Andrew Mueller was born in Germantown, Wisconsin in 1900. His teenage years were spent working as a farm laborer on his grandfather’s original farm. At the age of 18, he began to photograph his surroundings after buying a small box camera at the age of eighteen. By the age of twenty-one, Mueller could save up $1,000 to attend the Layton School of Art. To support himself while studying, he hand painted glass lamp shades and worked in cabinet shop.
Mueller’s artistic career began in 1928 when he took a job as an artist at the trade journal, Hoard’s Dairyman in Fort Atkinson. He worked there for ten years creating pen and ink illustrations and taking photographs of dairy cows. In 1938, Mueller began working at Badger Printing of Appleton and quickly switched jobs to take a commercial art position at Appleton Post Crescent. When WWII came about, Mueller became the Post’s photographer and later led the Art and Photography Department. He remained at the Post until 1966, when he retired. While working at the Post, Mueller freelanced, taking images of farm animals, families, and nature. He continued to photograph until his death in 1984.
Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) Archives: http://www.wisconsinart.org/archives/artist/andrew-john-mueller/profile-5406.aspx