Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery

The Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Fine Arts Center at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Exhibits are composed of work from local, national, and international artists. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Summer Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Regular Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment
Gallery Director: Brittany Deal
: (319) 352-8386
Office hours: By appointment

2015-16 Exhibits

Frame of Reference | Eliza Au
Thursday, Sept. 10-Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015
Reception: Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-4 p.m.
Eliza Au explores notions of the sacred, divine, and universal by translating two-dimensional patterns into three-dimensional objects.

B/W + MOD | Chawne Paige
Tuesday, Nov. 3-Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
Reception: Thursday, December 17, 6-8 p.m.
Using acrylic, pigments, gypsum, and reclaimed wood, Chawne Paige incorporates elements of typography and graphic design into his compositions. He describes his work as “visual scores,” layering visual elements much like one would layer music samples in a production studio.

Drawing Inventory | Curated by Sarika Sugla, UIMA
Friday, Jan. 8-Friday, March 25, 2016
Reception: Friday, Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m.
Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment
Drawing, the search and experimentation of ideas and forms, is an essential part of an artist’s practice. Whether depicting details of a particular person or place, presenting a message or question, or creating an illusion, artists often draw from the world around them, capturing their observations and experiences.

As an activity, drawing offers the most direct way of recording an artist’s thoughts, explorations, and observations. Unlike painting and sculpture, drawing is not inhibited by an obligation to create a final, finished object. Instead, the drawing process allows artists to experiment and explore concepts freely, without having to concern themselves with the realities of material or space. Drawings, as objects, take a variety of forms, functioning as informal studies, historical documents, narratives, or records of passing observations. Today, artists continue to expand the traditional definition of drawing by including unconventional media and applications.

The definition of drawing has come to describe an endless array of creative approaches with an extraordinary range of physical manifestations. The works presented here explore a wide variety of drawing subjects undertaken by artists represented in the UIMA permanent collection.

This exhibition is curated by Sarika Sugla, Assistant Curator at the UIMA, and is organized by Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections Sharing Project, Supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.


2016 Senior Exhibit | Wartburg Art Students
Wednesday, April 6-Sunday, May 22, 2016
Reception: Thursday, April 7, 7-9 p.m. (RICE Day)


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Exhibition Proposals (PDF)
Click the above link if you are an artist interested in exhibiting. Updated October 2015.

Gallery Description (PDF)
A complete facilities description of the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery, including images, measurements, and floor plan is available for download to help you plan your exhibit proposal

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