Chilton, Stockbridge add historic murals

Posted on Sep 1, 2019 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
Jessica Thiel
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Courtesy Calumet County Historical Society

A pair of murals — one completed in Chilton and one underway in Stockbridge — depict and celebrate the communities’ heritage and history.

Artist and Chilton native James Barany completed the work of art in his hometown this past summer. It’s on display at 40 W. Main Street. He began work on the Stockbridge mural, at 101 South Military Road, in July and will finish work this fall.

Commissioned through the Calumet County Mural Initiative, the project received support from the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region, the Bright Idea Fund, the Chilton Community Foundation, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Calumet County Historical Society.

Barany, who’s also a professor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, says he wanted to combine art and history, including Calumet County’s strong Native American heritage, and strove to incorporate accuracy and authenticity in the works. Each features photos and events important to the cities’ histories.

“This is as much about our history and our community as it is about public art,” he says. “It’s like fulfilling a life’s dream to be able to come back and do this.”

In addition to completing the murals, Barany and his staff will help with projects in the Chilton and Stockbridge schools. They’re aimed at teaching students how to design and create murals of their own.

To learn more about the project, visit calumetcountyhistoricalsociety.org/mural.

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