Artists who Teach Exhibit at UW-WC

Artwork of Area Educators Featured

UW-Washington County (UW-WC) is hosting an Artists who Teach exhibition from January 28 through February 11.  The display is in conjunction with the WINTER ARTS FESTIVAL planned for Saturday, January 29. The ARTISTS WHO TEACH exhibit is a collection of work created by art educators who instruct kindergarten through college level art students. It is a remarkable representation of the diverse, aesthetic talents of these educators. Each artist was able to submit one or two pieces of artwork.

A painting titled “My Survivor Experience” by Campbellsport High School teacher, Linda Boehlke is one of the more intriguing designs. Boehlke’s oldest daughter, Andrea will be on the upcoming show Survivor.  The odd shaped oil painting that Boehlke just completed in December, is her “depiction of what I went through thus far in our journey in training for the show and while she was away in Nicaragua.”  (Andrea’s interview, photos and biography are posted on the website.)

The purpose of the exhibit is to showcase the artistic and creative talents of area art educators. As dedicated teachers, it can be difficult to make time for themselves as artists.  Included with each piece of art is a reflection on what each teacher enjoys most about teaching art. The answers provide a wonderful insight into the creative process and the satisfaction these teachers derive from their work. Gina Studelska, art teacher at Grafton wrote, “I think that the combination of kids and creative energy is the best part of my job. It is ever changing and ever challenging!”  Sr. Eloise Hirlemann, art teacher at St. Boniface in Germantown, wrote, “I like to see students’ faces light up when they recognize quality art work. Seeing students who do art with patience and creativity is a joy.”

The exhibition features works by...

Linda Boehlke, Campbellsport High School; Mike Driscoll, Grafton High School and Kennedy Elementary; Marcia Gora Patek, Grafton High School; Chris Graziano, Slinger High School; Sister Eloise Hirlemann, St. Boniface School, Germantown; Cheryl Hofschulte, Holy Angels, West Bend and Holy Trinity, Kewaskum; Jay Krueger, West Bend East/West High Schools;  Josh Lesniak, UW-Washington County; Deb Mortl, Cedarburg High School; Erin Nelson, Campbellsport Junior and High School; Kate Schaffer, Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson; Gina Studelska, Grafton High School; Kate Yahr, Living Word Lutheran High School, Jackson.  

The art gallery will be open to the public on Friday evening, January 28 from 6pm to 9pm for the Carrie Newcomer concert as well as during the Winter Arts Festival on Saturday, January 29 from 10am to 4pm.



Sue Bausch