Honorary Life Member – 2009
John Voelker, a native of Ohio, received his education in fine and commercial art at the Columbus College of Art and Design. After coming to Dallas, he worked for The Drawing Board, the Bloom Agency, WFAA-TV, Computer Language Research, and for many years as Art Coordinator for Coronet Packaging. Activities with drawing and painting began with competitions - local, regional, and national - resulting in numerous awards and citations. John currently works in ink and colored pencil on paper using sharp geometric designs in symmetrical and asymmetrical patterns.
In 2010 John had a number of pieces accepted in the summer exhibition at the MADI Geometric Museum in Dallas, after which one piece was selected for their permanent collection. In 1993 he was one of the nominees for the Joseph V. Canzani Award for Alumni Excellence (CCAD), and in 2009 was presented with an Honorary Life Membership of the Texas Visual Arts Association.
John served on the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Fine Arts Association as president from 1976-1977, and on the state board of the Texas Fine Arts Association. He has continuously been on the TVAA board since then, serving the members of the organization.
Members still talk about when he was Vice President of Membership; he sent personal hand-calligraphed letters welcoming them to the organization. He still works behind the scenes to keep the wheels of the organization in motion. A favorite quote of his: “Commercial art is fine art when it’s good, and fine art is commercial art when it sells.”