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Betsy Olk Borchardt, American artist.


Borchardt, Betsy Olk was born on June 5, 1953 in Clintonville, Wisconsin, United States. Daughter of James Howard and Bernice Durben (Olk).


Student, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1971. Bachelor Sociology, St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, 1980. Postgraduate, University Tennessee, Nashville, 1981.


Home health aide Upjohn, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 1989, Oshkosh, 90. Private practice, Omro, 1990—1993, Redgranite, Wisconsin, since 2009. Program aide United Cerebral Palsy, Oshkosh, 1996—1997.

Artist, participant electronic transmission art Arizona State University project shown at United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995. Recruiting assistant United States Census Bureau, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 2000. Line therapist Autism and Behavioral Consultant, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 2002—2003.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (poetry) A Personal Struggle, 1987. Exhibited in group shows at Kansas City Civic Center, Kansas, Public Library., The Country Club Plz.

      , Kansas City, Missouri, 1987-1988, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1990, The Art Barn Gallery, Green Lake, Wisconsin, 1995, Wisconsin Center, Madison, 1996, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 1998, Art for All, Menominee, Michigan, 2002, Meniminee, Michigan, 2007, Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff, Wisconsin, 2004, Roundree Gallery, Platteville, Wisconsin, 2006, Sunday in the Park, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, Wisconsin, 2007, Rountree Gallery, Platteville, Wisconsin, 2009, one-woman shows include University Wisconsin Center, Marinette, 2003, 2009.


Volunteer Franklin Center Coffee Shop, Kansas City, 1984. Activity aide Omro Care Center, Omro, 1988—1989. Visual arts leader Winnebago County 4-H, 1991, 1992.

Member chorus, drama cast, handbell choir Maestro Productions, Inc., Oshkosh, 1991—2000. Volunteer tutor Redgranite Elementary School, 1995—2000. Scientist pen-pal Science By Mail Museum of Science, Boston, 1996—2000.

Founding member Wildlife Land Trust Humane Society, Wildlife Guardian for Defenders of Wildlife, since 1999. Volunteer reader, leader art activities Redgranite Library., 2005—2009. Volunteer women's ministries Fox Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2006—2009, communications writer, since 2006, sabbath school teacher, since 2007.

Member Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (Kenneth and Marie Kuemmerlein award 1992, Obermiller Education award, 1996), Wilson Center Associates, Arbor Day Foundation, Lions (secretary since 2001).


  • Other Interests

    Reading, camping, fishing, birdwatching.


Married Andrew Peter Borchardt, December 27, 1980.

James Howard Borchardt

Bernice Durben (Olk) Borchardt

Andrew Peter Borchardt