Professor Ann Zerger is a native Kansan, born and raised on the great plains of Kansas, although she has lived and worked throughout the United States. In 1988 Ms. Zerger and her husband returned to her Kansas family farm to raise two boys and to develop an architectural and sculpture studio: Prairie Works Design Studios.
Professor Zerger received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, in 2004. Prior to working as a full time sculptor she worked in the art of medicine as a licensed Physician Assistant for more than 15 years. Her time as an artist is currently balanced between teaching at McPherson College (Associate Professor of Art) and working as a professional artist and owner artist of Prairie Works Design Studios. In her personal art as a sculptor she works in a variety of medias with an emphasis in clay, stone, bronze and metal sculpture. Her work is in private and public collections throughout the country and has been exhibited in The Netherlands, New York City, California, Washington, D.C., Texas, New Mexico and multiple locations in Kansas.
Professor Zerger’s personal art explores a similar theme: the conflict and balancing act between the uniqueness of the individual to that of belonging to a group. Growing up Mennonite in Moundridge, Kansas she has always been intensely aware of the powerful voice of a group. She uses the human or horse figurative form to explore these issues.
Currently her work is on display at her studio/gallery, Prairie Works Design Studios, Inc.
Alan Parker II, AIA (Chip) was born in Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland and was raised as an Air Force Brat in Maryland, Florida, California, Iowa and Kentucky. In 1988 Chip moved with his wife Anny and two boys to the Zerger family home place to set up private practice as an architect and artist with Prairie Works Design Studios.
Chip began his formal architectural education at the University of Kentucky in 1976 and finished his degree in architecture at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1982. While a student at USC Chip worked for the west coast office of the IBM Real Estate and Construction Division as an architectural project manager. Upon completion of his degree in 1982 Chip and his family moved to San Jose, California. Chip was the IBM Research Lab’s architectural representative in planning the 500,000 square foot IBM Almaden Research Lab which was completed in 1984. Upon completion of the Lab in 1985 they moved to Dallas where Chip was the IBM architectural project manager for the interiors of the 400,000 square foot IBM Solana Marketing Center located in Southlake, Texas. In 1988 Chip left IBM to set up private practice in Kansas. Ann and Chip founded Prairie Works Design Studios in 1988 as an architectural and sculpture studio In 1997 Chip joined WDM Architects of Wichita, Kansas becoming a partner. During his tenure at WDM he was a principle in the firm and received a number of Kansas and Regional States AIA Awards for his designs. In 2009 Chip left WDM to return full time to Prairie Works Design Studios.
Currently Chip 's time is balanced between creating architectural sculpture and practicing high end Residential and Business Architecture. Chip states “architecture and sculpture are essentially the same thing. Architecture is literally creating a three-dimensional sculpture that interacts with people and the environment.”