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Willamarie A. Huelskamp

Willamarie A. Huelskamp was born in Covingon, Kentucky in 1959. She is an artist and teacher known for her paintings and collages. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Huelskamp earned a BS in civil engineering from the University of Utah in 1982. She earned a BFA in painting and drawing in 1990. She has taught watercolor painting and experimental watermedia painting at the University of Utah. She has also taught a plein-air painting workshop in Portofino, Italy.

Huelskamp received an award of merit from the Georgia Watercolor Society Exhibition in 2001. Her work has been exhibited at the Eccles Community Art Center (2004), the Willard Center for the Arts in Idaho Falls (2004), and the St. George Art Museum (2002). Examples of her work include Speaking of Love (2001), All Join in the Dance, and Bryce Under Snow.

Biography adapted from material supplied by the artist.

Link to Artist's website

Several days after graduating from the University of Utah in 1982 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, I began painting in earnest. The next five years, I lived and painted in Alaska and Europe before returning to Utah. In 1990, I graduated again from the U. of U., this time with a B.F.A. in painting and drawing. My paintings have been exhibited and won awards in many national and local juried shows, as well as 11 solo exhibitions.

For nine years I have been teaching watercolor painting and experimental watermedia painting in the Lifelong Learning Program at the University of Utah. For the past five years, I have taught a plein-air painting workshop in Portofino, Italy. Teaching has made me understand better what it is that I love about art. It is the surprising process of putting paint to paper that is so exciting. Feeling the brush as it caresses the paper, watching colors mix and flow, run and meld. Observing how the painting changes and goes through its many evolutions, beginning with the sketch. Always changing and moving, watercolor does part of the work for you and is joy to experience. This joy for the experience of the paint and being tuned into the present moment is what I want to share with my students in a plein-air painting workshop. During the year I offer several outdoor painting landscape workshops, in the mountains of Albion Basin, at the historic mining community of Park City, at the Red Butte Arboretum in Salt Lake City, in Zion National Park and a weeklong outdoor painting workshop in Santa Margerita, Italy.

Three times I have won “Best of Show” in the Utah Watercolor Society's annual show, as well as many awards in juried national competitions. My paintings have been reproduced in the following books; Flowers in Watercolor, Floral Inspirations, and The Best of Watercolor 2000, published by Rockport Publishers in Massachusetts; The Encyclopedia of Watercolor Landscape Techniques, Painting Great Paintings From Photographs; published by Quarto Publishers of London. Artists of Utah; published by Gibbs-Smith, in Salt Lake City, UT, 1999. Utah Homes and Gardens Magazine, Autumn, 2001. In 1998 I had published an article in the spring issue of Watercolor Magazine. My work may be seen at the Worthington Gallery in Springdale, Utah. More than 1000 works hang in private and corporate collections, including the Salt Lake Community College and Delta Airlines Crown Room at the Salt Lake International Airport. More information can be found at my web site www.willamarie.com.

Biography courtesy of the artist.

Link to Artist's website

Newspaper Articles

"3 Galas Help Children and Their Families, Plus a Benefit for Ballet." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 23, 2000.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, September 7, 2003.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, October 25, 1998.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, November 13, 1991.

"Art in Pilar's Garden; Utah Musical Theatre Celebrates." The Salt Lake Tribune, June 18, 2000.

"Art May Take to S.L. Streets." The Deseret News, August 16, 2001.

"Camp Focuses on the Figures." The Salt Lake Tribune, August 18, 2002.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 2, 2001.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 1, 2001.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 30, 2000.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 18, 1999.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 17, 1998.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 22, 1998.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 2, 1997.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 3, 1996.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, September 28, 1997.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, October 13, 1996.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 12, 1995.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 13, 1994.

"Eccles Community Art Center's 29 the Statewide Competition Awards." The Deseret News, July 20, 2003.

"Fred Esplin has been named chairman of the Utah Humanities Council." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 12, 1993.

"Galleries Offer One-0f-A-Kind Gifts in Holiday Showings." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 1, 1991.

"Girl Scouts, Best Friends, Habitat for Humanity Raise Funds." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 5, 2000.

"Imaginative and Daring Art Takes Lots of Guts." The Deseret News, June 21, 1992.

"In Limelight: Watercolor-Show Winners, New Arts-Fest Officer." The Salt Lake Tribune, June 20, 1993.

"In The Limelight." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 1, 1992.

"It's In With the Traditional At the Springville Salon." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 21, 2000.

"It's Italian; Amici d'Italia Celebrate All Aspects of Culture." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 8, 1996.

"Making Art Out of Cliffhangers." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 14, 2000.

"Paperwork Shows At Art Center Prove Ripping Good Exhibits." The Deseret News, August 4, 1991.

"Participants Practice Art of Staying Dry at Festival." The Salt Lake Tribune, June 27, 1992.

"Party Line: Week of Celebrating Art in Utah." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 16, 1992.

"Picture Perfect." The Salt Lake Tribune, August 12, 2001.

"Pobil Still Has a Hunger for Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 20, 2000.

"RTD's European Adventure." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 15, 1992.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, August 11, 2002.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, January 23, 2000.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, December 3, 2000.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, September 7, 2003.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, February 8, 2004.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, February 9, 2003.

"Surprise Role for Porn Czar: Loosening Up State's Nudity Laws." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 8, 2001.

"'Tis the Season to Deck Your Walls for Life." The Deseret News, November 22, 1992.

"Tour of Artist's Studios Next Weekend." The Salt Lake Tribune, October 7, 2001.

"Trust The Experts." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 5, 1997.

"Utah Marquee: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 22, 2002.

"Utah Marquee: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, October 4, 2002.

"Utah Marquee: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 9, 2003.

"Utah Visual Artists Sense an Olympic Size Snub." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 8, 2001.

"Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 2, 1992.

"Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, July 23, 1993.

"Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, September 3, 1993.

"Visual Treats Abound at 2 Downtown Galleries." The Deseret News, March 22, 1992.

"Watercolors are Fluidly Beautiful." The Deseret News, October 18, 1992.

Book

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

Periodicals

15 Bytes. "Stop the Presses." 15 Bytes. http://www.artistsofutah.org/15bytes/feb02/feb2.html (accessed July 10, 2008).

Boone, Kasey. "Exhibition Reviews- Salt Lake City Galleries: Current and Upcoming, Hot and Not." 15 Bytes. http://www.artistsofutah.org/newsletter/03may/page6.html (accessed July 10, 2008).

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