Great Plains Art Collection

(formerly Center for Great Plains Studies Art Collection)

University of Nebrasks, Lincoln, NE



Prairie Music Suite


The exhibition "Prairie Music Suite" is showing through April 20, 2000, at the Great Plains Art Collection. A public reception, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Center for Great Plains Studies and UNL's Department of Art and Art History will take place on Friday, April 7, 2000 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. with a talk by David L. Faber, curator and participating artist, starting at 5:00 p.m. This event is in conjunction with the Center for Great Plains Studies' Symposium, "Bison: Past, Present, and Future of the Great Plains," April 6-8, 2000. (left: David L. Faber, Prairie Pedigree, 1999, intaglio, 42 x 31 inches, Courtesy of the artist)

Organized by Associate Professor David L. Faber at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the exhibit grew from a gathering of seven artists and a poet with a vision of the prairie. Robert Alexander Hedin, poet-in-residence presented to the artists his six poems with themes ranging from tornados and wind to baseball, prize sows, Ferris wheels and barns. The artists then dispersed and created works that were inspired by the poems. Imagery includes the artists' dreams and recollections of prairie places from their ancestry as well as the changing aspects of today's prairie. These encompass images of bison, elk and deer, tornados, tumbleweeds, and people of the prairies. In addition, the exhibit will feature scanned and enlarged photographs dating from the early 1900's with references to the conversion of the prairie from grasses to crop land.

Nationally recognized printmakers participating in the exhibit are: Derek Michael Besant from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary; K. Gwen Frank also from Calgary; Warrington Colescott and Frances Myers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison; David L. Faber transplanted from Illinois to Wake Forest, N.C.; Karen Kune from UNL; and James Westergard from Red Deer College in Alberta, and poetry by Robert Alexander Hedin, also from Wake Forest. The printmaking techniques incorporated range from such highly inventive methods as laser cuts on mipolan, an industrial grade linoleum, to more traditional color reduction woodcuts, aquatint, mezzotint, engravings and etchings. (left: Karen Kane, Tumbleweed)

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