Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum Home to Distinctive Art Style


Explore Portage County’s Role in the Great War

Art or doodle? The answer is both at the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum in downtown Stevens Point. For a free experience of rotating and distinctive art, stop by and take a look.

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The small but quality museum is a city-owned gallery curated by volunteer artists and is also home to the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Formerly Point Bakery, the building was bought and donated by Dr. David L. Smith, a UW-Stevens Point emeritus art professor with the vision of creating an arts scene.

Scarabocchio, which means in Italian “scribble” or “doodle,” is a decorative art style invented by Smith, whose permanent artwork can also be viewed at the museum.

Until March 10, 2018, visitors can explore Portage County’s history in the Great War through memorabilia and photographs, an exhibit by the Portage County Historical Society for the cold winter months. Discover more about a celebrity opera singer from Austro-Hungary who referred to Stevens Point as her second home, and other characters that made up the fabric of the county’s war period. A film series with discussion will begin in February.

The space is home to many events, like jazz listening sessions and opening receptions, and is also open to rent for special occasions.

The Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum is open Monday through Thursday from 10-4 p.m. or by appointment. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated (there is a box near the entrance). For more information e-mail: or call: 715-345-7726.