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Professor Katharine Schmidt

Katharine Schmidt
  • Title Assistant Professor of Visual Arts
    Drawing & Painting
  • Work Phone 574.807.7655
  • Office 1001 Bethel Circle Mishawaka IN 46545 USA EST

Katharine Schmidt received an M.F.A. in Painting with a concentration in Art History from Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville and continued training in drawing, pastels, and anatomy at the Seattle Academy of Fine Art (now the Gage Academy) in Seattle, Washington. Katharine became a Foundations instructor at the Academy and as Curriculum Director/Advisor, and designed the school’s first Foundation Certificate Program in Drawing and Painting. After returning home to Indiana, she earned teaching certification from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, while also teaching foundation drawing and painting classes there.

Katharine is very passionate about offering students a solid basis in Drawing and Design, while focusing on their implications for communication in our increasingly visual world. To facilitate this, Katharine has developed a very clear, step-by-step method of teaching drawing from observation which trains people who have never drawn before to a level of competence within a semester. Non-majors are always welcome in her classes, because art training offers an opportunity to develop the problem solving and global thinking skills so prized by employers in a competitive world.

Katharine has exhibited nationally and was honored to have work included in a show at the South Bend Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana. At the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, Indiana, she won a Purchase Award during the 30th Elkhart Juried Art Exhibition. She is a member of Northern Indiana Artist, Inc. and the Northern Indiana Pastel Society and exhibits regionally with those organizations. Sycamore Gallery at the Old Bag Factory in Goshen, Indiana included her work in the “Peace on Earth Show” and represents her ceramic sculpture.

Her recent research involves pushing the boundaries of ceramic sculpture using paper clay and painting and drawing on these 3D ceramic surfaces. The work represents a change from traditional representation to symbolic explorations of personal, spiritual, and social themes.

Katharine lives in Elkhart, Indiana, and looks after an elderly mother. She enjoys seeing her five Hoosier brothers and their families more frequently after living on the West Coast. Her son Nathan attends the University of Washington and plans to graduate with a degree in biology and conservation. Katharine teaches Sunday school at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Elkhart and volunteers for her favorite charity, Art-Ability, a program for disabled adults.