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Paul R. Burmeister

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Professor of Art

Assistant Dean of Advising



  • Education

    B.A., Art, Winona State University
    M.A., M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison


    It’s my privilege to serve WLC as Assistant Dean of Advising. In this role I get to know a lot of students, staff, and faculty, as we all work together to keep us focused on mission. I have also taught here for almost 20 years as full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty, teaching courses related to design practice and theory. During another part of my career I worked in leadership roles in the publishing, marketing, and printing industries. My academic preparation was as a fine artist, and I maintain an active studio in painting and illustration. I have amateur “expertise” in jazz music and children’s picture books.


    • COL 101 
    • ART 231 Introduction to Graphic Design
    • ART 303 Graphic Design
    • ART 350 Illustration
    • ART 400 Contemporary Trends

    Research Interests

    • Scholarship and applications of vocation, including the traditional Lutheran doctrine as it applies to the lives of students and colleagues
    • Creative thinking, especially related to concepts of time and neuroscience
    • Broadly, contemporary cultural studies (Julian Barnes, Geoff Dyer, Tony Judt, Susan Sontag, etc.) and narrowly, critical appreciation of painters as it applies to my own painting (Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cezanne, Philip Guston, etc.) 

    Selected Scholarly Works

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

    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