My painting practice involves following intuitive impulses; I allow my internal dialogue to highlight people, places, and events from which to make paintings. I come from a military family. From that background I learned to quickly understand and adapt to new surroundings and people. There is a close connection between the strategies that I employed as a child to understand my new home, school, people, and the decisions I make in choosing subjects and sources. Bio...

Byron Anway

My ambition to paint/sculpt is fueled by a creative urge that remains after a successful career in the design profession.As an architect turned artist I have an attraction to pure shapes, perhaps it is an obsession. My work tends to be minimalist sometimes leaning toward hard edge....

Deon Bahr

"It's in your hand, your eye, the only way to learn to paint is to paint. What makes an artist isn't necessarily skill or talent, it's something else. A lot of people have a considerable ability to draw or paint but aren't interested in approaching it in a serious or thoughtful way. It's far more important to me to learn to see what is essential and paint from the heart. If the viewer is sensitive they will respond to the emotion you put into it." Artist Bio Greeley Colorado...
Greeley, Colorado

Clifford T. Bailey

My father was a gardener and one of his greatest gifts to me was the gift of faith that a seed planted will sprout and grow.  Nature, seeds and seed pods have a metaphoric presence in my work, speaking of my father, of life, of potential, and of rebirth. Sioux City Iowa...
Sioux City, Iowa

Jeff Baldus

    Dream and reality have always interplayed within my work.  Our family farm was in a part of the Nebraska Sandhills called Mirage Flats.  At certain times of day, the light played on the fields and on the clouds casting illusions of blue mountains. My father worked on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and my childhood daydreams were blanketed with stories my father would tell at night of the happenings on the Lakota Sioux Reservation....

Wendy Jane Bantam

Potentiality. The potential of the subconscious and of objects. Hubris, humility, physicality, myth, literature, the psyche, and scientific processes inform my creation. I want to create freely and express the importance of the individual and community, a transformation of the normal, abnormal, and fantasy. Joseph Beuys’ transformation of substance, art that is always in process, is a concept that keeps me in flux, resolution against tension. I want to create with the intentions of social sculpture....

Heidi Wiren Bartlett

Weight, stability and permanence are important to me; this must be why industrial components, architectural forms and landscapes have always influenced my work.  Combining steel and concrete has become a life long approach to building form though I often bring into the mix plastics, wood, and stone to expand on this foundational dialogue.  I intentionally leverage the implied utility that industrial materials posess while avoiding the literal.  My new sculpture continues the visual themes I have been developing for over 30 years.  My work begins with the considerations that all constructio...

Mike Baur

My recent photographic work is set in a worn room, purposefully spare; a scene meant to reveal elements of the instinctual self, our private functions, comforting daily tasks, and personal gestures of ritual.  Here, we are preparing for the world outside the room, or unwinding from that which it has put upon us throughout the day.  I am interested in how this effort, repetition, and emotion translates to space through the body. ...

Todd Brown

I am an oil painter. The supports for my work include canvas, paper and masonite because I feel that each surface demands a different approach and yields variation to my work. The formal issues of painting are of major importance: namely exploration and reinvention of form, surface texture, muted color and close value changes. The visual images in my painting while often representational usually lie somewhere between the tangible and the abstract. Within those boundaries, I am concerned with the subtle discoveries about the natural world. Artist Bio Lincoln Nebraska...
Lincoln, Nebraska

Judith Burton

I am intrigued by the harmony that can be created between stone and steel.  These materials inherently speak of strength and permanence, yet they have the ability to express fluidity and elegance.  My work investigates ways to generate these qualities.   I desire the material and form to elicit a response that is personal to the observer.  Recently I have integrated glass lenses into my work.  I appreciate the way they distort ones view of the world in real time.  With the “Perceptual” series, I aspire to make this visual diversion accessible in ways that engage the viewer.  Currently I am...

Chris Cassimatis

I am drawn to the broader accessibility and inclusive nature of the human subject. The dynamic human condition seemingly maintains an endemic struggle of reality and perception.  I attempt to draw from and on these perceptions and realities of the various aspects of the human experience, e.g. free will, fatalism, power, weakness, wisdom, ignorance, faith. Inspired by the human subject's enigmatic existence that allows for endless interpretations I tend to find myself in a state of flux, searching for the boundaries of banality and transcendence. Bio...

Richard Chung

Printmaking and computer animation do have a lot in common. I have made prints since the early 1970’s and worked with computer generated imagery since the mid 1980’s. I find that the overlap of technologies is often the most rewarding area to explore. In gallery situations I often exhibit prints and animations in the same visual space for a more interactive viewing experience....

Gary Day

     His conceptual work starts in 1994 with the series "Aqvatilis" and  in 1995 with "Homines", and following that he focuses on experiments with new materials and elements of glass, transparent just as elements of space, of limitation, and of projection....

Fulvio de Pellegrin

For me painting means being always on the lookout for an image/idea that excites. Sounds straightforward but it’s nothing like a straight line. So many things count: The creamy light of late afternoon; the abstract beauty of marks on the side of a train car; cows standing in silage... I search for a subject or a visual find that I just can’t walk away from. Some condition in nature or a subject grabs hold and I have to try and paint it. Happening upon such circumstances are magical gifts offered to a painter for sure. Moments of grace. Painting is a process of discovery and arrival....

Stephen Dinsmore

The art I make is strongly influenced by my childhood, where I lived in the woods of Houston, Texas.  I spent hours gathering, arranging and hiding treasures, such as sticks, feathers and rocks, among the trees.  From a very early age, I worked in empty defined spaces to create something new. ...

Janet Eskridge

As a boy, photographer Larry Ferguson watched his mother plant over 600 olive trees, each barely a foot high, to create a windbreak for the family’s farm in rural Nebraska. Forty years later, those saplings now soar to the sky, and even more indelibly, continue their looming influence over the photographer and his work. Modern Arts Midwest hosted Larry Ferguson: Moved By The Spirits, a solo exhibition of black-and-white photographs in October 2008. Omaha Nebraska...
Omaha, Nebraska

Larry Ferguson

Catherine Ferguson’s work is featured in public and private collections across the region, including  major Nebraska museums such as the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Museum of Nebraska Art and the Landmarks building. Awarded an Omaha Public Art Commission in 2004, Ferguson created Totem, a twenty-six-foot tall sculpture based on mythological effigy animals, installed at the entryway for Omaha’s Public Library Main Branch....

Catherine Ferguson

About the Artist George Haecker is an architect with a special interest in both historic preservation and contemporary design. His work has received numerous awards and been published nationally and internationally in US and foreign journals. In addition to architecture and his art, he sails, motorcycles and writes short poems from observations of our lives and world. He has three grown children and lives in Omaha with his wife Judy. Artist Statement  Omaha Nebraska...
Omaha, Nebraska

George Haecker

My sculptural concepts are conceived from mechanical, aerodynamic, industrial architecture and natural forms. Most sculptures start from sketched which are uploaded to CAD modeling software, altered and then fabricated. I work with carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Surface finishes include grinding, sanding, anodizing natural rust patinas and acrylic urethane painting....

Shannon Hansen

Himmelfarb has made a career of turning two-dimensional space inside-out and topsy-turvy: drawings so dense with imagery they appear to be calligraphy; calligraphic paintings that balance mark and space in an ambiguous dance of push-and-pull; colorful iconic forms that might be pictographs, could be figurative, might be pure abstraction; matrices of nervous line that are layered with residual forms/shapes from earlier paintings sometimes asserting themselves as foreground and sometimes acting as ghosts of paintings past, pentimenti offering quiet testimony to his persistent search for bala...

John Himmelfarb

Over the years, I have spent time traveling the highways and country roads that outline the fields and farms of Nebraska and Eastern Colorado. As the years have passed, I have observed fewer open fields under wide skies. They have been interrupted by sprawling subdivisions and cell phone towers. The clean white farm houses, red barns, and silver bins which have provided a beautiful contrast to the green and gold fields are being swallowed up by growing communities. Kearney Nebraska...
Kearney, Nebraska

Jennifer Homan

The tensions that exist between the natural and the built environments are at the heart of much of my work. Equally important is the notion of the metaphysical dimension of those environmental realities that we engage with on a daily basis. Im interested in that which is essential and immaterial. I associate dissociated forms and figures, textures and scales, to provoke a thoughtful consideration of the ability we humans have to synthesize dissonant visual, aural and tactile stimuli and make sense of their often unlikely and uncoordinated juxtaposition....

Michael James

The story of one's artistic activity can’t be succinctly communicated in words as a whole but words are useful to illustrate the stopping points along the way that help convey the many different motives that go into making art. From time to time I have “analyzed” my work in the ways cited below but any given work itself contains more of the past, present, and future than I am consciously aware of or can capture in with a single statement....

Thomas Jewell-Vitale

My challenge as a sculptor is to go inside an inanimate object and make it come alive.  Although my work is figuratively inspired, it remains abstract both in suggestion and articulation.  I go inside materials such as stone, marble, and alabaster, and discover their history to uncover the form within and bring out their inner voices.  The type of stone, its characteristics and origins are all part of what drives me into the heart of these materials....

Sora Kimberlain

Omaha Nebraska...
Omaha, Nebraska

Jacqueline Kluver

In my paintings, I mostly focus on the cute, adorable, whimsical, and goofy. My goal as an artist is to satisfy my need to create, and secondly to improve the quality of life of those around me by encouraging the lighthearted. Having painted since childhood, Kochen is now a painting instructor at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, IA where he was nominated for "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" in 2009. Sioux City Iowa...
Sioux City, Iowa

Mark Kochen

During the course of a bath, bather and water interact to create countless visual distortions. Our human awareness is essentially blind to the beautiful nuances of a simple splash save through the use of a camera. Using photographic references, I work predominately in oil paint and pastel. The ephemeral nature of a splash translates well in pastel, with its thin layers of dusty pigment sitting precariously on the paper’s surface. The viscous properties of oil paint are sensual enough to render flesh, while using wet media to portray wetness has metaphoric appeal. ...

Kelly Kozak-Manning

Roberto Kusterle was born in Gorizia ( Italy ) in 1948.
Since the Seventies he works within the field of the Visual Arts, devoting himself to painting and installation works. Since 1988 his interest for photograhy begins, that has become his primary way to express himself. He lives and works in Goriziavisit the artists website here....

Roberto Kusterle

I use my camera as a tool, like a brush or a pencil; tools are tools, extensions of the user, none more "artistic" than the other. The goal of my art is to turn looking in seeing, a goal common to nearly any art. My seeing typically involves a narrative and a search for direction. The rest is up to the viewer -- to engage seeing. Hastings Nebraska...
Hastings, Nebraska

David Lovekin

I have always loved to draw since I was a child and I just never stopped. My works in graphite and charcoal strive to explore the use of simple material to portray simple subject matter and composition with a borderline eccentric approach to detail. By working in black and grey scale mediums, the absence of color allows for a more stripped down, immediate translation and connection with the viewer and their senses. I use my own photo references for many of my drawings based on sheer time involved with the creation....

Justin Meyers

The human body has a continual presence in my work as an anthropomorphic mass of geometric shapes. Other geometric forms I favor evoke pattern, matrix and environment - associations of location. I am interested in what it means to have an intellect, instincts, and a spirit, and how these oppositions inherent in us come into balance. This is a problem for every individual human life, for human society, and human culture throughout history. I draw on many sources for inspiration: myth, philosophy, psychology, literature and scientific theory. Artist Bio Lincoln Nebraska...
Lincoln, Nebraska

Marjorie Mikasen

Stephen Mueller was born in Joliet, IL in 1952.  From the ages of 8 to 20 he lived in Switzerland, Germany and Australia.  He returned to America in 1972 to attend the John Herron School of Art where he studied with Gary Freeman and received his BFA in 1976. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Illinois in 1978. ...

Steve Mueller

As a painter and sculptor, I draw inspiration from the techniques and crafts of past masters and fuse them with contemporary issues that are important to me. I approach my artwork like an archaeologist in reverse: taking familiar objects from the present and representing them asmysterious relics of the past. I am especially drawn to pre-Renaissance iconography, and other periods in art history, when the shape of frames/formats became an integral part of the overall imagery. I usually sculpt and gild my own picture frames and consider them part of the work. Omaha Nebraska...
Omaha, Nebraska

Troy Muller

"This exhibition portrays my latest efforts to distill art from traditional subjects depicting the figure. The study of compositional devices and refined surfaces continue to produce intimate works that invite scrutiny from various aspects of the medium and image. A rendering of repeated images in graphite, watercolor and ink detail the struggle to capture life on pigment and paper." Artist Bio...

Charles Novich

     The need to create is certain. It is a truth in which all persons engage, sometimes without knowledge, but always with desire.  Painting, drawing and the exploration with various media offer a creative freedom I have not found in other endeavors, while at the same time providing an endless journey toward an unknown destination - a true reflection of life. Sioux City Iowa...
Sioux City, Iowa

Cathy Palmer

Gerard Pefung came to the U.S. from his native Cameroon as a teenager in 2001. Drawing on music and cultural influences, he continued nurturing his talent and by his twenties developed a sharp style all his own. Over the last few years his impact on the Omaha street art scene echoed through the Midwest. His work is found on walls and buildings throughout the region, and the events he coordinated have showcased his medium, encouraging the larger community to embrace urban art. Pefung has drawn on his success to mentor youth and advocate on behalf of public art....

Gerard Pefung

Since about 1977 I've been working on paintings that explore issues related to space, illusion, form and shape. As a child I drew and painted all the time. When I discovered there was such a thing as perspective, I was amazed and fascinated. The idea that one could create illusion of space or depth by following certain basic principles was magic to me. Lincoln Nebraska...
Lincoln, Nebraska

Merrill Peterson

Ken Peterson is a native of Portland Oregon where he was influenced by his work experiences in nature and the outdoors of Oregon, California and Alaska.  Following a degree in sociology at Portland State University, Ken eventually settled in Iowa where he developed his appreciation of wood and his distinctive "sociological" perspective in sculptural motifs. Consisting of hand formed and painted wood components Ken creates assemblages both wall hung and freestanding.  Often times there are integrated mechanical devices that allow reconfiguration or movement....

Ken Peterson

Aritst Statement     Incidentally and anxiously, I discover and draw from the meanderings of the female image, as it addresses me. I treat the cultural, commercial and personal as one in my work, through a process of collecting, collaging and manipulating fashion and personal images into my paintings. Elements coexist in the paintings to describe the anxiety associated with inhabiting a medial self-consciousness.  Edges disintegrate, limbs distort, paint melts into skin, and glances confront in discord....

Theresa Pfarr

A note from Lynn…I appreciate all things beautiful with great intensity.  These experiences become an actual physical part of me, as they blend with my personality.  I share these beautiful and personal feelings through my art.  Hence the motto: Art That Brings Joy!  Demonstration of these feelings through artistic expression brings joy to me, and I hope, joy to the viewer. Omaha Nebraska...
Omaha, Nebraska

Lynn Piper

I have lived in the Kansas City area since earning my bachelors degree from the University of Kansas. My studio is in the River Market District of Kansas City, Missouri. I have had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group shows regionally and nationally. I am represented by galleries in the Midwest and more recently in Philadelphia. My work is in both public and private collections. Kansas City Missouri...
Kansas City, Missouri

Jane Pronko

My four-year-old daughter is standing at her little easel, she's gripping one of those red Crayola fatties. Sponge Bob Square Pants is blasting from the television. I wonder whatever happened to my cartoon heroes, "Foghorn Leghorn, and, Heckle and Jeckle?" My kid says, "look Pop, a circle!"... Shape. I flashed back to when I was a kid, drawing whacked out bugs, and flying saucers on Xerox paper with one of those big black magic markers that would gas you out. ... Line....

Tom Rierden

Epistemologythe studio in my window...to knowing by seeing.mark by mark...what is before meandwhat is inside merevealing more and more...questioning foundations and validityuntil in the work,I can see my epistemology Omaha Nebraska...
Omaha, Nebraska

Larry Roots

Recently, I have embarked on a new body of work that I call “painting with paper”. Through the use of hand-made, archival paper on board, these abstract images reflect formations of nature—geological phenomena, landscapes, fissures and strata. Some images allude to archaeological themes. My work in sterling sliver pendants, pins and brooches reflect, as well, natural elements of water and geological textures—each a unique work of wearable art—signed and dated. Lincoln Nebraska...
Lincoln, Nebraska

Joe Ruffo

I love the spontaneity of gesture, so connected to impulse and intimacy. I employ light, transparency and spatial movement  as I work. Drawing brings to my life a heightened sense of the now. I am respoinding to inspiration drawn from nature, time and intimacy, feeling the present moment through the work, with the reality that we are alive right this second. The act of drawing is my subject. I work through process to produce contrasts of line, tone and motion in search of an image I can identify with. Manhattan Kansas...
Manhattan, Kansas

Teresa Schmidt

I love taking a blank sheet of paper or canvas and making something interesting, an object worthy of contemplation. I’m drawn to imagery that evokes solitude and quietness. Humor is also important to me. Against this hushed backdrop of humor and solitude, the concept of transition often dominates the foreground. My best works are a glimpse of what it’s like to be alive and aware at a particular moment....
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Bill Shaffer

Bill Shaffer

When we look at the patterns of neckties, it is so different from the patterns of poison frogs, nevertheless they resemble each other in complexity and artificial-like colors.  What makes this ultimate subtle difference between them?The very basic Buddhist principle is “everything is changing.” Nothing is static in this world. When we look at a tiny leaf, although it looks static, it contains thousands of cells that keep dying and rebirthing.  Likewise, my artistic ideas always communicate to this cycling idea, and this leads me to create my own transformed natural world. ...

Woohyun Shim

My pottery is landscape based.  Intrinsically, I create open forms that gently hold space; glazes break over my carved surfaces, referencing pooling, freezing, thawing and eroding.  A cool palate has brief encounters with warmth as I generously expose the porcelain body.  Simple, able and responsive my vessels are described as ‘serene’.
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Amy Smith

Colin C. Smith’s paintings and sculpture expand the conventions of painting. Beginning with the joys of material, color and the graphic image, Smith’s newest works are aggressive, buoyant and difficult to classify. The wall works reference minimal painting and expressionism, yet their colors and forms are fully contemporary. The floor sculptures are playful and casual, yet their offhandedness belies a rigorous process and intentional mark making. Nebraska...
Nebraska

Colin C. Smith

Landscape photography for me is an ordering device. The boundaries of the frame organize space and objects. Being at the right place at the right time with the right equipment in the right frame of mind is essential. The photographs which result are documents of the physical landscape, but while the palate is sky, earth and trees, the reason for doing it is to create a visual image of an emotional response to the place where I am. Lincoln Nebraska...
Lincoln, Nebraska

John Spence

My recent work is influenced by a myriad of visual and conceptual interests, from Japanese architecture to Norse Mythology. At the core of the work however is an absolute passion for surface and color. With surfaces that vacillate between minimal and decorative, I strive to marry image and object. The contrast between organic form and tightly articulated areas of color is a cornerstone of this process and provides a limitless context to work within. As a visual scribe I intend to author work that is universal, evocative and ultimately poetic. I seek that elusive magic... Lincoln Nebraska...
Lincoln, Nebraska

Michael Strand

Through my work, I seek to understand self, concept, object and material in order to provoke thought and stimulate the visual experience of the viewer. I use texture and object to connect with culture for both reference and visual preservation. Repetition is used to study concepts further and to create individual objects in the same family. These elements embed a context in my work and create a visual style that is both spontaneous and technical....

Iggy Sumnik

I paint and I construct.  Both my paintings and assemblages use the metaphor of excavation.  My formal education in landscape architecture and classical archaeology provides structure to artistic flights of fancy that always seem to revolve around some form of revelation:    The attempt to unearth an object or solve a mystery.          Uncovering/Covering.           Leaving a Trace,               a Vestige,...

Graceann Warn

For Lincoln, Nebraska native Edwin Carter Weitz, painting is about the navigation of space. "It causes you to move through an environment in ways you normally wouldn't. Along the way it makes connections, stirs up memories and causes you to feel. That's why we're drawn to it," he says. As president of creative services for one of America's most innovative advertising agencies, Weitz uses painting as an alternative outlet. However, it's a form of expression that falls naturally out of the visual communication challenges associated with the creation of marketing messaging....

Edwin Carter Weitz

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Don Williams