Gurley, Nebraska, United States

Artworks by J. I. McElroy


Born and raised on Nebraska cattle ranches, I have a great love, respect, and total wonderment for nature, wide-open spaces, the land and its inhabitants, and the actually extraordinary common everyday happenings of them all.  These are depicted almost exclusively in my artwork, which is accomplished in a realistic style.

J. I. McElroy

Producing art is what I do for a living -- heart and soul -- it is in me to do.  Whether it is commissioned art, commercial art, or fine art of my own choosing, I enjoy it all! 

What makes me paint or draw a particular subject can vary.  Sometimes I am so awed with a scene or its colors that I try to preserve it on paper or canvas and share that scene with anyone who might have missed it!

  Other times I am so delighted with all the lights and darks, smooth and rough textures, and so forth, that I am compelled to see if my eyes can see it all and if my hands can record it.  Sometimes I simply try to pass on the humor, wholesomeness, and wonder of people, places, and events that I am encountering on life’s highways.  Sharing wonders--what a joy!

Honors, Awards, Education, Galleries. . .

  AMERICAN PLAINS ARTISTS   National/International Juried Exhibits--Various museums and galleries in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska: 2017-2009, 2008 Award of Excellence, 2007, 2006 Museum Purchase Award, 2005, 2004, 2002 Third Place Award & “Select 27” Exhibit

APA Signature Shows: 2017, 2016 Golden Spur (Artists’ Choice) Award, 2014, 2013  

ASSOCIATION OF NEBRASKA ART CLUBS --Various Nebraska Cities Awarded to be in Show Many Years; Top 25 Traveling Show 2015, Honorable Mentions 2017, 2009, 2004, and 2001 

ART SOCIETY OF OGALLALA – Ogallala, NE Petrified Wood Gallery, Ogallala, NE—2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012; You’ve Been Framed, Julesburg, CO— July 2014; Meadowlark Gallery, Grant, NE—April 2015, May 2012 

THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACE—Lewellen, NE Featured Artist: October 2015 

PRAIRIE WINDS ART CENTER--Holyoke, CO Featured Artist: September 2015 

CHEYENNE COUNTY ART GUILD--Sidney, NE Spring Show: 2015 through 1994, Numerous Awards Including 2009 People’s Choice and 2001 Best of Show; “The Star-Spangled Banner” Exhibit 2012 

2SHOT GOOSE HUNT ART SHOW--Torrington, WY Quick Draw & Auction--Invited 2015, Participated 2014, 2013, 2012 


CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER—Alliance, NE Three-Woman Show: July 2-August 25, 2013; CCAG Featured Exhibit: 2013 & 2011; Juried Anniversary Show: 2010; Anniversary Show 1997 & Carnegie Art Center Western Show 

CRANE TRUST NATURE & VISITORS CENTER--I-80 Exit, Alda, NE  Two-Woman Show: Sept.-Oct. 2012; Invited Artist Exhibit: Mar.-Apr. 2012 

   GRAND DUKE ALEXIS RENDEZVOUS Last Great Buffalo Hunt – Hayes Center, NE  First Official Rendezvous Artist: 2010  

WESTERN SPIRIT SHOW & SALE--CFD Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY  Juried Show: 2008 and 2004 Quick Draw Artist, 2001

   FORT ROBINSON WESTERN AND WILDLIFE ART SHOW--Crawford, NE  Invitational: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2004, and 2003 


Bachelor of Arts Degree --Degrees in Art and Business Administration, Chadron State College,  Chadron, Nebraska 

At various times teaches classes and workshops in Watercolor, Drawing, Color and Design  

Continues to take art workshops, read, study, think, and experiment



American Plains Artists – Present--2002  Elected to Signature Member Status in 2006; Show Chairman--Present—2006

 The Art Society, Ogallala, NE –Present-2011 

Association of Nebraska Arts Clubs –Present--1994 


J. I. McElroy's artwork can be found in public collections in the U.S.A. and in private collections internationally.


Price Gallery & Framing, 213 N Main St., Valentine, NE -- 402-376-1414

Sidney Feed, 418 Illinois St., Sidney, NE  308-254-3308

The Bunkhouse, 11730 RD 40, Gurley, NE  308-249-1488


For a complete biography contact the artist.  

Upcoming Art Shows


Ole #1 Firehouse Art Center, Pawhuska, OK

By Invitation Only Donors Meet & Greet and Opening Reception

Friday, March 23, 2018, 6-8 PM

For invitation contact

Open to the public March 24-April 28, 2018


Quartermaster Bldg, Fort Concho, San Angelo, TX

Opening Reception, Thursday, June 28, 2018, 5:30-7:30 PM 

Public welcome to attend

Open to the public June 29-August 5, 2018


 at the Petrified Wood Gallery, Ogallala, NE

September 4-October 2, 2018

Open to the Public  --  Call the Petrified Wood Gallery for the hours and more information -- 308-284-9996.

Quotes About My Artwork

"I view Judy's art as an invitation on canvas, bidding me to follow her path through nature's trail and linger in its beauty."  

-- Mary P., Colorado

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours --  which can vary greatly due to traveling to art shows, gardening, going fishing, mucking out the barn, enjoying the great outdoors, and living life.  So, please call in advance to make an appointment if possible.  Otherwise just stop by!

To inquire about purchasing an artwork or commissioning an artwork, email us below.  Click on "Drop Us A Line" or send a letter to the address listed.

The Bunkhouse

11730 RD 40, Gurley, NE 69141, US

(308) 249-1488

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