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Paul Burmeister

Paul Burmeister Paul Burmeister Art Professor, Assistant Dean of Advising Email: paul.burmeister@wlc.edu Phone: 414.443.8621

Paul Burmeister


  • B.A., Art, Winona State University
  • M.A., M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Certificates in Synodical Postsecondary Education (Martin Luther College) and in Project Management (University of Wisconsin-Continuing Studies)


I’m privileged to serve WLC as Assistant Dean of Advising and as Professor of Art. I have served at WLC for almost 20 years in a variety of roles, and I have taught courses related to practice and theory in art and design. During an earlier part of my career I worked in management roles in publishing, marketing, and printing.

My academic preparation was as a fine artist, and I maintain an active studio in painting and illustration. I show my artwork primarily in regional museum exhibitions. Also, during the last several years, I have published and presented on topics of vocation, which is the doctrine that teaches us about our callings in the earthly kingdom.


  • COL 101 Introduction to College
  • ART 120 Fundamentals of 2-D
  • ART 200 Introduction to the Visual Arts
  • ART 231 Graphic Design – Foundations
  • ART 381 Illustration
  • ART 400 Special Topics in Art History – Contemporary Trends
  • ART 420 Graphic Design – Advanced

Research Interests

  • Exploration and development, in studio practice, of two different themes: vernacular architecture and character as archetype
  • Scholarship in vocation, emphasizing applications of the traditional Lutheran doctrine and what it means to the lives of students and peers, especially artists
  • Creative process, related to concepts of time and creative thinking
  • Broadly, contemporary cultural studies  and narrowly, critical appreciation of artists relevant to my own painting 

Selected Scholarly Works

  • Inclusion of paintings and drawings in regional exhibitions (invitational and juried)
  • Guest speaker and writer on topics of vocation and academic advising
  • Three papers presented at national design educators conferences on topics of time and the liberal arts

Selected Service Activities

  • Co-Chair of WLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Self-Study
  • Guest lecturer/speaker at WLC and elsewhere
  • Led illustration trips for students to New England and Chicago sites