Hardy Gallery Receives $20,000 Wisconsin Arts Board Grant

The historic Hardy Gallery in Ephraim is the recipient of a $20,000 Wisconsin Arts Board grant, one of the 18 grants given to arts organizations across the state by Governor Jim Doyle as part of a Recovery Act Fund for Wisconsin Arts Jobs. The Hardy Gallery was the sole Northeastern Wisconsin recipient of the grant, and scored 32.40 out of a potential 40 points.

$318,500 was made available for recovery funds, with 94 arts organizations from across the state requesting $1.6 million in funds. A 5-person peer review panel reviewed the applications to support jobs that were integral to the mission of Wisconsin arts organizations and that were recently eliminated or in danger of elimination. The Hardy plans to use the funds to reinstate its Exhibitions and Community Relations Coordinator, a position that has been vacant since last November.

“I am so excited about this grant and the possibilities it holds for our organization,” says Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, the Hardy Gallery’s Executive Director. “We do an awful lot for having such a small staff, and I think this grant will really help the Hardy operate at its full potential.”

Support for the Wisconsin Arts Jobs program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A full list of arts organizations receiving funding can be obtained by visiting

The Hardy Gallery is a non-profit arts organization enriching the vibrancy of the Door County community by promoting and fostering local art. The gallery is located on Ephraim’s Anderson Dock and is open Tuesday though Sunday, with extended hours from 10 am – 8 pm on Mondays. For more information call 920.854.2210 or visit