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About Lance Thomas Industrial Artwork

My goal is to showcase the heart of each city I photograph with industrial materials, architectural imagery and creativity.

I walk the street with my camera and spend time in the alleys and the dark corners. Afterward, I choose and highlight the images that add character and depth to the city, building one-of-a-kind frames using mostly reclaimed or salvaged materials.

I started this process in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2012 and have since brought this philosophy to my home town of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I plan to expand to other cities in the future as well as add to existing city collections.

Capturing buildings, breweries, doors, windows, signs and all the little things that make a city unique…

Little Milwaukee


In this section I want to showcase some of my current photography and projects. As I build content on the website, some of the new works can get lost in the shuffle. Here are some of the things I am working on now.


This is a shot of a set of steps that lead from a small town VFW down to a defunct boat dock. I believe they were built as a memorial to WWI vets from the town. They are in disrepair and I never see anyone down there, but it is one of my favorite places. I feel a reverence when I’m there, and a true connection to the past and the sacrifice of many.



This is a shot of a set of water standpipes on a building in Indianapolis. I was drawn to this fixture immediately. I think it is neat how they each rise in size. There is something neat about a fixture that waits patently thought time to do it’s job. Hopefully they are never needed!





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I am happy to announce that I am on the wait list this year for the 2018 Lakefront Festival of Art. This is a very prestigious art event and I am very excited for the possibility of being a vendor at the festival. I was called off the wait list 2 years ago, at the 11th hour- and I was honored to exhibit and represent the city I love! I will be waiting anxiously to hear the good word. I will prepare as though I’m going to be included in the event, because this show is unbelievable, and I want to put on a great show.

The show dates are June 15th - 17th. Mark your calendars and I hope to be presenting to Milwaukee! I will keep you all posted.
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I will be participating in this year’s Art in the Burg. The event will be held in the Cederberg high school Fieldhouse on March 10th from 10 AM until 4 PM. This is one of my longest standing events. I believe this is my fifth year of participating. It is always fun and the art is always fabulous. It’s nice and cozy indoors, And located in Cedarburg – one Wisconsin’s best art communities!

Check out the link below to see some of the featured artist. Thanks, and see you in the Burg!

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Art in the Burg

March 10, 2018, 10:00am - March 10, 2018, 4:00pm

The event will be held in the high school Fieldhouse.

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Here’s a few shots of my Gallery show at the Leenhauts Gallery. I am here now talking to the members of the church about my art (11:00 service is going on now). I will be here from 1:00 to 3:00 to great and chat with any of my friends or the public that wishes to stop by!

1342 N. Astor
If you are coming down just enter the building and go down the hall to the right. If you text me, I can meet you at the door.
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I found these three pieces of metal at a salvage yard. I knew what I was going to do right away. I wish they had more, but maybe it was the way it should be.

"Trio"- 2018
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