Born and raised in Chicago’s inner city, Tom Torluemke advocates for the educational role of the arts in strengthening the social and civic bonds between people and their communities. Through numerous public art projects, he has successfully employed the visual arts as a means to catalyze life-affirming skills in diverse groups of people, allowing them to realize their unique potential to improve society. At the heart of Torluemke’s work is a yearning to understand and improve the human condition while coming to a greater understanding of humanity’s true place in the universe. Torluemke works prolifically in a variety of media, including mural painting, stage design, mosaics, oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, and sculpture. His works have been exhibited throughout the United States in over 100 solo and group exhibitions and he has completed over 20 major public art commissions including works at the Indianapolis International Airport and Purdue University Calumet, Hammond.