Robert Randall Burkert (1930 - 2019)

Birth date: 1930 Death date: 3/8/2019  
Birth location: Racine , Wisconsin Death location: East Orleans, Massachusetts  
Media: Decorative Art , Graphic Art , Painting , Printmaking Web site:
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Biographical Brief


Robert Burkert

Born 1930 in Racine, Wisconsin

Robert Burkert’s early interest in art began close to home with scholarship classes at the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine. His early lithographs were created on an old press in a studio at the museum.  His early art teachers were Sylvester and Cherry B. Jerry at the Wustum, and Helen Sawyer at Racine’s Washington Park High School.  As a teenager, Burkert was also interested in comic art, and drew a teen oriented comic strip for the Chicago Tribune.


As a teen, he also worked as a “ghost” artist on a number of projects for Western Publishing.  These influences and interests later led him to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied drawing, painting and printmaking.  His art professors included Dean Meeker, Alfred Sessler, John Wilde, Don Anderson, James Watrous and Santos Zingale.  While a student there, Burkert won recognition in regional competitive shows.  He received his B.S. degree in drawing, painting and printmaking from UW-Madison in 1952 and his M.S. degree in painting and printmaking in 1955.


In 1953 Burkert married Nancy Ekholm and later they had two children, Claire Loren and Rand.


He taught art at Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1955.  In 1956, he moved to Milwaukee where he was professor and later head of the printmaking department at UW-Milwaukee where he remained until 1993.  Burkert’s screen prints are well known.


Selected One-Man Exhibitions

1971                        Bradley Galleries, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                F.F.A. Galleries, Washington, D.C.

                                Bergstrom Art Center, Neenah, Wisconsin

1985                        Robert Burkert: 30 Years - A Survey of Paintings and Works on Paper from 1955 – 1985                                                 Racine Art Association: Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine

1994                        Robert Burkert: A Retrospective 1950 - 1994, UWM Fine Arts Gallery, Milwaukee


Selected Group Exhibitions

1950- 51                  Contemporary Drawings from Twelve Countries, Art Institute of Chicago and 60 other major museums

1996-97                   Self Portraits - Wisconsin Artists, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Selected Awards

1960                        Boston Print Makers Award

1973                        Knapp Grant Award from UW system to further innovative teaching

1974                        Research grant from UWM Graduate School to experiment in monoprints

1978                        Appointed to Board of Directors, Milwaukee Art Museum

1979                        Wisconsin Arts Board Grant, Photo Screen Experimentation

1983                        Governor’s Award Print Commission, screen print “Georgia O’Keefe”


© 10/17/2007 Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI                                                                          2/11/2010

Wisconsin Affiliations

Wisconsin Art Organizations

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