9" x 6" mounted on black wood panel to `8" x 10"



At the age of seven Chad picked up his first camera, a Kodak Box Brownie. Though the cameras may have changed, not his desire to create and capture an image. After graduating in 1976 from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, he made his move to NYC, where he spent the next 12 years working for over 100 professional advertising and editorial photographers. At the same time he was developing his own professional editorial and advertsing clients, while fine-tuning his style and sense of graphic design. He has been commissioned to create private and editorial portraits. He has taught extensively at photo seminars and symposiums in NYC, and was featured in the book “Getting to the Top in Photography” by Peter Gambaccini, published in 1984.


In 2006, after 30 years of living and working in New York City, he and his wife, artist Cheryl Lickona, made a permanent move to their home in the Hudson Valley. Since then he has become an active member of the local art community, including the Columbia County Council on the Arts and Greene County Council on the Arts, adding fine art photography to his commercial, editorial and commissioned work.


In 2008 he was selected as a recipient of the first New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) MARK program. During which he participated in public presentations, one at the Hudson Opera House and the other at Exit Art in New York City, where he discussed and presented his artwork and his vision. In 2010 he was selected to be a NYFA MARK Alumni Artist Consultant. 


In 2008 we has chosen to serve a three year term as a grant panelist for the Columbia County Decentralization Board and is now a member of their Advisory Board. In 2015 he was selected to return for another three year term.


In 2009 he was Chair of the 15th Annual ArtsWalk for the Columbia County Council on the Arts and continues to be a local arts’ and artist advocate.


He has been a member of the Hudson Business Coalition Steering Committee since 2010. He also hosts a monthy WGXC radio program; The Art of the Hudson Valley.


Stimulated by his environment, both geographical and artistic, Chad continues to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the profound in the elemental, and shares that through his images and his art.


"Dirty Bug" Chad Weckler


    Emerge Gallery & Art Space

    228A Main Street, Saugerties, NY  (845) 247-7515

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