Most of the pieces he chose are by artists featured in world-class collections: Robert Cottingham, Judy Pfaff, Fred Stonehouse and Robin Griebe, to name a few. Others artists are up-and-coming, whose work is just waiting to be discovered. Every piece in the bank has a story.
“Empire” by Cottingham depicts a sign on the street where Rosa Parks famously refused to move from her seat. “Search for a Cure” by Stonehouse hangs in the same room; it is, as Brogan explains, “a potent symbol of how decisions are made.” Other works, such as Kathleen Clark’s “Foreclosure Quilt” and Griebe’s “Tempest,” deal with the 2008 financial crisis and its chain reactions: “Foreclosure Quilt” is an abstract map of empty houses in Chicago, and for Brogan, “Tempest” is about maintaining a steady course in trying times.
He hopes to add museum-quality plaques to the pieces to allow for self-guided tours. To view the collection, the public is welcome to visit the bank at 264 W Wisconsin Ave, Kaukauna, during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.