German-born artist Emil Ganso (1895-1941) was apprenticed to a local baker when he was fired and began pursuing work as an artist. He enrolled in the National Academy's School of Fine Arts in 1914. His work impressed Erhard Weyhe, who bought Ganso's entire portfolio for his gallery. He showed his work at the Weyhe Gallery from 1925 to 193He spent summers at the Woodstock artist's colony, where he taught classes in printing. From 1935 to 1937, Ganso was part of the Federal Arts Project in New York, and in 1938 was awarded the Pennell Memorial Medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.Ganso began teaching at Lawrence College in 1940. His career at Lawrence College in Wisconsin was cut short by his death.