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Mama and Baby Bones

Don Debaker - 2002, 2012 (refurbished)

Recycled Metal Sculpture

These Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs made their debut outside the Neville Public Museum in 2002. Later named Mama and Baby Bones, these sculptures have become emblems of the Neville’s mission and identity. Like the Neville they are products of cooperation, generosity, talent and community support. The sculptor, Don Debaker, was a boilermaker turned artist, who fused his love for art and his welding skills by making bird and butterfly sculptures. Inspired by his find of a large industrial-sized chain, perfect for a T-Rex backbone, Debaker began work on his first dinosaur. A gift from Marguerite “Mugs” Gardner. Special thanks to Renco Machine Company, Inc. and Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.


Ned Cain - 2004

Mild Steel Sculpture

Babble represents three individuals in heated discussion.  The circle holding them together indicates a unified voice.  The conversation being had, and with whom, is left to your imagination.   

Ned Cain’s sculpture was entered in the 60th Art Annual juried exhibition at the Neville Public Museum.  Cain, a resident of De Pere, is a fulltime sculptor that has also worked as a model maker, teacher of architectural and industrial model building, and an inventor. 

A gift from the Friends of Art of the Neville Public Museum, Ltd.  

Additional support from Neil and Nancy Hacker Gneiser, Rosella Kelly, Bonnie and Jeff Willems, and Roberta VanLaanen. 

Glacial Edge

O.V. Shaffer - 1983

Welded Brass Sculpture 

Glacial Edge stands as melting pieces of glacial ice floating in a pool of water.  O.V. Schaffer was selected by a committee to create a fountain sculpture for the newly constructed Neville Public Museum, in connection with the permanent exhibit On the Edge of the Inland Sea.
Born in 1928, O.V. Shaffer has become a renowned artist in Wisconsin, with more than 1,200 pieces held in collections throughout the Midwest. His work also adorns many public and private buildings, such as the Madison Public Library, Beloit College Campus, and Riverside Park in West Bend.  

In memory of the McGinnis Family of Old Fort Howard and Green Bay.

Staff Art Selections

The Neville Public Museum has over 1,800 pieces of art in the permanent collection, many of which have never been on display. Below are a few pieces personally selected by our staff.

    Archaic Saurian Reptilia Amphibia
    Archaic Saurian Reptilia AmphibiaDavid V Holmes • Mixed Media Sculpture
    BeaverDan Dickhut • Woodblock and Print
    DefianceArtist Unknown • Bronze Sculpture
    FamilyCatherine Ahl (Huntowski) • Sculpture
    Hindu Woman
    Hindu WomanIsabel Beaudoin • Wood Carving
    Jewelry Cabinet
    Jewelry CabinetArtist Unknown • Wood Carving
    Les Idees Nouvelles de la Mode
    Les Idees Nouvelles de la ModeArtist Unknown • French Fashion Magazine Print
    Portrait of a Small Dog
    Portrait of a Small DogArtist Unknown • Oil on Canvas
    Relief painting of waterfall
    Relief painting of waterfallEdward Kyber • Oil or Acrylic on Paper
    The First Dance of Emilie and Alexander
    The First Dance of Emilie and AlexanderHelen Carpiaux • Plaster
    Three Amish Women
    Three Amish WomenWatercolor • Wayne Bender
    Washington Before the Trenches at Yorktown
    Washington Before the Trenches at YorktownHoward Pyle • Oil on Canvas
    WW2 Poster
    WW2 PosterArtist Unknown • Poster
    Yellow Mountain
    Yellow MountainChiang Er-Shih • Traditional Chinese Ink Painting

74th Art Annual

Art exhibits have been a significant part of the Neville Public Museum's history since its beginning in 1915. In 1942, museum director, Earl Wright, initiated this juried art competition. Learn More