Artist, Printmaker, and Educator Lynwood Kreneck was born in Kennedy, Texas, in 1936 and moved to Lubbock in 1965 to take a position as a faculty member in what is now the Texas Tech University School of Art. Since then, Lynwood’s creative life has centered around Lubbock. Soon after his arrival, Lynwood created the ColorPrint USA exhibition series that, in the four decades from 1965 to 2005, featured the best working artists from the United States and Europe, bringing international attention to Lubbock as an area that champions visual artists. Outside of curating exhibitions, Lynwood’s own work has been displayed across the United States, Europe, and China. He is known as an innovator in the artistic techniques of screen-printing, especially his revolutionary water based processes that forever moved artists away from the health hazards of traditional printmaking. Lynwood has taught and demonstrated his research in water based screen-printing at over 50 colleges and universities worldwide, including New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, China, and Belgium. His works are featured in more than 60 museums, including the US State Department’s Art in Embassies program in Washington D.C., the Royal Museum of Antwerp in Belgium, the Philadelphia Art Museum in Pennsylvania, the San Diego Art Museum in California, The Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois, the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and The Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, France. In 2006, Lynwood received the lifetime achievement award for Excellence in Teaching Printmaking at the Southern Graphics International Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, and later, in 2015, he received the top prize in the Society of American Graphic Artists centennial exhibition held the Art Students League in New York City.
Lynwood Kreneck was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2023