National Western Stock Show: CO artist recognized |

National Western Stock Show: CO artist recognized

Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale has named Jill Soukup as the 2013 Featured Artist.

Jill Soukup was born in Buffalo, NY. Shortly thereafter, her family moved to Colorado, where she still resides. Jill’s affinity for horses as a young girl resulted in countless drawings and studies of them, which made for a strong drawing foundation. As a teen, she started a pet-portrait business, acquired jobs painting murals, and designed logos for local organizations. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. There, she received awards for illustration and design and worked as an illustrator and designer for the university. She initially pursued a career in graphic design while continuing to paint part time.

After 11 years as a designer, she made the switch to full-time painting. Her work continues to gain recognition as she receives awards, appears in national publications, and shows in important juried and solo exhibitions. Recent solo exhibits include: “Horses and Other Thoughts,” Saks Galleries, Denver, CO; Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, WY; “Industrial & Equine Architecture,” The Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO; “Compelled by Structure,” University of Northern Colorado School of Art & Design Galleries, Greeley, CO. Group shows include: Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO; Windows to the Divine Exhibition & Sale, Madden Museum of Art, Greenwood Village, CO; Representing the West, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, Pueblo, CO; California Visions, Long Beach Museum of Art; Oil Painters of America. Recent awards include: Southwest Art Award, Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, People’s Choice, Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale; Best of Show, 2D, Representing the West, Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center; Jury’s Top 50, Salon International; Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America. Publications include: American Art Collector, The Artist’s Magazine; Cowboys and Indians, Denver Woman, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector. Collections include: Cherry Creek School District; Honeywell, Inc.; Children’s Hospital.

Jill Soukup’s painting titled Hold Steady has been selected as the featured piece of the 2013 Coors Art Exhibit and Sale and will be showcased by National Western in its permanent collection. F

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