(1885 Milwaukee, WI - 1980 Milwaukee, WI)
Elsa Ulbricht (born March 15, 1885 in Milwaukee) was an artist and an educator. She studied at the Milwaukee Normal School, receiving a degree in education before attending the Pratt Institute in New York, from which she graduated in 1911. During those years she was influenced by Wisconsin artists Alexander Mueller, George Raab, and Frederick Fursman. She attributed her lithographic skills to Robert von Neumann.
Ulbricht was a Director of the Milwaukee Art Institute. Her diverse skills for teaching clay modeling, weaving, basketry, mechanical drawing and bookbinding helped her organize and develop the WPA Handicraft Project. This project employed 9,000 unskilled women during the Depression.
In 1955, Ulbricht helped found and chaired the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her summers were spent at the Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting in Saugatuck, MI, where she served for many years as director of the s...