Self-taught Art

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The artisans in this category had no formal training in art, it was something they felt a drive to start, perhaps later in life, or in retirement, because they had the fire inside them to create these magnificent collections.

Some sites are left out of this listing, like the Mary Knoll Art Environment, because Mary Knoll was an educated artist by trade.

--J.R. Manning

Dickeyville Grotto (Grant County, Wisconsin)
The work of a self-taught artisan, the Dickeyville Grotto is a collection of concrete sculptures, structures and shrines dedicated to God and patriotism.
Forevertron (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
World's Largest Scrap Iron Sculpture
Grandview (Iowa County, Wisconsin)
A sculpture garden created by Nick and Katherine Englebert from 1937 through the 1950s.
Grotto of the Redemption (Palo Alto County, Iowa)
Jurustic Park (Marathon County, Wisconsin)
An outdoor gallery of the sculptures of Clyde Wynia
Klatt's Miniature Village (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
Martha Timm Rock Garden (Chickasaw County, Iowa)
Artwork by a self-taught artisan, moved to Mikkelson Park.
Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden & Museum (Buffalo County, Wisconsin)
Lifetime collection of a self-taught artisan; Restored by the Kohler Foundation in 1994
Sisson's Peony Gardens (Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin)
Former commercial nursery specializing in peonies, now a landmark garden.
Wisconsin Concrete Park (Price County, Wisconsin)
Sculpture garden of self-taught artisan, Fred Smith