LaVerne Erickson Krause

American 1924 - 1987


LaVerne Krause (1924-1987) was a member of the faculty of the University of Oregon Department of Fine and Applied Arts from 1966 to 1986. The department is now called the Department of Art.  Krause has been recognized for her outstanding contributions as an educator, studio artist, and arts activist.  As a teacher, she developed an excellent printmaking program at the UO, along with colleague Ken Paul, that has attracted students from throughout the world. Krause received her bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Oregon in 1946 and studied with Jack Wilkinson.

Krause had a pronounced influence upon a great many people, organizations, and institutions on local, regional, and national levels. She served as national president of the then-new Artists Equity organization and was a staunch advocate of younger, nascent artists, many of whom had been her students. The Smithsonian Institution included her in its “Archives of American Art”. She was honored as a recipient of the 1980 Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and service to the arts in Oregon and as a recipient of the University of Oregon Distinguished Service Award. Her works are included in important private and public collections and her numerous awards, exhibitions, and contributions make her one of the most honored of the Pacific Northwest artists.

Source: University of Oregon