Walter Zurko

Walt Zurko

Eugene and Charlene Derge Sussel Endowed Professor in Art and Art History

Office: Ebert 119
Phone: 330-263-2423

Walter Zurko received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1981 and began teaching at Wooster that same year. He teaches sculpture, ceramics, and drawing. Walter is a sculptor who works primarily with wood as well with other materials such plaster, wax, and cardboard. Consistent throughout his work has been an interest in the vernacular of tools and implements, specifically those related to agriculture, and the implications of utility and making. He is the recipient of five Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards. Artist residencies in which he has participated include the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont in 2011 and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado in 2008.


  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 1977
  • M.F.A., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 1981

Courses Taught

  • ARTS 151: Introduction to Drawing
  • ARTS 161: Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design
  • ARTS 163: Introduction to Sculpture
  • ARTS 165: Introduction to Ceramics
  • ARTS 263/363: Intermediate/Advanced Sculpture
  • ARTS 265/365: Intermediate/Advanced Ceramic
  • ARTS 401: Junior Independent Study Seminar
  • ARTS 451/452: Senior Independent Study
  • IDPT 101: First Year Seminar