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 Joy Jungferman Rushfelt  (1937 - 2005)

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Lived/Active: Kansas      Known for: Weaving

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Joy Jungferman Rushfelt was born on June 29, 1937 in Garden City, Kansas.  She spent her childhood on the family farm near Ulysses and attended public schools in Ulysses and Garden City.  Graduated from the Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence with a BFA in 1959 and a MFA in 1973. Worked as a color separation artist for Hallmark Cards, Inc.  From the 1960s through the 1980s Rushfelt pursued a prolific professional career as a commissioned fiber artist weaving tapestries and wall hangings for numerous corporate, professional, and governmental offices and buildings, hospitals, universities, churches, and for private residences and collections both locally and
nationwide.  In 1971 she organized the fiber arts department of the Kansas City Art Institute and served for three years as its first instructor.  She served as North American Vice-president of the World Craft Council, a United Nations agency.  In that capacity she traveled worldwide for over a decade to conduct and participate in weaving and yarndying workshops. She died on May 13, 2005 in Leawood, Kansas.

Member: Kansas Artist-Craftsmen Assoc.; Board of Trustees of the American Craft Council.

Awards: Allied Artist Award from the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1977 and 1981; Kansas Governor's Artist Award, 1980.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Kansas City Star (May 24, 2005); Topeka Public Library. Kansas Artists List. (Mar. 11, 1988).; Kansas! (2nd issue, 1982).
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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