Joe Schultz

Joe Schultz, Oil

“Once Upon a Time”
33.5 x 25.5

Biography and Statement

Joseph E. Schultz
20550 W. Chippewa
South Bend, IN   46614
Studio: 574-291-4581
Cell: 574-286-3389

In 1965, after serving four years in the U.S. Navy, I decided to make art my career. A correspondence course, one year at the South Bend Art Center, and the following year at Ivy Tech’s first year school for commercial art, prepared me for work in a local advertising agency. Things happened quickly after that. I was free-lancing for one of this area’s largest art studios and was asked to teach part-time at Ivy Tech to help develop their Art/Photography Department. Within that year, I developed enough clients to start Schultz Advertising Art, later incorporating into Schultz Art Studio, Inc. and served as Art Director for numerous firms. From 1978-1980 I was employed as Art Director for the South Bend Toy Company, while still free-lancing nights and weekends. In the 80s, I found my interest leaning towards illustration and fine art. The talents of artists and illustrators such as Robert Heindel, Mark English, and most notably Bernie Fuchs inspired me. After attending their workshops and seminars, my painting career was underway. After thirty-five years I retired from the commercial work while enjoying my painting more than ever. As a member of the Hoosier Salon and Northern Indiana Artists, I am experiencing success in sales and awards at shows. My choice of medium is oil on canvas, since I appreciate the luminous and versatile quality of oils as I work in a style of oil washes and lifting out highlights. Subjects with strong lighting are always attractive to me, while landscapes and people subjects are my favorite.

Currently I am past president of the Northern Indiana Artists Inc., South Bend’s oldest visual fine arts group and serving on the board for over twelve years. Also, I am teaching oil painting and illustration at my studio.

My work has been accepted many times for the Hoosier Salon show in Indianapolis, IN, and I have sold paintings in their gallery. During the summer of 2006, I had a solo show in New Buffalo, MI featuring fifteen lighthouses on Michigan’s west shore. Also, I had a solo show at Heartland Gallery in Plymouth, IN, 2011. In 2003, I entered, for the first time, a painting in the National Park Academy of Arts Contest and was accepted as one of their entries. In the summer of 2013, I had a showing of my work at the Buchanan, Michigan Art Center.

I have traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe. Many of my paintings portray my experiences and travels. From settings in Alaska to gondolas in Venice, my paintings reflect the variety of my work.

Selected Exhibits and Awards

1986 Four Flags Art Show – First Place oil
1986 Four Flags Art Show – Second Place oil pastel
1987 Fort Wayne Art Director’s Club – Judge’s Award oil
2003 National Park Academy of Arts Contest – Accepted Entry oil
2004 Northern Indiana Artist (NIA) Bethel College – Judge’s Award oil
2005 NIA Indiana Center for History – Judge’s Award oil
2005 NIA South Bend Museum of Art – Zimmerman Memorial Award oil
2006 NIA Colfax Campus Gallery – Merit Award oil
2007 NIA Frame of Mind Exhibit – Merit Award oil
2008 Northern Indiana Pastel Soc./ Studio Arts Gallery– Judge’s Award pastel
2008 NIA Eyedart Studio Gallery – Merit Award pastel
2009 NIA So. Bend Museum of Art – Anita Beatty Memorial Award oil
2010 NIA Buchanan Art Center – Merit Award oil
2010 Colfax Campus Gallery – Merit Award oil
2011 Christian Reform Church – Judge’s Award oil
2012 NIA South Bend Museum of Art – Judge’s Award oil
2012 NIA South Bend Museum of Art – Merit Award oil
2013 NIA La Porte County Bureau – Judge’s Award oil
2017 NIA Midwest Museum of Art – Curator’s Award oil

One Man Shows

Rubinkam Studio and Gallery, New Buffalo, Michigan, July 2006
Michigan West Coast Lighthouses and Oils

Heartland Gallery, Plymouth, Indiana, January 2011
Various oils

Buchanan Art Center – Buchanan, Michigan 2013

Public Permanent Work

Carriage House Restaurant – Oil Portrait of Founding Proprietor

Tippecanoe Restaurant – Dining Room Display

Grace United Methodist Church – Parlor Painting


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