Larry Welo

Lawrence (Larry) Anton Welo was born in 1952 and graduated from Luther College in 1974 with a double major in art and biology. Since that time he has worked as a professional artist and printmaker, first in Minneapolis, and in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin after 1994. He is a prolific producer of original prints, specializing in etching. His work can be found in several galleries throughout the Midwest and he is a fixture at some of the finest art fairs and festivals in the country.

Welo’s exhibition record is extensive, as are his awards. He has won Best of Show in Printmaking at the Brookside Art Annual in Kansas City, Missouri; Best of Show at the Festival of the Arts in Stevens Point, Wisconsin; and Awards of Excellence at the Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York; and the North Shore Art League’s Annual Old Orchard Festival in Chicago, to name just a few. His extensive exhibitions include the National Small Works Exhibition at the Schoharie Country Arts Council in Cobleskill, New York; the Parkside National Small Print Exhibition at the University of Wisconsin- Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin; the Cooperstown Art Association’s Annual National Art Exhibition in Cooperstown, New York; and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival in Coconut Grove, Florida. His work has been featured in several one person shows, including the Denis Conley Gallery; Akron, Ohio; the Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa; the Lutheran Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and Luther College. His work is also represented in dozens of corporate and institutional collections, including the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, New York; McDonalds Corporation, Chicago, Illinois; University Hospitals in Minneapolis, Iowa City, and Madison; and The Artist’s Magazine, Cincinnati, Ohio.

He says about his work: “My etchings have always been inspired by various aspects of my life; they are, in a sense, self portraits. My imagery is often rooted in the natural world. I create my etchings entirely in my studio; I find my information in sketches I have drawn, written notations and most importantly, my imagination. My images are not intended to be duplications of the world, but instead interpretations of it. It is important to me that the creative process be a voyage of discovery, always looking in new directions and following new avenues.”

There are three works by Larry Welo in the Luther College Fine Arts Collection. My Old Ways is a large etching showing a bridge along the nature walk in Phelp’s Park, Decorah, Iowa. It was given to the college by the artist. Looking Glass, also a gift from the artist, is a color etching included in “Celebrating Connections: Forty Years of Artistic Dialogue,” a 2008 exhibit at Luther College that featured the work of Douglas Eckheart and selected alumni artists on the occasion of Eckheart’s retirement from teaching at Luther. Rivertown Revisited was donated by the artist in the 1980’s for a silent auction with proceeds going to the art department’s Scholarship Fund.

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