Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum announces monumental Owen Gromme gift

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WAUSAU, WIS.- The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum announces with gratitude and pride, a magnanimous gift from BMO Harris Bank of forty-three oil paintings by legendary Wisconsin artist Owen J. Gromme (1896-1991). M&I Bank, now part of BMO Financial Group, commissioned this extraordinary collection of paintings in the mid-1960s for its corporate office in downtown Milwaukee. These works, considered among the best created by Gromme, feature birds and other wildlife subjects specific to Wisconsin. “The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is without question the most fitting home for this collection of Owen Gromme paintings,” said Mark Furlong, President and CEO of BMO Harris Bank. “On behalf of BMO Harris Bank and M&I, I am delighted the gift is met with such great enthusiasm, and I’m confident that Museum visitors will enjoy these paintings for generations to come.” Woodson Art Museum