Welpott received his Bachelors, Masters, and Masters of Fine Arts degrees from Indiana University. Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University in California and photographer, Welpott also conducts numerous photographic workshops throughout the world. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award and a Marin Arts Council Grant. His works have been exhibited in more than 200 museums and galleries around the globe, including a twenty-five year retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Osaka Cultural Center in Osaka, Japan, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona. Artforum, American Photography, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine are among the numerous publications in which his works have appeared. During his early childhood, Welpott lived in Sedalia, Missouri, and attended Mark Twain Elementary School. He has fond memories of his parents attending dances in a pavilion at Liberty Park. He recalls their fondness for jazz during those years and attributes his own love for jazz to his early introduction to it by his parents. After having moved from Sedalia more than 70 years ago, Welpott?s work has returned and become part of the photography collection at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art.