Andrea Herkert graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in art and art history. She began rosemaling in 2006 and received her Vesterheim Gold Medal in 2013. After receiving a Folk Art Grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board to study with rosemaler Nancy Schmidt in 2010, she has gone on to mentor several students and is currently working with her fourth apprentice. She travels throughout the United States to teach rosemaling, as well as teaching one-on-one in her home studio. Most recently she was awarded a fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation, which will support a month-long study of rosemaling culture and techniques in Norway in June of 2018. She is anxious to share her experiences there with her students! Andrea and her husband Jim live in their country home outside of Madison, Wisconsin, where they enjoy gardening, raising bees, and long walks in the nature that surrounds them.