Tom Loeser (Madison, Wisconsin) served as Chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Art from 2009 – 2014 and has been head of the wood/furniture area at UW-Madison since 1991.
Loeser designs and builds one-of-a-kind functional and dysfunctional objects that are often carved and painted and always draw inspiration from the history of design and object making.
In addition to producing studio furniture, Loeser has also worked on a number of public commissions and site-specific installations including for the Madison Children’s Museum and the new downtown public library in Madison, Wisconsin.
Loeser’s work has been featured in many national and international exhibitions and can be found in important museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Racine Art Museum, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, among others. His solo exhibition Please Please Please is currently traveling to three venues in California and Texas. He was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 2012.