Michael Krueger and Howard Finster

Ever wonder what artwork artists live with? This series offers a glimpse into the homes of artists. From there we have a conversation about a work of art they have in their home. Tune in and gather some insights into what living with art can do.


Michael Krueger 

Grounded firmly in drawing, Michael Krueger works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, animation, and ceramics. Krueger’s artwork reflects a deep interest in American history, contemporary American culture, art history, the human experience, and personal memoir. Recent solo exhibitions include The Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA, Sunday L.E.S., New York, NY, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO and the Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS. Important group exhibitions include The Drawing Center, New York, NY, The Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and Adam Baumgold, New York, NY. Michael Krueger is a Professor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, a Love Librarian, an Honorary Resident Dropper, and a Tamarind Artist.

Howard Finster (1916-2001) Howard Finster was a famous preacher and artist. Finster had two visions in his lifetime that inspired him to become an artist. As a child, Finster saw his dead sister appear in white robe walking down from heaven. Finster was certain that God was telling him to one day become a visionary artist. During his teen years, Finster spent his days preaching the gospel in many churches. He worked in mills before doing carpentry and repair work on lawn mowers and bicycles. In the 1970s, Finster experienced his second vision. He was repairing a bicycle and he used his finger to dab some paint on the metal. When he looked at his fingertip, he saw a human face. To Finster, this was the second message from God commanding him to make sacred art. In the last twenty-five years of his life until his death, Finster created Paradise Garden at his home in Summerville, Georgia. Paradise Garden, which Finster said was commissioned from God, was a lush, modern day version of the Garden of Eden, a rendering of his visionary world. The highlight of the garden is the five-story, sixteen-sided structure he calls the World’s Folk Art Church. Finster created and signed more than 50,000 pieces of original art. All of his works were part of a crusade to save the world before it was too late. He appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and his artwork was used to decorate album covers of such popular rock groups as R.E.M. and The Talking Heads. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution and many other museums and private collections around the world.