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artist , educator

Elaine Olafson Henry, American artist, educator. named Artist of Year, Emporia Arts Council, 2005; grantee Emporia State University, 1997, 99; receipient Kansas Governor award, 2007. Member Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association (president 1999).


Henry, Elaine Olafson was born on August 25, 1945 in Marshall, Minnesota, United States. Daughter of Norman Jonas and Isfold Sigurdur (Josefson) Olafson.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, University Wyoming, 1992. Master of Fine Arts, Southern Illinois University, 1995.


Marketing coordinator Cannon Design, Inc., Grand Island, New York, 1978-1982. Marketing consultant Minneapolis, 1982-1983. Marketing director Campbell City Chamber of Commerce, Gillette, Wyoming, 1983-1986.

Owner J&J Awards and Ad Concepts, 1986-1989. Graduate assistant Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1992-1995. Assistant professor Emporia State University, Kansas, 1996—2002, chair department art, 2000—2007, associate professor, 2002—2007.

President National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Erie, Colorado, 2002-2004, past president, 2004-2006. President Emporia Arts Council, 1997-1999. President Kansas Artist Craftsman Association, 1999-2000.

Advisory board Ceramics: Art & Perception Magazine, Sydney, Australia, 2005-2007.


  • Other Work

    • Featured artist/sculptor Ceramics: Mastering the Craft, 2001, Studio Potter Magazine, 1999, Ceramic Design Book, 1998, World Famous Ceramic Artists Studios, volunteer II, 2004. Featured artist and author Ceramics Monthly Magazine, 1996. Editor CeramicsL Art & Perception, since 2008.


Member Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association (president 1999).


  • Other Interests

    Travel, books, gardening.


Married James Edward Henry, September 30, 1967 (divorced December 1978). Children: Julie Lynn, Cheryl Anne Henry Fields. Married Richard Story Garber, July 25, 1992.

Norman Jonas Olafson

Isfold Sigurdur (Josefson) Olafson

James Edward Henry

Richard Story Garber

Julie Lynn Henry

Cheryl Anne Henry Fields Henry