Artist wants Hudson Valley to preserve the works of his peers for future generations. 

 Produced by: Andrew Auger and Devin Zapka
 POUGHKEEPSIE – As renowned local artist Karl Volk approaches his 85th birthday, he longs to see his legacy preserved for future generations of art enthusiasts. His proposed solution: the creation of an art repository facility for the personal and public collections of Hudson Valley regional artists.
I Am Imprisoned By My Art

Self Portrait of Volk

“Being that I’m 84 years old and would really like to go to a retirement home, I cannot do that because right now I’m actually imprisoned by my art,” says Volk. “So I would like to have an art repository where I and other artists of my age can bring their works for future auctions.”

The exhibition spaces will accommodate for various kinds of art for display. This includes all corners of artistic expression, including two and three dimensional art, video, photography, sculptures, and more. It will allow for the art to be preserved until it can be auctioned to the highest bidder at many events.

One such event is the upcoming auction on September 23rd at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie. Volk has begun work with the organization to establish the Karl J. Volk Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded to students

I Am Imprisoned By My Art

Night Guardian by Volk

Karl J. Volk was born in Brooklyn during the heart of the Great Depression in 1932. Family tragedy and economic struggles led to him being sent across the Atlantic to Germany when he was only 11 months old. During his time there, he lived in the home of Mr. Adelbert Hock, a well-known painter who was best recognized for his altar pieces and scenic portrayals of Aschaffenburg. Following World War II, Volk returned to the United States with a sparked interest and passion for the artistic craft.

For several decades, Volk taught in the public school system of New York State before retiring in 1985. Following his 25 year teaching career, Volk has produced a large and diverse body of work that has been exhibited in the county, country, and internationally.

“I hope there will be other auctions so I can divest myself of my art work so I can go on with my life and my death,” says Volk.

For information on how you can get involved with the repository and/or the scholarship funds, you can contact Volk at 845-345-9484 or at


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