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Fall Commencement 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

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Commencement Speaker

William Bukowski

Professor William Bukowski was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a master of arts degree in 1978 and a master of fine arts in 1979. 

When Bukowski was hired at Bethany in 1980, he was the only member of the art faculty. Now, in his 32nd year at Bethany, he teaches studio art and art history classes and was instrumental in developing the four-year program in studio art.  

Bukowski currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Christ in Media Institute and is the chairman of the art department at Bethany Lutheran College.

He is a productive artist and has been awarded many commissions throughout the years including: The Life of Christ Altarpiece in Bethany’s Trinity Chapel; The Creation Fresco in the Meyer Hall of Science and Mathematics at Bethany; Como Park Mural, St. Paul Children’s Hospital; The Means of Grace Altarpiece, Grace Lutheran Church, Madison, Wisconsin; Reformation Altarpiece, Reformation Lutheran Church, Portland, Oregon; Community of Believers, Christ Chapel at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota; Sibley Summer Morning, Pathstone Living, Mankato, Minnesota 

Bukowski has participated in more than 150 juried, group, or one person exhibitions and has artwork in many public and private collections including Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, The University of Minnesota Collection-Minneapolis, the Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin, and Cargill Corporation. He has been one of the artists involved in the Arts and Healing Program at Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota. 

Bukowski not only teaches art and art history, he seeks to bring students to the great works of art and in so doing has accompanied study groups to New York and Europe over 20 times during his teaching career at Bethany Lutheran College.

Bukowski enjoyed his fourth sabbatical in the fall of 2011 when he and his wife, Sherri, spent part of the fall semester in Rome, Italy, and also toured Athens, Greece, and some of the art museums in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. 

He married Sherri Goetzke, a 1974 Bethany alumna, in 1976 and their three children Jeffrey, Julia, and Jennifer all attended Bethany.