Biographies

 

 

Conrad Schmitt Studios actively seeks out the most highly skilled artisans and craftspeople from the United States and abroad. Many have been trained in the centuries-old traditions of stained glass, decorative painting, sculpture, and mosaic. Teams of decorative artists work on projects across the country, under the direction of experienced foremen. The staff at the New Berlin, Wisconsin Studio works on a wide variety of art and glass projects, including those that have been carefully transported from locations near and far. Conrad Schmitt Studios' management philosophy focuses on the team concept. All of the departments work together to create the best art possible.

Under the direction of the Gruenke family, the Studio has grown to be one of the largest conservation/restoration companies in the United States.

 

Senior BOG

 

 

 

 

  BERNARD O. GRUENKE

  PRESIDENT EMERITUS

  1913 - 2012

 

EDUCATION

Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C.

Apprenticed under Artist, Caesar Riccardi

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Named Fellow of the Stained Glass Association of America in 1972

Recognized with a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from Mount Mary College in Wauwatosa, WI in 1980

Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by the Stained Glass Association of America in 1996

SELECT PROJECT EXPERIENCE

St. Ignatius Loyola, San Francisco, CA

St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Franklin Park, IL

University of Notre Dame - Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, IN

SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church, Detroit, MI

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Morris, MN

St. Mary Greek Ruthenian, New York, NY

St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Brookfield, WI

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Milwaukee, WI

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Milwaukee, WI

St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Sheboygan, WI

St. Patrick Cathedral, El Paso, TX

Franciscan Monastery, Washington, D.C.

 

 

Bernard E. Gruenke

 

 

 

 

 

  BERNARD E. GRUENKE

  CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

 

EDUCATION

Marquette University

Stained Glass Association of America Apprenticeship

Journeyed under Mosaicist, Professor Peter Recker

Journeyed under Ceramist/Potter, Abraham Cohen, Sr.

Journeyed under Master Blacksmith/Metallurgist, Arnold Hedler

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

National Trust for Historic Preservation

League of Historic American Theatres

Life Member of the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Museum

Historic Hawaii Foundation

Society of Architectural Historians

PATENTS

Leptat® Glass, U.S. Patent #3769113:  Method of etched glass invented by Bernard E. Gruenke

SELECT PROJECT EXPERIENCE

Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

Geary Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, Sarasota, FL

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah, GA

Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu, HI

Paramount Theatre, Aurora, IL

Egyptian Theatre, DeKalb, IL

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, South Bend, IN

The Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville, KY

The Cathedral of St. Louis, New Orleans, LA

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, NY

St. Patrick's Church, New Orleans, LA

Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Boston, MA

Union Station, St. Louis, MO

Tivoli Theatre, Chattanooga, TN

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Memphis, TN

Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN

Majestic Theatre, Dallas, TX

King's Ranch, Kingsville, TX

St. Mary's Church, Victoria, TX

Basilica of St. Josaphat, Milwaukee, WI

Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI

School Sisters of St. Francis, St. Joseph's Convent, Milwaukee, WI

White House Visitor Center, Washington D.C.

 

 

B. Gunar Gruenke

 

 

 

 

 

  BERNARD GUNAR GRUENKE

  PRESIDENT

 

 

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin Whitewater - Bachelor of Business Administration

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Current Director of the APT Western Great Lakes Chapter

Past Board Member of APT International

Past President of the Stained Glass Association of America

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Wisconsin

American Institute of Conservation (AIC)

Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space (ACLS)

British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP)

Guild of Master Craftsmen

CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSES

Licensed Wisconsin Real Estate Broker

Certified National Lead Abatement Supervisor and Contractor

SELECT PROJECT EXPERIENCE

Quad F Theatre, Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, HI

Paramount Theatre, Anderson, IN

French Lick Springs Hotel, French Lick, IN

St. Mary Cathedral, Lafayette, IN

West Baden Springs Hotel, West Baden, IN

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Kaplan, LA    

Union Passenger Terminal, New Orleans, LA

Gillioz Theatre, Springfield, MO

St. Mary's Basilica, Natchez, MS

Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, New York, NY

Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH

Ottawa County Courthouse, Port Clinton, OH

Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

St. Joseph Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD

St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Knoxville, TN

St. James Catholic Church, Vancouver, WA

 

 

Heidi Gruenke Emery

 

 

 

 

 

  HEIDI GRUENKE EMERY

  VICE PRESIDENT

 

 

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin Whitewater - Bachelor of Business Administration

Mount Mary College, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - Continued Art Education

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

League of Historic American Theatres Presentation

Restoration/Renovation Presentation

Wisconsin Society of Architectural Historians Presentation

National Catholic Cemetery Magazine - "Stained Glass Restoration"

Wisconsin Architect Magazine - "U.S. Courthouse, Federal Building Restoration"

In League - "Returning the Grandeur to the Historic American Theatre"

SELECT PROJECT EXPERIENCE

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Springfield, IL

University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, IN

Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville, KY

Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Boston, MA

Holy Rosary Chapel, Adrian, MI

St. Joseph Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD

Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, Madison, WI

Basilica of St. Josaphat, Milwaukee, WI

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, WI

City Hall, Milwaukee, WI

Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee, WI

Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI

United States Federal Building & Courthouse, Milwaukee, WI

Sheboygan Theatre, Sheboygan, WI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICK STATZ

NATIONAL PROJECT DIRECTOR

 

AWARDS

Painting and Decorating Contractors of America

      "Picture it Painted Professionally" Awards:

      -Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church - Indianapolis, IN

      -St. James Catholic Church - Louisville, KY

      -Basilica of Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians - Hubertus, WI


SELECT PROJECT EXPERIENCE

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church - Indianapolis, IN

Palais Royale Ballroom - South Bend, IN

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption - Covington, KY

St. James Catholic Church - Louisville, KY

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church - Abbeville, LA

Manresa House of Retreats, Sacred Heart Chapel - Convent, LA

Carmelite Monastery - Covington, LA

Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church - Grand Isle, LA

Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales - Houma, LA

St. Alphonsus Catholic Church - New Orleans, LA

St. Mary's Catholic Church - New Orleans, LA

St. Joseph Co-Cathedral ~ Thibodaux, LA

Basilica of St. Mary - Natchez, MS

Lensic Performing Arts Center - Santa Fe, NM

Basilica of Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary,

Help of Christians - Hubertus, WI

 

 KEVIN GRABOWSKI

 PROJECT DIRECTOR

 

SELECT PROJECT EXPERIENCE

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church - Costa Mesa, CA

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church - Petaluma, CA

Holy Family Catholic Church - Columbus, GA

Old St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Chicago, IL

University of Chicago, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel - Chicago, IL

Levere Memorial Temple - Evanston, IL

St. Mary's Catholic Church - Gilberts, IL

St. Thomas the Apostle - Peoria Heights, IL

St. Joseph Catholic Church - Damar, KS

Church of the Annunciation - Baltimore, MD

First United Methodist Church - London, OH

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church - Aledo, TX

St. Mary Catholic Church - Amarillo, TX

Julie Rogers Theatre - Beaumont, TX

St. Anne Catholic Church - Sherman, TX

Gonzaga Preparatory School - Spokane, WA

St. Hedwig Catholic Church - Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin, Merrill Hall - Milwaukee, WI

Holy Trinity Church - Newburg, WI

St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church - Wisconsin Rapids, WI

 

HOWARD   HAAS

PROJECT DIRECTOR

 

Select Project Experience

Holy Trinity Catholic Church - Westminster, CO

Cedar Rapids Courthouse - Cedar Rapids, IA

Oriental Theatre - Chicago, IL

St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Shrine - Chicago, IL

Egyptian Theatre - Dekalb, IL

French Lick Springs Resort - French Lick, IN

University of St. Francis, Bass Mansion - Fort Wayne, IN

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral - Vincennes, IN

University of Michigan, Ross School of Business - Ann Arbor, MI

St. John Catholic Church - Fenton, MI

Holy Cross Catholic Church - Minneapolis, MN

Stillwater Public Library - Stillwater, MN    

Howard Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse - Cleveland, OH

St. James Catholic Church - Vancouver, WA

Mabel Tainter Theatre - Menomonie, WI

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary - Mequon, WI

Milwaukee County Courthouse - Milwaukee, WI

Nashotah House - Nashotah, WI

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church - Waukesha, WI

 

Eileen Grogan

EILEEN GROGAN

HISTORIC PRESERVATION SPECIALIST
 
Education

DePaul University - Bachelor of Arts in Painting

Clemson University/College of Charleston - Master of Science in Historic Preservation
 
Professional Activities
Executive Board member:  Western Great Lakes Chapter, APT international

Member: Preservation Trades Network

Published:  Stained Glass in the Holy City:  A Catalog of Ecclesiastical Stained Glass in Charleston, South Carolina

Select Project Experience

Fife Opera House - Palestine, IL

Sacred Heart Church - Omaha, NE

St. Mary's Hospital - Madison, WI

Indiana Landmarks Center - Indianapolis, IN

St. Norbert's Church - Roxbury, WI

University of Wisconsin Memorial Union - Madison, WI

Milwaukee Public Library - Milwaukee, WI

St. Elizabeth Hospital - Washington, DC

University of Minnesota Northrop Auditorium - Minneapolis, MN

Paramount Theater - Cedar Rapids, IA

Turner Hall - New Ulm, MN

Grant County Courthouse - Elbow Lake, MN

Outagamie County Courthouse - Appleton, WI