Paul Druecke’s teaching philosophy combines passion for nurturing creative thinking with over twenty years experience as a practicing artist. Students learn to problem solve at all stages of artistic production with an emphasis on understanding relationships between personal vision, artistic commitment, and cultural contribution. Building on his personal history of interactive projects, Druecke connects students to a variety of artistic opportunities within and beyond MIAD’s institutional structure.
Paul Druecke’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Druecke contributed site-specific work for the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The result was a suite of three bronze plaques, titled This Is Not A History, installed on the entrance bridge of the Breuer Building. Another site-specific work, 96th Street Aperture, was installed at 96th and Broadway in New York City as part of Broadway Morey Boogie, a collaborative project by Marlborough Gallery and the Broadway Mall Association. Also in 2014, his multi-faceted project, Garden Path, was installed at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee WI., as part of the their Inside Outside series.
A co-authored discussion of Druecke’s work will be included in the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Public Art. He’s had two books published by Green Gallery Press, Life and Death on the Bluffs (2014), which premiered at the Whitney Biennial, and The Last Days of John Budgen Jr. (2010).
Druecke received a Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in 2010. He has received multiple Awards from Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Fund since 2007. In 2010, he was a resident in the Spaces World Artist Program in Cleveland, OH. In other projects, Druecke has solicited strangers door to door, christened a park and courtyard, rolled out the red carpet, acted as benefactor, initiated a Board of Directors, and created two Memorial Reading Rooms.
Druecke has worked with the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee; The Suburban, Chicago; Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Many Mini Residency, Berlin; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston among other venues. His work has been featured in Camera Austria and InterReview, and written about in Artforum, Art in American, Artnet.com, and Metropolis.com.
Paul Druecke graduated from MIAD in 1986 and began teaching at the college in 2011.
Learn more at www.pauldruecke.com