In 1991, Lili Wildenhain gave 21 ceramic works by Frans Wildenhain, her late husband, to the Luther College Fine Arts Collection. In addition, she helped in the selection of Wildenhain's watercolors and drawings that came to Luther as the Edith Huset Talle Collection.
Elisabeth (Lili) Brockardt was a weaver and textile artist. She was born in
Czechoslovakia in 1919 and studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna (1942‐45)
and the Academy der Kunste in Munich (1957‐58). In 1970, she received an MFA
from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She directed several
workshops for children in the Midwest and in western New York; served as a textile
instructor at the Memorial Art Gallery and a part‐time instructor at Nazareth
College, both in Rochester, New York; and instructed summer sessions at the Naples
Craft School and 1000 Islands Crafts School, also in New York.
Her work was included in several exhibitions and gallery shows, including the
Brussels World’s Fair in 1958, where she received the Etoile D’Or Award. Other
prizes include a Huntington Hartford Foundation Grant, First Prize from the Church
Architectural Guild of America, First Prize from the Kansas Designer Craftsmen
Show, and an Artist in Residence Grant from the State of New York, Lewiston.
Collections that contain her work include the Bavarian Broadcasting Company
(Munich, Germany); Carnegie Library, University of Kansas (Lawrence); Schoenberg
Hall Theater, U.C.L.A. (Los Angeles); and several churches and synagogues in both
Europe and the United States.
Lili had an intense interest in yoga, Zen and enjoyed hiking and the outdoors. Lili
Wildenhain died in Rochester, NY, on January 9, 2004.