Joseph Loganbill Full Biography:

Joseph Loganbill was born in Newton, Kansas, in 1958. Seven years later, his family moved to a house in the country. Though his friends were now out of bicycle range, Joseph found a new and exciting world to explore along the banks of the Sand Creek. He developed a deep appreciation for the prairie and began to draw whenever he could.

After he graduated Hesston High School, Joseph attended Bethel College, studying art, history, and English. After college, he worked a variety of jobs unrelated to art, gaining life experiences on a ranch, in a furniture factory, in mental health, and in sales. He kept a sketchbook in which he drew regularly, never losing sight of his artistic dreams. On a sales call one day, one of Joseph’s clients offered him a picture framing job. Over the next ten years, Joseph became a master framer and found his way back to the world of art.  

During the same period, Joseph also had the chance to travel. He visited New Mexico, southern Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, and other scenic states. He also traveled abroad, visiting Bolivia, South Africa, Lesotho, Holland, Belgium, and Germany. Over the course of his travels, Joseph experienced art in many different cultures, and visited a number of inspiring museums and galleries.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Joseph took evening classes at the Wichita Art Association (now the Wichita Center for the Arts). He learned about various creative techniques, including pastel and watercolor. Around the year 2000, Joseph bought his first set of oils at a Wichita store and began to paint in earnest.

Joseph subsequently attended workshops with an array of talented artists, including Ray Roberts, Joseph Lorusso, David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, and Jeff Legg. As well as the wealth of technical knowledge he acquired from those experiences, Joseph felt he gained something inestimable from his teachers about the spirit of painting.

In 2003, Joseph started to sell smaller paintings, and in 2006, he received a commission to paint a fivefoot-by-twelve-foot mural-sized triptych on panel for Prairie Harvest in Newton, Kansas. At the same time, Joseph began to accept private commissions and started to paint en plein air in the local area. People gave Joseph brief appraisals as he worked, painting in all seasons and persevering as the light or the weather conditions changed. He produced hundreds of little studies and became an expert in on-thespot color mixing.

Since then, Joseph has had solo exhibitions at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg; Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center in Wichita; Fine Arts Center Gallery at Bethel College in Newton; Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts in Salina; the Carriage Factory Gallery in Newton, and other locations. Group events have included exhibits at the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, and at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan.  

In addition to owning his own gallery, Joseph served as director of the Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton from 2009 until 2011, where he gave private drawing and painting lessons to people of all ages. He also taught drawing at the maximum security Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Several galleries, including the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Beauchamp’s Gallery in Topeka, and Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita currently represent Joseph’s work.

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