Ames resident and featured artist Lisa K. Kuehl is a 1982 graduate of Iowa State University. Lisa earned her B.A. in Graphic Design, but pursued the professional aviation field shortly after graduating. Throughout her days as an art student, Lisa created many works of design and, over the years, saved a great many of them as part of her personal collection.

Lisa is offering these pieces to art collectors and admirers of hand-crafted work as a fundraiser for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation in Washington, DC. In 2016, Lisa’s husband Connie Rex Younger passed away from pleural mesothelioma. Connie retired from Iowa State University in 1997 where he served as a staff transportation pilot for 21 years and was on staff in the Industrial Education department as Chief Flight Instructor.

Lisa retired from United Airlines in 2006, but remains active with the Boone Area Pilots Association and also is a passionate animal welfare advocate and scrapbooker. She recently co-conducted a class through the ISU Alumni Association OLLI program on creative ways to turn mementos and cherished items into masterpieces through scrapbooking, memory pillows and memory quilts.

If you are interested in any of Lisa’s work, feel free to contact her directly. To learn more about the Meso Foundation visit their site here, additional information will be available at Wheatsfield during the art opening, Friday, January 3 from 5-7pm and throughout the months of January and February. International Rare Disease Awareness Day takes place at the end of February, and since mesothelioma is considered a rare cancer, this wintertime exhibit also aims to draw attention to that fact.