Helen Klebesadel

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. 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. She has taught courses and workshops on creativity, studio art, and the contemporary women’s art movement for over a decade. Klebesadel contributed a chapter entitled Re-Framing Studio Art Critique and Practice, to the recently published text New Museum Theory and Practice: An Introduction. She taught studio art at Lawrence University for ten years before leaving to become Director of the University of Wisconsin System’s Women’s Studies Consortium in 2000. Klebesadel’s art and prose have been published in 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.