www.klebesadel.com
Crow Journey, collage and watercolor
'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, 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's art movement for two decades. Klebesadel continues to learn from her art experiences and her students. Helen taught studio art at Lawrence University for ten years before leaving to become Director of the University of Wisconsin System's Women's and Gender Studies Consortium in 2000. She contributed a chapter entitled Re-Framing Studio Art Critique and Practice, to the recently published text 'New 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 current Wisconsin Arts Board member.

Helen teaches art and career workshops and offers private creativity coaching/career consultations. Contact her for more information. creativitylessons.com
Home:
Madison, WI
WVA membership status:
Professional
Artform:
watercolor






Praire Fire I, watercolor on canvas, 30x40

The Forests Are Burning, watercolor on canvas, 30x40


Clouds



'Silent Spring: Tide Pool in Peril', a collaborative 22x30 watercolor by Helen Klebesadel and Mary Kay Neumann, will be a part of'Science Inspires Art: OCEAN' an Exhibit of Art & Science Collaborations Inc.

Reviewing a selection of signature artworks from the last twenty-seven years in anticipation of the next...

Eau Claire area artists! Join professional artist Helen Klebesadel for a workshop to help you define where you want to be artistically and professionally, and chart a path of the steps to get there.

A two day professional development workshop for artists: Day 1: Portfolio Building and Promotions for Artists ~ Re-Presenting Yourself; Day 2: Marketing and Social Media Basics for Artists ~ Visibility Tools and Strategies.

September 16 - December 31, 2017
'Silent Spring: Tide Pool in Peril', a collaborative 22x30 watercolor by Helen Klebesadel and Mary Kay Neumann, will be a part of'Science Inspires Art: OCEAN' an Exhibit of Art & Science Collaborations Inc.
more info
New York Hall of Science
Corona, NY 11368
November 15 - December 15, 2017
Reviewing a selection of signature artworks from the last twenty-seven years in anticipation of the next...
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Schwalbach Art Gallery, UW-Baraboo
1006 Connie Road
Baraboo, WI 53913
December 11, 2017
Eau Claire area artists! Join professional artist Helen Klebesadel for a workshop to help you define where you want to be artistically and professionally, and chart a path of the steps to get there.
more info
Volume One and The Local Store
Eau Claire, WI 54703
February 10 - 11, 2018
A two day professional development workshop for artists: Day 1: Portfolio Building and Promotions for Artists ~ Re-Presenting Yourself; Day 2: Marketing and Social Media Basics for Artists ~ Visibility Tools and Strategies.
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River Arts on Water
590 Water St,
Prairie du Sac, WI 53578

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Visual exploration of orchids of Wisconsin and the vanilla plant.