Donald Kruse


1225 Maxine Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Home: 260-744-5949


  • Calligraphy
  • Drawing
  • Etching
  • Illustration
  • Oils
  • Painting
  • Pastels
  • Pen & Ink
  • Pencil
  • Printmaking
  • Watercolor
  • Intaglio
  • Woodcuts


"In pre-industrial traditional societies, everything was made by hand, by craftsmen and women. In those times art was the means by which the mind of man flowered into consciousness. It provided the symbols and rituals through which man and his community made contact with the infinite reality as it is witnessed existing behind the process of history and nature. To make a book or a wagon, to spin and weave, these were humanizing experiences … often a religious or spiritual discipline. In those times an artist was not a special kind of person, every person was a special kind of artist. I believe that everyone, now more than ever, should learn to create with a special skill for those very same reasons." - Don Kruse


Professor Emeritus, IPFW: Fine Art Dept.

Ft. Wayne Art School 1952-55
Mexico City College 1955-56
Indiana U. 1956-56, B.S. Education
U.S. Air Force: Army Language School: Studied Russian Language:
Illustrator: Hq. Air force Intelligence 1957-58
Ball State U.: Graduate work 1959
Indiana U.: Graduate work 1960-62

Indiana State Teacher’s License: Art Education

Art Scholarships: Undergraduate Scholarship, Ft Wayne Art School, Mexico City College Graduate School Scholarship: I. U. Ed. Dept. Ball State Teacher's College: Graduate School Art Dept.

Created three internal departments at Fort Wayne Art School and IPFW:
1. Printmaking: Etching, lithography, woodcut, silk screen
2. Photography
3. Offset printing workshop

Taught at Fort Wayne Art School 1962-76: Printmaking, Commercial Art, Drawing, and Painting

Taught at IPFW Art Dept. 1976-98

Awarded Teacher of the Year 1975 and 1977

Art Exhibitions - Library of Congress Print Show (Two times) Indiana State Museum (Open competition of 550 Indiana artists, selected one of the top 30 artists and designated “State Treasure” by Governor Otis Bowen) 1976 and 1981
Over 60 One Man Shows, local, regional and national: Chicago, Wheaton,Detroit, Nasson college, Maine; I.U., Bloomington, IN; Kratona Institute, Ojia, Calif., Louisville, Richmond, etc.
Art work is owned by many private collections, University and Museums. Awarded dozens of awards and prizes

Served on Indiana Arts Commission 1980 -1983

Professional organizations: Theosophical Society in America: Advisor for Olcott Institute; Friends of Jung: Board of Directors; Tibetan Cultural Center, Bloomington, IN: Indiana Calligraphy Society; Art Link; Hoosier Salon

Lectures widely on Theosophy, Buddhism, Comparative Religion, Jungian and Trans-Personal Psychology