Lake Geneva Art Museum coined the phrase "Bringing art out of the box and into the community." and in doing so, works closely with area businesses and other organizations to allow larger shows and featured artists work to be displayed in various venues around the Geneva Lake area.