Judith Welk Statement
I celebrate 40 years as a painter and the deep love and joy the process has brought to my life. I am committed to my work as a way to mark time with the people, places and things I love. I cannot analyze it or draw conclusions about it. It is the process that satisfies me - the transformation of the physical into a finished work of art.
I believe in the power of “ideas” and the part they play in the development of my art. The idea of Christmas is much more exciting than the actual Christmas day. Ideas are limitless, whether they are artistic or scientific.
My mother often told me to look for the beauty around me. When I moved to Omaha I was lonely and depressed as I was separated from my Ohio roots. I soon found inspiration in the beauty of my Omaha surroundings, my Dundee home, my neighborhood, the Midwest hills, as well as, my family.
Painting takes me to a place where there is no pain or death. It is about possibilities and they are endless. I go away for hours and return feeling physically exhausted, yet fully accomplished. I study my surroundings, fill my brush with color and develop a design. At other times the design is the result of a mental exercise based on memories of earlier times.
My children know that real joy comes from putting all of one’s energies into something that matters to one personally. There were times when it became necessary to make choices about how I might spend the day. My family always understood that my art was part of who I was. There was a blend between it and them; one enhances the other.
I am proud to be an artist and to be part of the rich, cultural heritage that has endured for centuries. I am continually encouraged by my family and community. I remain grateful.
Judith Welk Resumé
B. S. Ed. Kent State University 1962
2016 Wings Over the Platte Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer
2015 30th Anniversary Cathedral Arts Project, Sunderland Gallery
2013 One Woman Exhibit Dundee Gallery
2010 One Woman Exhibit UNO Cris Library, Osborne Gallery
2009 One Woman Exhibit Sunderland Gallery, Cathedral Arts Project, Omaha
2006 One Woman Exhibit Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Governor’s Mansion, Lincoln
2005 One Woman Exhibit Avenue Gallery, Omaha
1996 Two Person Exhibit Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, Omaha
1989 One Woman Exhibit Omaha Community Playhouse, Omaha
1989 Two Woman Exhibit Norfolk Art Center, Norfolk, NE
1988 One Woman Exhibit Fremont Art Center, Fremont, NE
1985 Group Exhibit Joslyn Sales and Rental Gallery, Omaha “Nebraska Folk Art”
1983 Two Person Exhibit Joslyn Sales and Rental Gallery, Omaha (With Tom Schlosser)
1981 Two Person Exhibit Joslyn Sales and Rental Gallery, Omaha (With Henry Serenco)
1980 Group Exhibit Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, Omaha “Summer 80”
1979 Group Exhibit Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, Omaha
1978 One Woman Exhibit Joslyn Sales and Rental Gallery, Omaha “Grey January”
1976 Two Person Exhibit Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, Omaha
1974 Four Person Exhibit Gallery at the Market, Omaha
1974 One Woman Exhibit Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
1973 One Woman Exhibit Joslyn Sales and Rental Gallery, Omaha
1972 Group Exhibit Gallery at the Market, Omaha “Art by Women”
1972 Group Exhibit Countryside/Briardale Church
1971 One Woman Exhibit Gallery at the Market/Little Gallery
1971 Group Exhibit Talent Tree Galleries, Omaha
Garfield, Alan. Conversations With Nebraska Women Artists. Omaha: Creighton University Art Gallery, 1979.
Thompson, Marilyn. Saying Things. Omaha: Abattoir Editions, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1975.
Assistance League of Omaha Calendar Covers, 1976-1986, 1991-2001.
Catlin, Roger. State of the Art. Omaha: Sunday World Herald Magazine of the Midlands, December 23,
1984, pp. 9-26.
Target Stores Headquarters, Minneapolis, MN U. S. National Bank, Omaha
Richard Young Hospital, Omaha UN Omaha, Arts and Sciences Hall
ConAgra Corporation, Omaha Methodist Hospital, Omaha
Mutual of Omaha, Omaha Assistance League of Omaha, Omaha
Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, IA Dundee Presbyterian Church, Omaha
Dundee School, Omaha Central High School, Omaha
Northern Natural Gas Corp., Omaha, Two Pacific Place St. Robert Bellarmine Church Guild, Omaha
Nutrena Division, Cargill, Inc., Minneapolis, MN Omaha Symphony Association Guild
Anderson O'Brien Fine Art Old Market | 1108 Jackson Street, Omaha, NE 68102