Carol Brauer Schmidt


bea8cbc0-7b7e-4705-9dfb-b431413792bbCarol Brauer Schmidt – oil pastel and mixed media

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Carol Brauer Schmidt’s oil pastel/resist paintings are a reflection of her joyful outlook on life. She builds layer upon layer of oil pastel with a watercolor resist for unity. Her sketchbooks are as much filled with words as with drawings. Quotes or phrases… in a song, poem or conversation often inspire her work. Observation of people and their body language also play a part in the mood she tries to achieve.


“My artwork emerges from the child in me who loves color and the feel of making marks on paper. Shapes motivate me, and my enjoyment comes from exaggerating and simplifying these shapes in color, form and texture…sometimes with a bit of whimsy.”

Carol graduated from Valparaiso University, Indiana, with a degree in Art Education. She also studied at Oxbow/Art Institute of Chicago and Grand Valley State University Art Program, Aix en Provence, France. In Michigan, her work is presented at Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven; Synchronicity Gallery, Glen Arbor; Artist’s Alliance and Great Lakes Pastel Society.

Carol Lives in Spring Lake, Michigan, with her husband, Harry. They have three married children and ten grandchildren, who give her plenty of reference for her work.



  • 2008 For the Beauty of the Earth, Artist’s Alliance group show, Atrium Gallery, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • 2007 Evoking the Mystery, Artist’s Alliance group show, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven
  • 2006 Vanishing Landscapes Artist’s Alliance group show, BBAC, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • 2006 Images of Europe, Three Person Show, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • 2004 Bonjour…Adios, Two Person Show, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • 2004 Vanishing Landscapes, Artists Alliance Theme Show, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • 2003 Great Lakes Pastel Society, Juried Competition, Midland, Michigan
  • 2003 Four Pastelists Only, Gallery Uptown, Four Person Show, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • 2002 911 Reflect & Respond, Battle Creek Art Center, Juried Competition, Battle Creek, Michigan
  • 2002, 2003, 2006 Regional, Muskegon Museum of Art, Juried Competition, Muskegon, Michigan
  • 2002 Festival of the Arts Juried Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 2001 Crooked Tree Art Center, Juried Competition, Petoskey, Michigan
  • 2001 Van Singel Center, Group Show, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 2001 “Color Play”, Off the Wall Gallery, Two Person Show, Muskegon, Michigan
  • 2000 “Travels”, Gallery Upstairs, Two Person Show, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • 1998-2001, 2005 Celebration Annual Juried Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1988-2008 Lakeland Artists Shows, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • 1998-2007 Winterfest Juried Competitions, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • 1997 Hoeksema Gallery Invitational Show, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • 1997 Women’s Issues Juried Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1995 Bettye Clarke Cannon Gallery, Two Person Summer, Show, Muskegon, Michigan
  • Maude’s Gallery, Ludington, Michigan
  • Lakeland Artists, Grand Haven, Michigan


Art Teacher, St. John’s Lutheran School, Grand Haven, Michigan

Art Talks & Demonstrations


1997, 1991 Oxbow School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, Michigan

1992 Grand Valley State University Summer Arts Program, France

1968 Valparaiso University, BA, Art Education, Valparaiso, Indiana

COLLECTIONS (Corporate, Private, Public)

Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan

North Ottawa Community Hospital, Grand Haven, Michigan

Mercy General Health Partners, Muskegon, Michigan

Fifth Third Bank, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Brauer Productions, Traverse City, Michigan

Hampstead Interiors, Ann Arbor, Michigan

St. John’s Lutheran School, Grand Haven, Michigan

International Aid, Inc., Spring Lake, Michigan

Children’s Assessment Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan


2008, 2005, 2001, 1999 FUMC Celebration Award, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2005, 2000, 1998 Winterfest Award, Grand Haven, Michigan

1999-2008, 1992-1996 Lakeland Artists Awards, Grand Haven, Michigan

2003 Pastel Journal magazine, July/August issue featured oil pastel artist