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Despite rural focus, Wagner captured Bay View's urban rise in mural series

Bay View was only an independent municipality for less than a decade, but well over a century after its annexation by the city of Milwaukee in 1887, the neighborhood still feels like a village. And perhaps nothing captures that spirit more than the paintings of Bay View by Milwaukee-born artist Ferd Wagner - whose passion for painting the outdoors endured for his entire life - that adorn the auditorium of the 1922 Bay View High School.