George Mauersberger completed the foundations program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 1974. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA in 1978, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Ohio University, Athens in 1983. He worked as a Professor of Drawing at Cleveland State University from 1987-2019, while also serving eight years as Art Department Chair. He was named Professor Emeritus in 2019.
After beginning his career as an illustrator with clients including Ketchum, Inc., Industry Week, and The Plain Dealer, Mauersberger began exhibiting drawings and works on paper in 1983. He won the top award for works on paper in the 1986 May Show at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 1999, Mauersberger was selected to receive an Individual Artist Fellowship by the Ohio Arts Council. He has won awards in a variety of national exhibitions, including the Best in Show Award in the 2006 Rockford National at the Rockford Art Museum (IL) and the Best Drawing Award at the 2006 National Prize Exhibition in Cambridge, MA. Most recently in 2014, he won the Dianne P. Bernhard Award for Drawing in the 78th Annual Butler Mid-Year Exhibition in Youngstown, OH. His work is included in the collections of CWRU University Hospitals, Progressive Corporation, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, BP America, Kaiser-Permanente, Deloitte, and others. He has created commissioned work for organizations including Key Corp, Behnke Associates, the Cleveland Indians, and Calfee Halter.
In 2006, he co-curated and participated in “On the Wall,” at the Cleveland State University Art Gallery. This exhibition featured seven artists working directly on the wall, including Sol Lewitt, and William Kentridge. In 2011 Mauersberger was awarded a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship, supported by Cuyahoga County Arts And Culture, Cleveland, OH.
Mauersberger’s most recent solo exhibitions were in 2017 at the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, OH and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH.