Dani Schafer


Dani Schafer is an abstract painter based in northern Wisconsin. She received her BA in studio art from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and has continued her studies at Massachusetts College of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, California College of Art and UW - Madison.

Her work involves layered color fields and gestural brushwork with a focus on process and movement. Her work has recently been shown in Los Angeles, Madison, St. Louis, Chicago and throughout Wisconsin. 

She lives and works in Antigo, Wisconsin, with her husband, sound artist and composer, Troy Schafer, their son, August and their three black cats, Teto, Howl and Swiffer.


My work is gestural and abstract, with negative space grazing the edges of each work to allow the eye to travel. The shapes of the brush strokes are fluid and lyrical, creating the sensation of expansive, deep spaces, through fields of layered color.

I am interested in how we see color and light - how it reaches our eyes and how the brain interprets it. With this in mind, I draw on my own vision and spend time in nature, taking in my surroundings and pulling colors and forms from my environment.




BA, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, Studio Art, Sculpture concentration (installation emphasis)


University of Wisconsin- Madison, WI, Glassworking


Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, UK, Soft Sculpture


Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, undergraduate coursework


California College of Art, Oakland, CA, Continuing Studies – Watercolor



Presidential Merit Scholarship, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

Bradley Foundation Award

Wisconsin Public Service Award


Henry Meritt-Wriston Award, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI


Steinhoff, Jessica, “Now Hanging: Into the Woods,” A.V. Club (avclub.com), 11 June 2009.

Karner, Paul, “Lawrence Artists featured in Mudd Gallery,” The Lawrentian, 21 October 2005.

Zambon, Cristina, “Mudd Gallery to explore ‘Past and Present,’” The Lawrentian, 6 May 2005.

Karner, Paul, “Artist Spotlight: Danielle Dahlke,” The Lawrentian, 29 April 2005.


2017-18  Annual All Women's Show, The Living Room Gallery, Water Valley, MS

2017  30th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI

2017  Thaw, Create Portage County, WI

2016  *Assembly, featured solo artist, Stevens Point, WI

2015-16  Go Ask Alice, Mudd Gallery, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

2015  AVA Winter Show, Langlade County Historical Museum, Antigo, WI

2014 27th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI  

2014  3rd Biennial Fiber Options: Material Explorations, Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

2014  Summer Regional Exhibition, St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis, MO

2014  Abstract Art, Studio 659, Whiting, IN

2014  *Dani Schafer: Paintings, Good Style Shop, Madison, WI

2013  Wave Forms, LeRoy Neiman Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2010  Astral|Visceral, The Project Lodge, Madison, WI

2009  *Photographs, Good Style Shop, Madison, WI

2008   Intersection/Introspection, Mi Elements, Chicago, IL

2006   The Fluid Self, Wriston Art Center, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

2005 Past & Present Particles, Mudd Gallery, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

2005  *Mudd Gallery, Untitled Installation (Yellow Forms), Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

2004  *Oranges, Mudd Gallery, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

*Solo Exhibition


2005  *Cheetah, Main Hall Green, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

2004  *Letters, Courtyard of Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA


2014  Action for String Quartet, by Troy Schafer, Columbus Auditorium, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


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