Armin O. Hansen
Armin O. Hansen was a painter, muralist, and portrait artist in Milwaukee. He studied under well-known artists Gustave Moeller and Frederick Fursman at the State Normal School and later at the National Academy of Art in New York, and also in Munich under muralist Leo Putz. Hansen is best remembered as a muralist for the great number of murals he created as part of the WPA Federal Arts Program. His works also adorn places like the reception hall and tap room at the Pabst Brewing Company, the executive suite at Evinrude Outdoor Marine Company, and the Loraine Hotel in Madison. Hansen's work is in the collections of both the Milwaukee Art Museum and Museum of Wisconsin Art.
The “Workers Mural” once graced the entrance of the Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School. It measures 13.5 feet wide by 9 feet high with a cut out for a door. It was removed from the building within the last decade, separated into three sections and extracted with plaster and wood still intact. Major conservation treatment was required. PARMA Conservation of Chicago did an excellent job restoring the mural to its original state.
Paul Finger of Milwaukee was instrumental in saving the mural, and was responsible for bringing it to the attention of Kohler Foundation. The Milwaukee School of Engineering will install the mural in 2013.