'My visual concerns run the gamut from careful study to poetic, symbolic and sometimes political representations of nature and human nature.'
Helen Klebesadel is an artist, an educator, and an activist. Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, her art has become the place where she explores how we learn our deepest values. Klebesadel is best known for her environmental and women centered watercolors. She is particularly interested in how myths and stories socialize us to have different expectations for some people than from others. She uses the creative process to re-examine and re-present narratives that resist and contest existing power structures by revealing they exist. Klebesadel exhibits her work nationally and internationally.
Helen's watercolors push the traditional boundaries of the medium in scale, content, and technique. Her paintings range in size from the intimate to the monumental. She creates paintings that are transparent watercolors on paper, starting with detailed drawings and developing the images with layer upon layer of color washes and dry brush technique mixed with occasional areas of wet-into-wet spontaneity. She paints until the paintings tell her she is done.
Helen Klebesadel earned her BS in art, a certificate in Women's Studies, and a MFA in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught courses and workshops on creativity, studio art, and the contemporary women' art movement for more than two decades. Klebesadel continues to learn from her art experiences and her students. Helen taught studio art at Lawrence University for ten years, and chaired their art department, before leaving to become Director of the University of Wisconsin System's Women's Studies Consortium in 2000. In 2013 her work with the WSC moved to the UW-Madison Campus where she also became the Director of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program. WRAP). (WRAP is a 75 year old organization now hosted by the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. It focuses on the Wisconsin Idea through the arts.)
A dedicated teacher, Helen has contributed a chapter entitled Re-Framing Studio Art Critique and Practice, to the book, śNew Museum Theory and Practice: An Introduction.' Klebesadel's art and prose have been published in Femspec, Frontiers, Feminist Studies, Interweave, and CALYX. She is a past national president of the national Women's Caucus for Art and a past member of the Wisconsin Arts Board.
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Helen Klebesadel joined Pixels on August 9th, 2010.