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Paul R. Burmeister

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Assistant Dean, Advising

Professor, Art



  • Education

    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