scott_blazek_7Scott Blazek, born in 1950, was stricken with polio at the age of four. During this illness he began to draw. After his recovery (by God’s grace), he continued his graphic pursuits through elementary and high school in the New Orleans area. Attending the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL of Lafayette — now U L) he earned his B.A. In Advertising (Graphic) Design (’71). During college, he received various student awards in national competitions. Blazek pursued higher education at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, receiving a Master of Divinity in 1975. Following this, he has served three different congregational calls as a pastor in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, concluding with Immanuel Lutheran Church of Clovis, NM (1990 – 2012).   Pastoral Resume
As part time illustrator, Blazek has executed designs (in some cases — bas relief plasters) for numerous commemorative medallions/coins. He got his start in 1966 with Mardi Gras “doubloons” racking up hundreds of 6″ pen & ink designs over five decades. He designed the obverse for the 1989 Central States Numismatic Society’s 50th anniversary commemorative medallion (awarded through a national competition). He also designed the obverse for the 1993 — U.S. $5.00 gold coin commemorating James Madison & the Bill of Rights (one of six accepted designs out of over 850 nation–wide submissions and produced at the U.S. Mint at West Point). Some of his over medallions include the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther (1996); two “Prayer Coins” (1998 & 2000), Katie Luther (1999), and the first Reformation commemorative medallion of 21st century honoring the 600th anniversary of the ordination of Jan Hus (1401 – 2001). Blazek is currently working on a series of medallions, in conjunction with and available from the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau; each commemorating a formative event in the life of Martin Luther as we approach the 500th anniversary of the the Reformation in 2017.
Blazek has also designed numerous award-winning posters (including the 1997 Clovis Music Festival) and has illustrated eleven published children’s books (nine in the Clovis Crawfish series – Pelican Publishing Co.). He has also taught six semesters of Art Appreciation at Clovis Community College (1994 – 1995). Blazek has written and illustrated five coloring books entitled: God’s Ten Commandments for Small Children (1998), The Lord’s Prayer for Small Children (2000), The Nature of God for Small Children (2001), God’s Gifts for His Children (2002), and Super Heroes of the Bible (2007). He’s been showing his pen & ink drawings in the Albuquerque MasterWorks Miniature Exhibit over the years, and in 2008 received the Bardean Gallery Award for his entry. He was honored to host a one man exhibit at the Eula Mae Edwards Gallery, Clovis Community College, entitled, “Give Me Shelter” in 2010.
Blazek resides in Clovis, New Mexico (a mere coincidence to the name Clovis Crawfish — authored by Mary Alice Fontenot in the 60s-90s) with his wife Margaret, a teacher in the Clovis school system. They have five adult children: two boys and three girls. Blazek enjoys working with portraits, historic and religious themes in pen & ink, acrylic and bas relief sculpture.