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20x16 oil on board
2016
16x20 oil on board
2016
20x16 oil on board
2016
16x20 oil on board
2017
Oil Paint on Board
16"x20"
2017
Oil Painting on board
20"x16"
2017
Oil Paint on Canvas
16"x20"
2015
16x20 oil on board
16x20”
2017
Oil on Board
16"x20"
2017
16x20 oil on board
2016

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  • Behind Closed Doors featuring the work of Bill Skodje Museums around the world have collections storage spaces rarely seen by the general public. Only a tiny percentage of museum artifacts can make it into the galleries at a time. Minneapolis Institute of Art preparator and exhibit designer Bill Skodje started documenting these vaults while on business trips to other museums. Bill's paintings capture the way museums handle the care and preservation of their collections. He was recently at Hennep…
  • Fireside Chat with Bill Skodje Saturday March 24 2:30 pm An art handler by day, Bill knows plenty of behind-the-scenes stories about museum storage spaces. Inspired by the artwork he tends, Bill began to creatively document these workplaces. Learn about his passion for artworks, museums, and collecting their stories. (Bill's work is currently showing in our upstairs gallery.) Free with Museum admission, RSVP requested. To RSVP, please call (612) 870-1329 or rsvp online. Please note that visiti…
  • Bill Skodje posted a new Artwork Chicago History Museum
    One of a series of still life paintings of storage areas in museums. After college I moved to Chicago and found work at the Chicago History Museum. It was the Historical Society back in the 1980's. On a recent trip there I contacted Tamara Biggs, my Chicago neighbor and coworker when I worked at the Field Musem. Tamara now works as the head of Exhibits at CHM and offered to give me a look at storage. This painting is not in storage but rather it's a detail of a train engine that sits on view in …
  • Bill Skodje updated the Artwork Homage to C.W. Peale
    One of a series of still life paintings of storage areas in museums. This is from the Hennepin History Museum.   When I asked to visit the storage facilities of the Hennepin History Museum I was welcomed graciously by their collections manager, Heather Hoagland. That is her hand in this painting. As she pulled back the protective curtain on the storage shelf so I could see the contents she commented that this scene reminded her of the C. W. Peale self portrait titled, “The Artist in His Museu…
  • Bill Skodje updated the Artwork Praxiteles & Phidias
    One of a series of paintings of museum storage. Mia stores exhibit furniture, plaster casts, and other non-art materials in a repurposed nursing home. Each room is painted a different color and has varying curtain styles. The room I painted contained casts that I arranged with odd pieces of furniture. With an MFA in sculpture, I have a high regard for these casts since they were made long ago with craftsmanship that has since been replaced with contemporary scanning techniques. Elaborate molds …
  • One of a series of still life paintings of museum storage. Bruce Dayton was a very generous benefactor to Mia. The gift of his collection to the museum allowed our curators to keep what they wanted and auction or return to the family items they didn't want or send to auction. I recall seeing this sculpture in his living room when our crew would visit to collect loans for the museum. I thought it was very beautiful and when it arrived at the museum after Bruce's death I was thrilled. I immediatel…
  • Bill Skodje updated the Artwork Musée Fabre
    One of a series of still life paintings of museum storage. While visiting a museum on a business trip in Montpellier, France I asked the registrar if I could tour their storage areas. She was so nice and brought me from room to room until I found a plaster portrait bust that caught my imagination. When I begin painting I found an old tube of French ultramarine blue that of course I chose to use for the shelving. This courier trip was very memorable and it included a visit to the summer home of …
  • Bill Skodje updated the Artwork Porcelain figurines
    One of a series of still life paintings of storage areas in museums. This is from Mia, Minneapolis Institute of Art. These porcelain figures have been in a cabinet drawer for as long as I've worked at Mia. Even though they are not displayed at the museum people like my mother admire their beauty as precious dust collectors. When I painted this my mom had recently died and without planning it I started thinking of this as an homage to her and her taste in decorative objects. I removed these figur…
  • One of a series of still life paintings of museum storage. Bruce Dayton was a very generous benefactor to Mia. The gift of his collection to the museum allowed our curators to keep what they wanted and auction or return to the family items they didn't want or send to auction. I recall seeing this sculpture in his living room when our crew would visit to collect loans for the museum. I thought it was very beautiful and when it arrived at the museum after Bruce's death I was thrilled. I immediatel…
  • Bill Skodje updated the Artwork Musée Fabre
    One of a series of still life paintings of museum storage. While visiting a museum on a business trip in Montpellier, France I asked the registrar if I could tour their storage areas. She was so nice and brought me from room to room until I found a plaster portrait bust that caught my imagination. When I begin painting I found an old tube of French ultramarine blue that of course I chose to use for the shelving. This courier trip was very memorable and it included a visit to the summer home of …