Andrea Herkert graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in Art and Art History. After a career in free-lance watercolor illustration and calligraphy, she began rosemaling in 2006 and never looked back, earning her Vesterheim Gold Medal in 2013. Andrea has been teaching rosemaling since 2010, both privately and in seminars throughout the United States. Through grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board she is currently mentoring her fifth apprenticeship. In June of 2018, Andrea spent time in Norway in intense study of the traditions of rosemaling: the history, techniques and culture from which it grew. This eye-opening individual study was supported through a Fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation. Andrea and her husband, Jim, live in the country outside of Madison, Wisconsin, enjoying the beauty and inspiration of nature.
Learn more: Watch this video, Collection Connections: Rosemaling where rosemaling instructor Andrea Herkert highlights two trunks from the Vesterheim collection – one by Thomas Luraas and one by Hans Glittenberg – to inspire your painting practice.