Jean Welstead | Woman of Midland

Jean Welstead | Woman of Midland

At the age of 11, Welstead’s aunt enrolled her in an art class at Midland and Jean’s art ambition was piqued. Her desire to pursue art after that never ceased. In 1968, Welstead was asked to serve as Midland’s artist in residence, a position she dedicated herself to for 33 years before an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Even after her diagnosis, Welstead found comfort in her easel at Midland. Her husband Marv, a longtime friend of Midland, would accompany her and read while she painted. Welsted passed away in 2009. Her work is highlighted in the books “Women in Nebraska Art” and “Contemporary Nebraska Art and Artists” and her art is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney.

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