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

Front Looking To Nook
Back Room

The Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery in collaboration with the Wartburg Community Symphony invites you to participate in the “Music Takes Flight” Art Competition!

For their Feb. 18, 2 p.m. concert, the Wartburg Community Symphony will be performing a concert centered on birds with a theme of “Music Takes Flight.”  To help enrich the audience experience at the concert, the symphony is seeking a suite of individual artworks inspired by the four birds featured in Ottorino Respighi’s The Birds. The four birds depicted within the music include the dove, the hen, the nightingale, and the cuckoo. A link to the music piece can be found below.

Respighi – The Birds

Three suites of birds will be awarded 1st ($250), 2nd ($175), and 3rd place ($125), and will be projected during the performance of the piece on Feb. 18. The competition is open to those in high school and up. All artists who submit original artwork will be invited to attend the concert and stand next to their work during intermission. Additional submission requirements can be found below:

Submission Requirements

  • Entries must consist of four individual artworks inspired by each of the four birds depicted in Ottorino Respighi’s The Birds. (The dove, hen, nightingale, and cuckoo.)
  • Submissions must include the original artworks, a completed entry form (pdf can be found below), and an artist statement including a brief biography and information about the work in context to the music.
  • Submissions are to be dropped off at the Wartburg College Music Office, in the Bachman Fine Arts Center, to Carrie Church on December 12th or 13th during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact gallerydirector@wartburg.edu. Judging will take place on Dec. 15 and winners will be notified via the email they provide on the entry form. All submissions will be available for pick up after the concert on Feb. 18.

Participation in the competition clears Wartburg College to digitize your artwork for purposes of the event and to use the images for promotion of this event and similar events/competitions in the future.

Please remember to fill out the entry form (pdf can be found below) and submit it with your artwork and artist statement.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at gallerydirector@wartburg.edu.

2022-23 EXHIBITS

Mille Guldbeck: Sound as a Map
Sept. 5–Oct. 20

Reception/Gallery Talk: Thursday, Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.

Rachel Moser: Where It Used To Be Blue
Oct. 31–Dec. 15
Artist Reception/Gallery Talk: Thursday, Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m.

Russ Nordman: Iowa Combines
Jan. 9–Feb. 12
Artist Reception/Gallery Talk: Friday, Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m.

Robert Kennon: Monumental Mysteries
Feb. 20-March 26

Artist Reception/Gallery Talk: TBD

Senior Exhibition 2023
April 4–May 28
Artist Reception: Tuesday, April 4, 7-9 p.m.

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

Exhibition Proposals (PDF)
Click the above link if you are an artist interested in exhibiting. Updated Dec. 2022.

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

Briana Jo Agan Borchert

Art Gallery Director & Exhibition Manager