The Wisconsin Historical Society announced today that Associated Bank has donated more than 90 paintings by Max Fernekes, the late, Milwaukee-born artist to the Society’s collection. The paintings were among the assets obtained by Associated Bank through the acquisition of Bank Mutual earlier this summer.

Over several decades, Michael T. Crowley, Sr., the late former chief executive officer of Bank Mutual, collected the paintings, which were displayed throughout Bank Mutual’s corporate headquarters.

“I am pleased to see that my father’s lifelong passion of collecting the work of Wisconsin artist, Max Fernekes, will be shared with the public through this donation to the Wisconsin Historical Society,” said Michael T. Crowley, Jr., former chairman of Bank Mutual Corporation and current Associated Bank board member.

The collection of Fernekes’ artwork spans five decades and features unique Wisconsin scenes from 1930’s urban Milwaukee to rural, rolling hills and historic landmarks.

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