BORN: Milwaukee, WI on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1935
DIED: Arena, WI on Nov. 2, 2020
William Frederick Weege was born in Milwaukee in 1935 and grew up in Port Washington. Weege studied engineering, first at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and then at UW–Madison, where he later switched to city planning. While he mastered advanced photo printing through a job at a commercial printing firm, Weege became increasingly drawn towards drawing and painting. When he returned to UW–Madison to study printmaking and joined the MFA program, Weege was already in some ways more capable than those who would teach him.
Weege studied printmaking, collage and sculpture at the University of Wisconsin. In the late 60's massive demonstrations against the Vietnam War shook the UW–Madison campus. His posters hit the streets of San Francisco, and were so popular that people often stole them - as soon as he put them up. Soon they covered the walls of every young hipster's pad. His career pinnacled in 1970 and 1971 where his art was exhibited at the Worlds Fair in Japan and the 7th International Biennial Exhibition in 1970, the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in 1970 and at the Whitney Museum in 1971.
William Weege worked predominantly with silkscreen because of its immediacy and directness. He created the "print production" area to deal with the emerging photo-based technologies for pri