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Madison Bicentennial
Mural Artists' Biographies

• Teresa L. Waller, an Oldham County, Ky., native, graduated in 1982 from the Louisville School of Art (LSA) with a BFA in ceramics with a minor in drawing. After graduation, she pursued her interest in oil painting,
exhibiting in several Kentucky and southern Indiana galleries.
From 1986-2005, Waller’s business career took priority over her art endeavors. In fall 2005, however, she began painting again.
An avid gardener, Waller was inspired by large-leaf plants and the effects of sunlight on the foliage. Her first solo show, “Nature Reborn,” opened at the Kaviar Forge Gallery in Louisville, Ky. “Portraits from the Garden” debuted at The Artisan’s Gallery in Madison, Ind., in November 2008. Her work is available at The Artisan’s Gallery.

• Lawrence D. Rudolech has spent most of his life admiring and studying the simple beauty of southern Indiana’s country side. Guided by his high school art teacher Lou Knoble, Rudolech won or received many scholarships.
In the Julius Epstein National Competition Scholarship, he entered three of the five categories, winning in oil and watercolor, and placing second in pencil.
With his college education secured, Rudolech selected The John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, where he pursued a career in Graphic Design and went on to own a freelance design and illustration company.
He picked up his brushes again to participate in the Hoosier Salon Show in 2001, and as a member of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, he now says he is beginning to nurture the artistic urges he has suppressed for so long.

• Born in Maryland, artist Geoffrey Crowe has lived in California, Puerto Rico, Ireland and Indiana while pursuing his art education and exhibiting his work. He studied at La Liga de Arte and La Escuela de Arte Plasticas in Puerto Rico and Kinsale Pottery on the south coast of Ireland.
His shows include a solo exhibition of paintings in 2004 at La Liga de Arte, an
exhibition of ceramic sculpture at Galeria Sanchez (Puerto Rico) in 2005, exhibitions of paintings and sculpture during Kinsale Arts Week (2006-2007) and Cork Art Fair (Ireland, 2007) and a solo exhibition of paintings at The Artisan Gallery, Madison, Ind.

• Steve Bickis lives east of Madison, Ind., in an old log cabin surrounded by hills and hollows. He was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., and studied art at
Fort Wayne Art Institute and Indiana University. He moved to Key West, Fla.,
in 1979 where he painted signs, sailed and fished.
Bickis married in 1982 and has been blessed with three sons. In 1991, he moved to Madison, where he has worked construction and painted signs. He enjoys many mediums from woodcarving, oil and watercolor painting to graphic design. Painting, or any art, helps him stay in the “now” and makes him feel more connected with the spiritual and natural world. Immediate hopes and goals are to paint more and become more involved in the community.

• Born into an artistic family, Jenny Straub Youngblood began drawing and painting at a very young age. She was formally trained at Hanover College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. Youngblood ordinarily chooses to paint the human form but was very pleased when asked to help with the mural on Roger’s Corner.
The artist has participated in a number of local, regional, and national art competitions. While, she enjoys working on series of paintings in a subject matter of her own choosing, she has recently begun to accept commissions for non-traditional portraiture. Youngblood lives in Madison, Ind., with her husband, Brian, and her daughter, Bethany. She maintains a studio in her home.

• Kevin Carlson began painting at 10 years old, taking lessons from Julia Hofstadt, a renowned Madison, Ind., artist. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree majoring in Fine Arts. He started Carlson Art & Sign in 1986 producing hand-lettered signs and other commercial artwork.
He joined of the Madison Art Club in 1985, serving several terms as president. Carlson is also past vice-president of Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA).
He has exhibited in Madison Art Club member shows, regional shows and IPAPA member shows. Awards include MAC Annual Regional Show (second, third and honorable mention); second in Southern Indiana Center of the Arts 2004 Summer Arts Festival; winner in oils at the 16th T.C. Steele Fall Paint-Out in 2005 and second in 2006.

• Eric Phagan, a native of Madison, Ind., has studied at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and abroad in Paris, France. In 2006 he received his BFA-Ceramcs from the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis.
He has received numerous awards and showings across the nation and is widely collected. His patrons and public works include San Angelo Museum of Fine Art in San Angelo, Texas "Upstream," Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis "Sailor Man" and the City of Madison at Lytle Park "Ties That Bind." He is represented by HG Galleries in Orlando.

• Patty Cooper Wells is known for her colorful acrylic paintings and portraits as well as her imaginative assemblage pieces. Her art may be found all over Madison, Ind., from CD art created for local musicians Roy Gentry and Rusty Bladen, to murals for the City of Madison at Comfort Station.
Wells curates the "On the Wall" Art Gallery, a monthly rotating art exhibition space at JoeyG's Restaurant & Nightclub, and is active in an informal arts group she founded with artist Jane Devito, "The Gadfly Arts Association."
She enjoyed being a part of the Mural Project as Madison’s history has special meaning for her. One ancestor was one of the first settlers in Jefferson County. More work by Wells can be seen at www.secretcircus.com.

• Robert H. Saueressig has enjoyed being a professional artist since graduating from the College of Visual Art in St. Paul, Minn. This joie de vivre is apparent in the vibrancy of his award-winning paintings and hand-pulled original prints.
A transplant from the prairies of North Dakota, he now resides in Madison, Ind. As an avid plein air artist, he is fascinated by the beauty and history of the area and continues to explore Indiana with camera and palette. Participating in plein air painting events around the country enables Saueressig to combine several of his favorite activities: creating art, traveling, and interacting with people.
His work is in many private collections throughout the United States, in Europe and as far away as Mongolia. Contact him at artquest2000@hotmail.com

• Marguerite Ligon’s artwork reflects the beauty, nostalgia and serenity of the rural Ohio River valley. She enjoyed folk painting, evolving to china painting and later found her love of oils and fine art. She studied oil painting under Elle Smith of Hanover College, and took workshops from Robert Johnson, John Michael Carter and Todd Reifers, among others.
Ligon joined the Madison Art Club in 2001, serving as a board Member until 2009. She has been a participant, the chairperson or co-chairperson of the annual Madison Art Club Show and Competition since 2001. In addition to the Madison Art Club Gallery, her works hang in homes throughout Indiana and as far away as Massachusetts and Florida. Marguerite and her husband, Keith, have two children and three grandchildren.

• Lillie J. Wingham first took art lessons at age 40 and continues to study. Her goal is to continue learning through studying and painting with fellow artists. Lillie has had two one-woman shows and one show shared with three other artists. She has belonged to the Madison Art Club for 28 years, serving as president and vice president at various times.
The book, "Beloved Madison," features her painting of the Delta Queen. In Indiana, her works have been available at Back Home Indiana in Indianapolis, the Franklin Gallery in Franklin, The Madison Art Gallery, Golden Treasures and the Trolley Barn in Madison, and the Julia Knox House in Vevay. Additionally, her paintings are in France, England and Japan. Winghame and her husband, Tommy Wingham, and have four children.

• Indianapolis native William Borden is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a B.F.A. in industrial design. A freshman class at Cleveland sparked his interest in transparent watercolor painting, and since the early 1970s he has pursued a second career as a painter of landscapes and mechanical compositions.
In 1988 he was elected a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. He is now a full-time watercolor painter.
Borden holds signature memberships in the American Watercolor Society, the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society and the Watercolor Society of Indiana. He is active in the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, the Indiana Artist’s Club, Indiana Heritage Arts and The Madison Art Club. He has instructed numerous watercolor painting workshops in Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky

• Barbara Walters-Dixon was born in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in Madison, Ind., her father’s hometown. She graduated from Madison High School, married and moved to Colorado Springs, Colo, where she lived for 33 years.
Walters-Dixon sketched in her earlier years and tried many medias. The most interesting medias in her experiences were oils, watercolors and gold-and-silver point.
She now resides in Madison, where her artistic passion has turned to painting the beautiful town and riverboats. She continues to do commission work consisting of pets, portraits, landscapes, architecture and other subjects. Some of her paintings have been sold internationally, namely France, and New Zealand and throughout the United States.

• Jane Devito has been an artist all her life but only started painting seriously in 2003. That was when she realized she had to paint. She had things inside her that needed to be expressed, she said.
Painting is more than a hobby for Devitor; it’s her art, it’s her, and it’s what she is supposed to be doing with her life, she says. She resides in Madison, Ind., and her work can be seen in an art gallery on Main Street.

• A native of Paducah, Ky., Hal Davis graduated in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in art from Emporia State University and completed a master's degree in education from Indiana University in 1971. He taught art in the public school system (Madison and Indianapolis) for 27 years.
In the 1970s, Davis worked with community members during the founding years of Madison’s art festival. He served as president of the Art Education Association of Indiana in 1976. Davis enjoys working in oils and was commissioned to paint the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art Poster in 1995, 1996 and 2000. He has exhibited at the Madison Art Club Annual Show and the
Hoosier Salon, where he won the Best Still Life in Oils award in 2007.

• Madison, Ind., artist Louis E. Knobel says his paintings have "five little squares in succession hidden among the painted images." Such features have become a fixture in his paintings and now verify that the painting is indeed “a Knoble.”
When Knoble first began painting in his senior year of college, he was an abstract expressionist, a student and product of the 1950s. His instructor was Peter Busa, close friend and compatriot of Jackson Pollack.
"Life has been exciting, and I find that the only dull moments are the ones you create yourself,” he says.
Knoble was born in Buffalo, N.Y., served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War era, came to Madison in 1964 to accept a position as art department head at Madison Consolidated Schools, and coached track and cross-country for more than 40 years.

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