ABOUT THE ARTIST
Susan Puelz was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where she continues to reside. She received her B.F.A. in art from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1980 and her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1984.
From 1984 to 2004, Ms. Puelz was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art in watercolor, art history, design and drawing at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She has also been Visiting Artist at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
She has had twenty-two one-person shows including Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska; Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph Michigan; Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska; and Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.
Since 1985, Ms. Puelz has participated in thirty-five group exhibitions. They include “Midwest Landscape as Subject and Symbol,” Sioux City Art Center; “100 Years of Nebraska Women Artists, 1890-1990,” Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska; “Living Artists of Nebraska,” Warsaw Poland; “Taos National Watercolor Honors Exhibition,” Taos, New Mexico; Watercolor U.S.A. exhibitions 1997, 2003, 2008, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri; and “Fifty Gifts for Fifty Years,” Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Major awards have come from Watercolor U.S.A., Art Quest, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, Taos National Honors Exhibition, National Watercolor Society, Museum of Nebraska Art, Cooper Foundation, Association of Nebraska Art Clubs and Alumni Achievement Award in Art from University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Her work is featured in “Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie,” Joni L. Kinsey. She illustrated the covers for “Refuge at DeSoto Bend,” Salmon Publishing, and “Natural Bridge: A Journal for Contemporary Literature,” University of Missouri.
Ms. Puelz is represented by Anderson/Obrien Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska and Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, Nebraska. Additionally, her work is featured on her website www.susanpuelz.com.
“As a child we took many car trips from Lincoln to my grandparent’s farm in Salem, Nebraska. Being the oldest of four children, I got the seat next to the window. Most times I spent the two hours down and back looking at the passing scenery. Not so much for future artistic compositions but because it kept me from getting “car sick.”
Little did I know that my observations of plowed fields, red barns, dirt roads, stands of trees, and colorful skies would become the subject of my mature paintings. The memories of the Nebraska landforms collected as a child influence my work even more today than it did in the past.”