The mission of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University is to educate and inspire campus and community members with original works of American art and international religious art, and to bring distinction to Valparaiso University and Northwest Indiana through exhibitions of regional, national, and international importance.
- To collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and teach significant works of art.
- To serve the general art education needs of all students, faculty, and staff, as well as the specific art education needs of those studying the arts and humanities.
- To present the world of art as one that ranges from the artist to a certain locale or region to the nation and/or world.
- To include expressions of religious, especially Christian, faith experiences.
- To include an appropriate representation of all mainstream media (such as painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and decorative arts) to support the various media taught in the Valparaiso University art department.
- To continue developing the Brauer’s two collections: 1) American art, the primary collection, and 2) international religious art, the secondary collection.
- To make the Brauer’s American art collection as comprehensive as possible by including significant examples of all vital directions in American art and cultural history.
- To increase the coherence of direction in the American art collection by 1) acquiring works that anchor that direction and are therefore always on display, and 2) acquiring supporting and perhaps amplifying works that, because of spatial and other considerations, may be rotated in and out of exhibition.
Director of Brauer Museum of Art
MEd – University of Illinois at Chicago, 1991
MFA – School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1989
Gregg Hertzlieb is the director/curator of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Hertzlieb has a master’s degree in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
An exhibiting artist working primarily in watercolor and pen and ink, Hertzlieb has shown his art in numerous exhibitions. His work is in both public and private collections.
Hertzlieb is the editor of the books The Calumet Region: An American Place (Photographs by Gary Cialdella) (2009), Heeding the Voice of Heaven: Sadao Watanabe Biblical Stencil Prints (2010), and Domestic Vision: Twenty-Five Years of the Art of Joel Sheesley (2008), as well as a contributor to the books The Art of George Ames Aldrich (2013), The Indiana Dunes Revealed: The Art of Frank V. Dudley (2006) and American Railroad China: Image and Experience (2008). In addition to performing his duties at the museum, Hertzlieb teaches Museum Studies, Managing Facilities, and Printmaking; serves as art editor for Valparaiso University’s journal The Cresset; and contributes essays on Brauer collection objects to the Valparaiso Poetry Review.
Associate Curator and Registrar
Gloria Ruff is the associate curator/ registrar of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, where she has worked since 1995. A graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle, Ruff also studied art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and in Rome, Italy. She has exhibited at Homewood Studios, in Minneapolis, Minnesota twice in solo exhibitions and once in a group show. Her work has also appeared in group shows in Davies, Florida and Fort Wayne, South Bend, Elkhart, Rensselaer, Indianapolis, Munster and Valparaiso, Indiana, and in two group exhibitions at 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
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