Art faculty at Wisconsin Lutheran College pair up with mentors for an art exhibition

Mentors who shaped the individual art paths of four professors at Wisconsin Lutheran College are invited for a joint faculty and mentor art exhibition

Date Posted: February 10, 2009

MILWAUKEE – Four members of the art faculty at Wisconsin Lutheran College are pairing up with their mentors for an eight artist show of mixed media from February 27 through March 27 in the Schlueter Art Gallery at Wisconsin Lutheran College. 

Wisconsin Lutheran associate professor of art Kristin Gjerdset will display paintings from her fall 2008 artist in residency program at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Her work explores both the natural world and the Pueblo cliff dwellings. 

Gjerdset's mentor Diane Bywaters is professor of art in the department of art and design at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She is known as an en plein air oil landscape painter. Bywaters will be highlighting the Milwaukee cityscape with several of her paintings that were created while she was a UW-System fellow in the UW Milwaukee 21st Century Program last year.

Chad Lindemann, assistant professor of art at Wisconsin Lutheran College searches for interconnectedness of nature, humanity and art. His intent is expressed through drawing, painting and printmaking. Lindemann will display landscapes that depict the subtle and serene beauty he finds in nature.

Lindemann's mentor Carl Grupp, is professor emeritus from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he taught for 35 years. Grupp is an explorer of many different themes. In this show he will have lithography, photography and watercolor depicting subjects of still life, landscape and the figure.

Paul Burmeister, associate professor of art at Wisconsin Lutheran, teaches graphic design and focuses on 2-D design. As a creative artist, he maintains an active studio as a painter and printmaker. Burmeister will show acrylic paintings of enigmatic narratives that have been constructed using hand-made still life materials.

Don Schmidlapp serves as mentor to Burmeister. Since 1981, Schmidlapp has taught drawing and painting at Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota. He was the former gallery director for the Watkins Gallery and his work has been exhibited in galleries and art centers throughout the United States. Schmidlapp will exhibit pastel landscapes of the Mississippi River Valley.

Wisconsin Lutheran professor Jim Matson works with sculpture, ceramics and photography. He creates mixed media figurative sculptures incorporating literacy and historical art symbolism into his creations. Matson, who is also the department chair for art and theatre, has done extensive work on set designs for the college theatre program.  His sculptures will be on display.

Karl Borgeson, professor emeritus from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater is Matson's mentor. Borgeson creates wheel thrown and hand built functional pottery using wood fired salt glazes on stoneware and porcelain. Borgeson served as a professor of art for more than 30 years at UW – Whitewater and during that time has done numerous artist workshops teaching his techniques.

Learn more by attending an artist lecture by Chad Lindemann based on what he learned from Carl Grupp on Friday, February 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Reichel Lecture Hall. An opening reception will be held following the lecture from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Schlueter Art Gallery. Both venues are located in the Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue. For more information and gallery hours visit or call (414) 443-8873.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a four-year, Christian liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.

Samples of faculty and mentor artwork:

Kristin Gjerdset mentor artwork image
Kristin Gjerdset

Diane Bywaters artwork image
Diane Bywaters

Chad Lindemann mentor artwork image 
Chad Lindemann

Carl Grupp mentor artwork image 
Carl Grupp

Jim Matson mentor artwork image
Jim Matson

Karl Borgeson mentor artwork image 
Karl Borgeson

Paul Burmeister mentor artwork image
Paul Burmeister

Don Schmidlapp mentor artwork image
Don Schmidlapp