Board of Visitors
The School of Education is beginning the process of putting together an Art Board of Visitors. This mission statement outlines our vision for this group.
The School of Education Art Board of Visitors serves as an external advisory body to the Art Department, the Office of External Relations, and the Dean. Members are chosen for their accomplishments and their ability and willingness to help the School and the Art Department realize the goal of building an Art Building.
The Art Board of Visitors' role is to serve as ambassadors for the Art Department and the School of Education by assisting in securing funding for the proposed Art Building through:
- Personal contributions
- Establishing and strengthening ties between Art Alumni, the Art Department, and the School of Education
- Identification and cultivation of potential donors and prospects both on and off campus
- Advising and assisting with planning and hosting events related to the Art Building Project
- Advising and assisting with communication between prospects, donors, alumni, and friends and the School of Education
Meetings will be held twice yearly, in the spring and fall in conjunction with the School's Board of Visitors. Additional meetings will be called as necessary.
Initially, the Board will be established as an "Ad Hoc" Board, charged with bringing the Art Building project to completion. Once this goal has been met, the Board's mission may be restructured.
Current Board Members
David A. Berlow, BS 1977
David Berlow was born in Boston, Massachusetts but grew up in Madison where his father was a professor in the Pediatrics Department of the UW School of Medicine. On a Colorado camping trip following graduation from high school, Berlow had a chance encounter with UW art professor Phil Hamilton, who convinced Berlow to study art at UW. Berlow's talents in typography landed him a career as a letter designer in 1978 for Mergenthaler, Linotype, Stempel and Haas typefoundries. After working with digital type supplier Bitstream in the 1980s, Berlow founded The Font Bureau with Roger Black, a former art director for Rolling Stone magazine. Boston-based Font Bureau has developed more than 300 new and revised type designs for The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Hewlett Packard and others, with OEM work for Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corporation. Berlow is a member of the New York Type Directors Club and the Association Typographique International, and remains active in typeface design.
Helen T. Burish, BS 1975, MA 1995
Helen Burish received her degree in Art Education at the UW-Madison, where she studied with several of the University’s most noted professors, including John Wilde, Warrington Colescott, and Ray Gloeckler. Her 27-year teaching career included positions at Green Bay Preble and Middleton High School, as Art Department chairperson at both. During her tenure at Middleton, Helen developed the school’s first computer art curriculum, as well as the first photography program, highlighting both darkroom and digital alternative processes. Acting as a cooperating teacher for UW art education students has been a constant throughout Helen’s career. Travel also has played an active role in her lifestyle, most recently featuring a UW alumni-sponsored trip around the world with her husband, Mark. Like their parents, the couple’s children, Adam and Nikki, attended the UW-Madison, both as captains of the 2006 men’s and women’s national champion hockey teams. To commemorate that experience, the Burish family established an endowment scholarship for UW hockey athletes. Helen retired from teaching in 2008 and currently enjoys her roles as president of the Blackhawk Country Club Women’s Organization and as an independent design consultant. She further maintains her dedication to art education as a visiting artist for the Middleton High School photography classes.
David B. Dahlquist, BS 1980
David Dahlquist learned about the wonders of painting and sculpture at an early age, during frequent trips with his artist mother to the Chicago Art Institute. By the time he entered UW-Madison in the late 1970s, he had an extensive understanding of the vocabulary of art, plus talent. Today, David is widely recognized for creating public art on a grand scale. Since 1988, he has completed more than 30 large-scale public art commissions — including 10 major site commissions for the Iowa Department of Transportation. His artwork also is represented in more than 50 corporate, public and private collections.) David merged his studio with RDG Planning and Design in 2004 and now leads RDG Dahlquist Art Studio — a hands-on fabrication facility staffed by 10 artists and integrated within the nationally recognized Iowa firm. Throughout his career, David has supported developing artists through university and community initiatives. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to arts outreach by providing more than 60 workshops and presentations to schools, colleges and universities nationwide.
Chele Isaac, MFA 2008
Chele Isaac is an artist who lives and works in Madison. Her work is both performative and installation-based and utilizes multi-channel video projections, sound as environment, and sculpture. Before returning to school, she co-founded and operated a graphic design company in Chicago with her partner, Amy Cahill. The two incorporated under the name Speak, inc. and took the name as a directive for the focus of their projects; affordable, well designed objects that promoted women’s history. Armed with a small screen-printing press and no idea how to use it, the partners created a line called Women Fly and printed their designs and biographical stories of little known historical figures on anything that would take ink. For ten years, the business flourished and their following grew. In 2000 the business was sold to an aspiring entrepreneur who had followed the grassroots project from the start. Since then, Chele has focused on her artwork, obtaining her masters, and renovating an historic downtown church as a studio, project space for art events, and home for herself, her husband John and their spoiled dog Maia.
Barbara G. Hennessy, BS 1973
Barbara Hennessy graduated in 1973 with a degree from the Art Department. While in Madison, she studied typography and book design. She worked for 17 years in children's book publishing as a book designer and art director, primarily for Viking Children’s Books in New York. Her design work has received numerous awards including: The American Book Award for Art Direction and Book Design, The American Institute of Graphic Arts Certificate of Excellence, The Type Directors Club Citation for Typographic Excellence, The Art Directors Club Award, The American Institute of Graphic Arts Award, and several Society of Illustrators Certificates of Merit for Art Direction.
Hennessy has also authored over 35 children’s books under the name B.G. Hennessy. Published by Viking Children’s Books, G. P. Putnam Books for Young Readers, Candlewick Press, and Simon and Schuster she has nearly four million books in print in ten languages. She lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with her husband Jim.
David Huchthausen is an internationally recognized artist with an extensive international exhibition record spanning nearly 40 years. He maintains a private studio in Seattle where he works with complex and highly technical fabricated glass and projected light. His sculpture is included in the permanent collections of more than 60 major museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian, the Hokkaido Museum in Sapporo, Japan and the Museum of Fine Art in Düsseldorf, Germany. He has received numerous grants and awards and his work is widely documented in dozens of books and catalogs. David received an Associate of Arts and a BS from UW. He earned his MFA from Illinois State University, and directed the glass program there from 1976-1977. David was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to the University of Applied Arts, in Vienna, Austria in 1977 and 1978. He served as Design Director of Milropa Studios in New York from 1978 to 1980 and Associate Professor of Art and Director of Glass Programs at Tennessee Tech University from 1980-89. In addition to teaching, David has organized and curated numerous national and international art exhibitions and served as Curatorial and Acquisitions consultant to the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin from 1976 to 1993.
Diane “Dedi” Knox, BS 1967 Art Education
Dedi Knox is a professional artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She works in oil/watercolors. Dedi taught for six years and then quit to raise her family.
Diane “DeeDee” Pellegrin, BS 1969 Art Education
Dee Dee Pellegrin grew up in Racine, Wisconsin. She was a former art educator. While living in Ft. Atkinson she worked as a graphic designer at the former Johnson Hill Press Inc. and taught needlepoint at the vocation/technical college. For the pst 28 years, Dee Dee has been living in Milwaukee. Dee Dee is a Community Volunteer and currently serves on the following boards: The Milwaukee Public Library Foundation Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of S.E. Wisconsin Board of Directors and Teacher, Junior Achievement of WI. Women’s Association past chair, Habitat for Humanity/Milwaukee - Chair of 2011 Women's Build, Peace Harvest International Board of Directors, THW/Global Solidarity /Uganda project. Past Boards/involvements include: Next Door Foundation, Children's Service Society of WI, Friends of Milwaukee Ballet, Alverno College President's Council, MIAD- Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, UW Madison School of Education, Milwaukee Art Museum/Docent, Children's Hospital of SE WI.
Lyle F. Novinski, MA 1958, MFA 1963
Lyle Novinski, an art historian and painter, received an MA in art education and an MFA in painting from UW. He did some graduate work in philosophy and theology at Marquette University and worked with one of the founding Cistercians at UW. Novinski joined the University of Dallas faculty in 1960 to help start the art department there. He received many commissions and prizes in the earlier half of his career, but about twenty years ago he began devoting much of his time to liturgical art and design including paintings, stained glass windows and furnishings. His work can be seen in more than 65 churches across Texas but primarily in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. He designed a complete set of windows for a new church in Cedar Park, Texas.
Susan Solie Patterson, MFA 1982
Susan Solie Patterson has earned two degrees in Art from the School of Education: a BS in 1979 and an MFA in 1982. Sue is a letter winner, team captain and all-American swimmer. Her professional experience includes serving as Partner/Senior Art Director at J. Walter Thompson/NY (now known as JWT), and is also an accomplished photographer. Sue currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation in West Palm Beach, FL and Board of Directors at Palm Beach Day Academy in Palm Beach, FL. A stalwart Badger fan, Sue lives with her husband, James and their son in Palm Beach, FL.
J.J. Sedelmaier graduated from the Art Department in 1978. His major career accomplishments include both high profile commercial successes, writings about the graphic arts, and historical preservation work. Most notably, his studio launched the first season of MTV's Beavis & Butt-Head and were co-creators, with Robert Smigel, of the TV Funhouse cartoons for NBC's Saturday Night Live. The studio’s most recent broadcast projects include the creation of all designs and animation for The Colbert Report's Tek Jansen cartoon series and the reintroduction of classic animated characters like Speedy Alka-Seltzer and the Scrubbing Bubbles for SC Johnson. He has helped save historic structures like the 1926 Bar Building in White Plains, New York, and the Dempster Skokie Swift Terminal in Skokie Illinois. He currently lives and works with his wife Patrice in White Plains. They have two grown children, one of whom recently graduated from UW Madison.
Joseph H. Seipel, BS 1970
Joe Seipel is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Previous to his current position in the Dean’s Office, he served as Chair of the Department of Sculpture for seventeen years. US News and World Report ranks the Department of Sculpture’s graduate program number one in the nation and the School of the Arts as the highest ranked public arts program in the country. The numerous articles and presentations on his innovative approach to sculpture curriculum have had a profound effect on how sculpture is taught across the country. His own studio production is monumental in scale and ranges from conceptually based objects to multimedia pieces and robotics. Joe, his wife Suzanne and daughter Chloe live in Richmond, VA.
Harvey Shapiro, BA 1968
Harvey Shapiro graduated with a degree in political science in 1968, then went on to receive his M.F.A. degree from the University of Chicago. He is a nationally known sculptor with more than 30 years of experience perfecting his art. His many clients include the Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Hotels and Price Waterhouse. One of Harvey's most recent commissioned pieces of sculpture is currently on display at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. In addition to running his own sculpting studio, Harvey has taught an introductory, non-credit extension course in sculpting for California State University at Northridge. He currently resides in Calabasas, California, where he also has a home studio.
Although he was a business student while attending UW-Madison, Ron Starr has been creating pottery as a hobby since high school, and took every ceramics course offered by Bruce Breckenridge and Don Reitz before graduating in 1980. He later founded the Visiting Ceramics Artist program at the University. Ron spent most of his career thus far as the owner of Consolidated Service Corporation, a fleet management company, but sold it to focus on art full time. He lives in Long Grove, Illinois, with his wife Debbie and has a studio in nearby Lake Zurich. They have two daughters. You may contact Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847/846-4076.
JOHN D. WILEY, PH.D. 1968
Chancellor Emeritus John D. Wiley was a graduate student in physics when he first came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1964. He returned to campus a decade later, embarking on a more than 30-year career as a professor and administrator that has made a lasting impact on both the university and the state in the true spirit of the Wisconsin Idea. As the university’s chief executive officer, Wiley led UW-Madison through a period of major growth in diversity, infrastructure, research funding, access, and service-learning and study-abroad opportunities for students. He is a passionate supporter of the arts and strong advocate for a plan to create an East Campus arts corridor, including a pedestrian mall and an expanded Chazen Museum of Art. In less visible ways, Wiley’s enthusiasm for the arts has touched lives across the campus. He and his wife, Georgia, provide funding for various arts programs across the University and John personally welded metal wine racks for art auctions benefiting Tandem Press, a self-supporting printmaking studio affiliated with the Art Department.
Mary Alice Wimmer, MA 1961, MFA 1964
Mary Alice Wimmer is a retired Professor Emerita from University of Wisconsin Colleges where she taught Drawing, Painting, Printmaking (woodcut), Art Survey, Women in the Arts, and Renaissance Art History. She is currently working in watercolor painting and silverpoint drawing. Ms. Wimmer has exhibited statewide, nationally and internationally in juried and invitational shows. Her work is shown at the following galleries: Tory Folliard in Milwaukee; Printworks in Chicago; and Chosy in Madison. She has works in the permanent collections at the Chazen, MMOCA, Milwaukee Art Museum, Racine Art Museum, and the UW Student Union. She also currently serves on the Chazen and the Tandem Press Boards. In the past she has served on the Wisconsin State Arts Board under four governors, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, the Madison Art Center Board, and the UW Alumni Association Board.
Paul Woelbing, BS 1979
Paul Woelbing is president of Carma Laboratories, Inc. in Franklin, WI. The company, best known for producing Carmex lip balm, was founded by Paul's grandfather, Alfred Woelbing, in 1937. Paul earned a bachelor's degree in art education from U. W. Madison and an MFA in jewelry mechanism from Temple University's Tyler School of Art. He lived in New York City and worked as an art teacher for several years before returning to Wisconsin in 1991 and joining the family business.
Sherry LeVine Zander is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has exhibited her colorful watercolor and acrylic paintings regularly in juried shows in regional art museums, and has shown and sold work in art galleries in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and South Carolina. Sherry’s work has also been seen in print publications including Better Homes and Garden Treasury of Needlecrafts. Several years after relocating to Dallas, Texas, Sherry began teaching private group art classes at her studio. She does what she loves – teaching young people the joy and wonder of discovering and creating art. Sherry lives in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas with her husband Ron, two daughters, and a lot of very interesting art.
Jeffrey Zukowski, BS 1993
Jeffrey Zukowski received his degree in graphic design in 1993 under the mentorship of Professor John Rieben. Since graduation, he has started four companies, two of which he sold. His largest success was with Web Design Group, Inc., a Chicago-based web development firm that he started in 1993 and ran as CEO until selling it in 2000. Jeff was named one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs by Crain's Chicago Business in 1999 and was the youngest member of Mayor Daley's Technology Advisory Board. He currently lives in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, with his wife and two sons and is the vice president of Symlabs, an international company specializing in identity management infrastructure. He splits office time between Lake Geneva and downtown Chicago.