Lois R. Gruberger

Lois R. Gruberger

Lois R. Gruberger

  • Yale at Norfolk, Yale University, scholarship, 1972
  • B.F.A., fine arts, The Cooper Union, 1973
  • M.F.A., fine arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1976
First year at SCAD:

"My inspiration for teaching is rooted in the design principles and elements. I strive to show students a path that makes learning an interesting and engaging process. The world, both natural and cerebral, motivates me. Everything is a possibility. I believe the human spirit is capable of great innovation."


Authored examinations and PowerPoints for 8th edition of Design Basics by Lauer/Pentak, 2011; represented for 10 years (1995-2005) by Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York City, New York; represented for 11 years by Elliot Smith Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri (closed); represented for 20+ years (1978-2002) by Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (closed); owner, The Watercolor Workshop, St. Louis, Missouri

Awards, recognition and honors

Ohio Arts Council, Percent for Art Purchase; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, Fellowship (not taken); Smithsonian Institution (3-year world traveling exhibition), "Works On Paper"; Ohio Arts Council Grant, State of Ohio; The Art Institute of Chicago, full tuition scholarship; Fulbright Scholar Program, Finalist; Yale University, Yale at Norfolk, full scholarship; The Cooper Union, full tuition scholarship


College Art Association; FATE

Publications and presentations


  • Mulvane Museum of Art, "Watermarks Invitational" catalogue, 1996; Daniel Smith Art Materials catalogue, "Featured Artist," 1995; American Artists Magazine, "Watercolor Artists," one of four featured artists, 1991; Ohio University Press, essay: "On the Evolution of the Family Photographic Album," Light Impressions, 1978
  • Collections (selected): American Airlines, Hallmark Corp., Savannah College of Art and Design, Blackwell, Sanders, Peper and Martin Law, Renaissance Hotels, The Brunswick Corp., Nokia, Midwest Bank, New Orleans Museum of Art, USAA Insurance, Widmar-Garnant & Associates, Growmark Inc., Northwestern Michigan Community College, Apeiron Workshops, Ohio University, St. Louis Community Colleges, numerous private collections

Previous Positions

Adjunct faculty, St. Louis Community College at Meramec and Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri; adjunct faculty, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; full-time faculty, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; owner/faculty, The Watercolor Workshop, St. Louis, Missouri; graphic designer, Ryan + Friends Animation Studios, St. Louis, Missouri; freelance illustrator, St. Louis, Missouri, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; intern, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • DSGN 100 Design I: Elements and Organization
  • DSGN 101 Color: Theory and Application
  • DRAW 100 Drawing I: Form and Space
  • DRAW 101 Drawing II: Composition and Media
  • DRAW 400 Non-Objective Drawing