MAILED: Aug. 22, 2000
The second recipient of the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been named.
Anders Shafer, professor of art, received the award that recognizes a commitment to the university, achievement in scholarship and a commitment to student learning and life.
Shafer, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1968, teaches life drawing, color, illustration and painting courses and has been instrumental in the development of the art major's illustration emphasis. He has been working with E.P. Dutton-Penguin Putnam to write and illustrate "Pieter Bruegel's Trip," a children's book about a trip the 16th-century Flemish artist took. Shafer also paints sequential art, which is similar to a comic strip in that it includes several frames in a single picture and relates a story. His work has been displayed in various national and regional exhibitions.
"I know that Max Schoenfeld was much admired by some of the toughest students I have had," Shafer said. "If I can get an award like this, then, wow, I feel as if I've made something of myself. I'm very moved that I would get something with his name attached to it. It's a pretty powerful award."
The award money is to be used by the recipient for any form of professional development. Shafer said he will use it to improve his teaching and to further his art career.
He may take part in a painting marathon similar to the drawing marathon in which he participated this summer. For 10 days, artists from around the world drew from 9 a.m. to midnight at the New York Studio School. Shafer said the experience improved his art work.
Shafer also is interested in traveling. "I'm working on a famous animals book," he said, "so I probably will go to England to do direct research and to paint."
The professorship was created in honor of Schoenfeld, a UW-Eau Claire history professor and scholar from 1964 until his death in 1996. Schoenfeld also was the author of numerous books and articles about Winston Churchill and World War II.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 22, 2000