Willi Anders (1897 - 1979)

Birth date: 1897 Death date: 1979  
Birth location: Hanover, Germany Death location: Brookfield, Wisconsin  
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William F. (Willi) Anders
Born 1897 in Hanover, Germany
Died 1979 in Brookfield, Wisconsin
Willi Anders was an artist as well as a designer who was talented in several diverse media: watercolor, oil painting and woodcuts. Born in Hanover, Germany, Anders studied at the Mittleschule and Kunstgewerbeeschule (arts and crafts schools), before leaving Germany.  He subsequently lived in South America for five years before arriving in Milwaukee in 1928.  Here he studied at Layton School of Art, eventually going on to study with Robert von Neumann and Myron Nutting in 1933.

In 1934 Anders married Anne Voigt. Two years later he became an American citizen, but there is no official documentation of this. He and his wife Anne lived in Brookfield, Wisconsin in a joint studio and house, which was designed by architect Harry Bogner. Anders was a designer-draftsman for Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company in Milwaukee and he spent as many hours in his studio as an artist as he did at his day job.

Anders was a member of several art organizations: Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors, Milwaukee Printmakers, Wisconsin Artists Federation and Wisconsin Printmakers.  He exhibited in many locations: Chicago, Philadelphia and Kansas City. The Kansas City exhibition in 1936 included work by Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry. Anders’s entry was an oil painting titled, Cherry Street Bridge.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

1973 Fricassee of Arts Gallery, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Selected Group Exhibitions

Wisconsin Salon of Art, Wisconsin State Fair (Honorable Mention)   
1935 Wisconsin Salon of Art, Madison, Wisconsin (First Prize) 
Milwaukee Art Institute (Award)
1938 Wisconsin State Fair
1938 Madison, Wisconsin (Honorable Mention)
1939 Wisconsin State Fair
1962 Goethe House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1974 Charles Allis Art Library, Milwaukee Wisconsin
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