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Tim G. Abler

Chair - Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty - Art




(414) 410-4107


CFA Communication Fine Arts 110


Box 100


Timothy Abler is a full-time faculty member in the College of Undergraduate Studies Art Department and has been teaching at Stritch since 1981. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Milwaukee Institute of Art Design and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago. Tim is currently the chair of the Visual Art Department where he teaches courses in photography and filmmaking that focus on social documentary themes. Photographing for over four decades, Tim's work continues to reflect his observations of life within various communities and their environments. These include, Children and Education, Portraits of Wisconsin Labor, Images and Icons from Oaxaca, Mexico, Religious Life in a Wisconsin Monastery and Images of Urban Environments and Landscape.


  • B.F.A., Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • M.F.A., Columbia College Chicago


Photography and Filmmaking; Arts Integration and Exhibition Design; Media and Digital Storytelling.

Publications & Presentations

A partial list of Juried and Group Exhibitions.

2008 - James Watrous Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin. Photographs of Wisconsin Labor: A Contemporary Portrait.

2010 - Wriston Art Center, Lawrence University Appleton, Wisconsin. Photographs of Wisconsin Labor: A Contemporary Portrait.

2010 - John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Eight Counties Juried Art Exhibit.

2011 - Northwest Mutual Gallery, Cardinal Stritch University. Photographs of Wisconsin Labor: A Contemporary Portrait.

2012 - Photography Midwest: A Seven State Juried Exhibition. Wisconsin Memorial Union Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison 

2014 - The Delafield Art Center, Delafield Wisconsin. Group Exhibition, Portraits.  

2016 - RAM’s Wustum Museum, Wisconsin Photography. 

2016 – Feb 2017 - Charles Allis Art Museum, FORWARD: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now.

2017 – Sabrosa CafĂ© and Gallery, One Person Exhibit. Monastery Series and recent works from Oaxaca, Mexico.

2020 – NO Studios Gallery, Milwaukee, CoPA 12th Annual Juried Exhibition: Beauty.

Why Stritch?

"I am approaching an interesting crossroad within my personal artistic practice as a photographer and educator. As I reflect on future opportunities here at Stritch, I am keenly aware that my aesthetic roots are firmly planted within 20th century patterns of artistic and social documentary photography. As a photographer, this viewpoint continues to guide my vision and belief that truthful images can illuminate the unique relationships within communities of people and individuals. I strive to communicate this idea to my students and challenge them to become honest, compassionate observers of the world in front of them. This is why I am here at Stritch. "

- Tim G. Abler