The Gruenke Foundation for the Arts
Conrad Schmitt Studios began 2015 with an effort to engage with local communities. Through its partnership with the Gruenke Foundation for the Arts, CSS reached out to religious and educational organizations to deliver presentations on stained glass design, creation, and conservation, as well as decorative painting and restoration for churches and other historic architecture.
The Gruenke Foundation for the Arts was established in 1991 to nurture artists, just as Bernard O. Gruenke was supported by Marie Kohler in his artistic ambitions so many decades ago. The mission of the foundation is "the betterment of the community through the promotion of art." The GFA is active in the community in a number of ways. Funds raised through charitable events or donations benefit art school scholarships, community theater foundations, and the conservation of historic artwork in the care of the foundation.
Gruenke Foundation for the Arts founder, Bernard O. Gruenke Senior
The most recent series of presentations included young artists and parish communities interested in the history of ecclesiastical art. This includes the students of stained glass at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, WI, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in West Allis, WI.
CSS looks forward to advancing the goals of the GFA throughout the community by exposing the public to the long tradition of liturgical decorating and inspiring the next generation of artists and craftsmen.