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John Arthur Hachmeister

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of the Arts - Visual Art
Associate Professor Emeritus
Primary office:
Chalmers Hall
Room 103B
University of Kansas
1467 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-3102
Second office:
Chalmers Hall


John Hachmeister received his BFA in painting in 1972 from the University of Kansas and his MA and MFA in 1974 and 1985 from Kansas State University. He has been a professional artist for 26 years. His work has been shown in over 100 venues nationwide, including the Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, Mo.; the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Mont.; Galeria Mesa in Mesa, Ariz.; and the Salina Art Center in Salina, Kan. He has presented numerous lectures on his own work and on grassroots environmental art sites.

John co-authored a book, "Backyard Visionaries, Grassroots Art in the Mid-West," and has worked for over a decade to preserve "The Garden of Eden" in Lucas, Kansas, an art site considered one of the top ten most important in the world. He has served on panels at both the College Art Association and the International Iron Art Casting Conferences. He has conducted workshops in metal casting and patination, and has designed and operated both commercial and academic foundries.

Teaching Interests

  • Metal casting
  • Foundry
  • Public art
  • Anatomy for artists
  • Glass casting
  • Sculpture
  • Drawing
  • Art car
  • Art

Research Interests

  • Grassroots art
  • Placemaking
  • Public art
  • Cast metal performance

Selected Publications

Hachmeister, J. (2013). SURFACEchina 40 Years of Making Art.

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