George Chlebak at table

Meet George Chlebak . . .

             Ask him what he thinks of his art works and he will probably say, “I hope it does.” He knows that getting any piece of art to “work” is what pleases him, but it is called “work” for a reason.

Considering his lifetime of playing around with various media and styles, he has had no lack of “failed experiments” but plenty of happy accidents too. Some of those fond successes include ink transfers in the late 60s, constructing—with help from Fred Elliott— his own lithography press during his 1976 sabbatical. Daily he taught himself about what the “stone” would yield.

Found objects, too, have always caught his attention, as in the collage boxes he considers the most enjoyable pieces he’s made. They also appeal to his sense of whimsy.

With a trained eye and his camera in hand, he’s been happy to travel widely, look closely at cathedrals, rivers, trucks, fairgrounds, and architecture old and new. He has translated those subjects and many more into the canvasses, watercolors, drawings, lithographs. and collage boxes he has exhibited in biennial shows of his work while Professor of Art in Kansas and Arkansas colleges.


Art studies: Long-time art teacher, now retired Emeritus Professor of Art, (Lyon College, Batesville, AR),  
George Chlebak began his studies at Lake Forest College, in Illinois, continued in graduate work at New Mexico Highlands University, (earning an MA in painting and lithography), and added post-graduate study at the School of the Chicago Art Institute.

Teaching: He grew up in Chicago and accepted his first teaching assignment in the Deerfield, Illinois schools before moving his family to Kansas. In Salina, KS, he joined the art faculty of Marymount College, and later became the one-person art department for Kansas Wesleyan University. That solo responsibility followed him as he became Lyon College’s art department Director, completing forty years of teaching art before his retirement in 2000.


George with flowers

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