Lawrence Rathsack

Year inducted: 2013
1920-2008

Laurence Rathsack grew up in Milwaukee and spent his life in the metropolitan area.  .  He studied under Alfred Pelikan while in high school.  One of Rathsack’s block prints, River Bridge, can be seen in the book, Milwaukee Senior High School Block Prints.  His art mentors at college were Robert von Neumann and Howard Thomas.  When commenting on his amazing UW teaching career from 1956 to 1988, Rathsack called himself “a string, a conduit, from the mid 30’s to the present.  I came from a poor background and felt comfortable at UWM, an urban institution that is not one of those prestigious universities that calls to students of wealth.”  Rathsack’s vigorous and precise pedagogy, along with his generous and ongoing mentorship towards many students, led to a scholarship honoring him.  Known for his thoughtful and penetrating visual explorations, he affirmed, “I am a painter working in watercolor.”  Rathsack was at different points in his career president of the WI Painters and Sculptors (1960-1961) and WI Watercolor Society.

Works by Lawrence Rathsack