The Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Bachmann 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.

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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.

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

John Ng ’85 Exhibit
Monday, May 16-Monday, May 30, 2016
Reception: Wednesday, May 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
On returning to Borneo after graduating from Wartburg, with a double major in art and sociology, numerous opportunities presented themselves in both fields. Working as a designer for a local architectural firm, doing first-hand research projects for the Sarawak Museum and Society Atelier Sarawak and eventually a multinational petroleum company, my artistic talents were attuned to the fast disappearing Borneo indigenous arts and crafts

Drawing Inventory | Curated by Sarika Sugla, UIMA
Friday, Jan. 8-Friday, March 25, 2016
Reception: Friday, Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m. 
Shortened gallery hours to be determined

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.


Summer Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Regular Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily 
Gallery Director: Brittany Deal
Phone: (319) 352-8386
Office hours: By appointment

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.

Recent Exhibits
David Kamm and Rebecca Kamm
Angela Waseskuk
Project AWARE
Ladies and Landscapes
The Saint John’s Bible