Location: Lititz, Pennsylvania, United States
Joann Wehler Hensel, Artist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in watercolor painting.
Ms. Hensel is a prominent watercolor artist who has amassed more than 55 years of professional experience in the field. Commencing her career as an art teacher at New Holland Borough Schools in Pennsylvania from 1953 to 1954, she subsequently served as a layout artist for a department store in El Paso, TX, from 1954 to 1955 before ultimately relocating back to Pennsylvania to delve into the field of art on a full-time basis. A committee member of the Pennsylvania School of the Arts in 1986, she was also involved with the Lancaster County Art Association from 1994 to 1999 and was a featured artist on WITF-TV in 1997. She has been a donating artist to the Demuth Foundation since 1990.
Ms. Hensel holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University, formerly known as Indiana State Teachers College, and has contributed myriad articles to professional magazines regarding artistic expression. A contributor to the book “Splash 5” in 1997, she has been a longtime member of the American Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, where she served as vice president in 1992 and 1996.
In recognition of her exceptional contributions to art, Ms. Hensel has accrued several accolades. The American Watercolor Society gave her the High Winds Medal in 1982 and the Millard Sheets Memorial Medal in 1994, and she won Second Prize at the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society in 2016. Likewise, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society honored her with the Philadelphia Watercolor Club Prize in 1984 and the Crest Medal in 1997, having also received the Bronze Medal in 1988, the Keystone Award in 1994, 1995, and 1997, and the Sylvan Grouse Guild Medal in 1996. She also received a Best of Show Award from the Art Association of Harrisburg in 2009 and is an honorary lifetime member of the Lancaster County Art Association.
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