Exhibit - Jack Welpott: The Indiana University Years, 1949-1959

  • July 2, 2018 - November 26, 2018
  • Recurring daily
  • IU Archives
  • 1320 E. 10th Street, Wells Library, Room E460, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • (812)855-1127
  • Free

Jack Warren Welpott grew up in Bloomington swimming in the limestone quarries and shooting photographs at the age of 13. In 1942 he entered Indiana University, only to be drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps the following year. He served in the South Pacific where he monitored Japanese radio transmissions. Utilizing the G. I. Bill, he returned to IU following the war to completed a BS in Business (1949), MS in Education (1954), and an MFA (1959). Jack was the first student at IU to receive an MFA with a concentration in photography, which he studied under photographer Henry Holmes Smith and painter Harry Engel. One of his classmates was future photographer and photomontagist Jerry Uelsmann. From 1949-1959, while working on his graduate degrees, Jack worked for Indiana University’s Audio-Visual Center as a photographer. The photographs in this exhibit are from those years, the years before he became an internationally known photographer and respected teacher who was “best known for his nude studies of women.”

Exhibit - Jack Welpott: The Indiana University Years, 1949-1959