The Faculty History Project documents faculty members who have been associated with the University of Michigan since 1837, and the history of the University's schools and colleges. This project is part of a larger effort to prepare resources for the University's bicentennial in 2017. Find out more.

The Bentley Historical Library serves as the official archives for the University.

Memoir

Emil Weddige
Regent's Proceedings 1013

Emil Weddige, Professor of Art, is retiring from the University following a
most productive and rewarding career as a teacher and artist of extraordinary
capacity.

Born in Ontario, Canada, he earned his B.S. degree at Eastern Michigan
University in 1934. He received a M.Des. degree at The University of
Michigan in 1938. He also studied at the Art Student's League and Detroit
Art Academy and was a private student of Emil Ganso from 1938-40.

He held teaching positions at high schools in Dearborn from 1926-27 and
again from 1934-36. He served briefly as an instructor at Michigan State
Normal College (Eastern Michigan University) in 1937. In 1937 he was
appointed an instructor in design at the University and continued in that
position until promoted to Assistant Professor in 1943. In 1950 he was
named Associate Professor and was elevated to full Professor in 1957.

Professor Weddige is universally regarded as one of the country's foremost
artist-lithographers. His work has won numerous awards and is represented
in many of the most distinguished public and private collections. He has
exhibited extensively in the United States and in other countries as well.
He has been an excellent teacher throughout his tenure being acclaimed in
evaluations by his students. He has devoted countless hours to counseling
students each aspiring to the same high achievements that their mentor
represents. He has been a most energetic exponent of printmaking as an art
form and his colleagues attest to his own excellence in that medium. He has
executed many major commissions including a twelve print, 300 set work
commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the University.

The Regents extend their warm greetings and congratulations to this eminent
artist and express their appreciation to him as they name him Professor
Emeritus of Art.