Art Statement and Bio


Birgit Zipser’s evocative paintings capture the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, reflecting her intimate connection with its landscapes. Through sketches and photographs, she explores its topology while delving into the interplay of light, shadow, and wildlife, translating her experiences into oil paintings.

Last year, Birgit’s painting titled “Dancing in the Sky” won first prize for 2-D art at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, MI. Her artwork has also been featured in juried exhibitions at other Michigan art centers such as the Dennos Museum in Traverse City and the Glen Arbor Art Association. Additionally, her work was exhibited in New York City at the Spring Studio.

Birgit honed her drawing skills at the Spring Studio, and her proficiency in oil painting is the result of studying the works of masters in museums and galleries across the US and Europe. Birgit’s work has been showcased in two publications: ‘The Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes,’ page 44 (Leelanau Press, 2013), and ‘The Artists’ Round Table,’ page 108 (Mitchell Graphics, Petoskey, MI, 2016)

Science: B.S. from Columbia University, NYC; Ph.D. in the Neurosciences from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYC; founding director of James Watson’s Neuroscience program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, NY; sabbatical with Candace Pert at NIH, MD; Mathilde Solowey Award in the Neurosciences, NIH; Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University, MI.

Born: in Germany as Birgit Ostermann; professionally known as Birgit Zipser.

Where: Living in Empire township, MI.