James Auer

Year inducted: 2005
1928-2004

A man with broad interests and abilities that encompassed all of the arts, James was skilled in careful observation, astute reporting and commentary in many fields. A multi-talented individual, he was able to see broad themes and important details on the world scene, and especially within his regional community which he never neglected or slighted. While he was a contributor to many publications in his lifetime, his main audience was the Wisconsin region that he reached through the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel newspaper, where he served as art editor and critic starting in 1972. He arrived there after many years of employment with publications in the Fox River Valley area. Jim was a skilled photographer and videographer, creating films about national and regional figures ranging from Aaron Bohrod to Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt. His still images document nationally acclaimed artists as well as subjects closer to his Wisconsin roots. Always willing to engage artists and citizens in thoughtful conversation about many topics that he seemed to know intimately, he has often been called one of those “men for all seasons.”

Works by James Auer