Robert Henri Museum Visiting Artist Gallery
Creativity is not a separate act, but an integral part of being. Creating art is not just something I do, but
a manner in which I live. It is about
finding beauty in the mundane, each day observing the world as if I have never
seen it before. I have always been intrigued with shape, color, line and
texture. Using a mix of media within a non–objective/abstract theme allows me
to explore those things while creating my art.
My work is reflective of what I enjoy most, the creative process, it is
much more than gluing down my stained papers into a pleasing design. It is
about building layers and bringing out the beauty in the mundane. It is about the journey I enter when I
approach my paper and bring to light what is intrinsic. It is time with God, an act of worship. The final layers of the process are added
through community, conversations brought through the eyes of the viewer that
expose layers of ideas and meaning that are new to me. . I am fascinated with
how the viewer relates to my work. It is
through this dialog and relationship building that my creativity grows and
This is the first artist-in-residence the museum has hosted since the 1980s and we hope to have great community participation starting in July. His name is Caleb Groves, a Hastings College student who will be graduating in 2014 and lives in Blue Hill, NE. He'll bring his talent to the museum in many mediums to work with all age groups, the school, the town and the Wilson Library. He's a gifted artist with many ideas tp share. More on Caleb later. We were able to have this program thanks to a grant from Union Pacific Railroad. U.P. has always been a generous benefactor to the Henri Museum - this is just another example of our putting in a request and having a positive response from them.
Kjell Cronn was born in North Platte, Neb., and raised in Cozad. Having inherited the busy imagination of his father, Keith, grandmother, Doris, as well as his maternal grandfather, architect Myron E. Jensen, he was encouraged in his drawing and building from childhood onward.
He began forming a notable college art career at the University of Kansas, and then the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, winning the Howard Award Fellowship as well as the Vreelend Award Fellowship, and the Hazel V. Emely Award Fellowship. Next, to the San Francisco Art Institute, for the terminal degree in studio art, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) which he earned in 1996.
Nicole Rowe Fowler
Nickie Rowe Fowler lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband John and four
children. Nickie grew up on a farm near Cozad, Nebraska and graduated from the
University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in French &
Psychology. She first realized her love
of painting in junior high and has enjoyed working in the abstract ever
since. She has exhibited and sold her
work in and around Denver for the past 10 years and currently works on a
commissioned basis. Visit Nickie on her
Facebook page: Nickie Fowler Original Art.
Welcome Patrick Kikut from Laramie, WY as the Robert Henri Museum’s
latest guest artist in the gallery upstairs. This is what Patrick says of his
Goodbye to Greenhill is composed of eight oil-on-canvas paintings
(19x39 inches framed). The images are derived from gravestone rubbings from the
Greenhill Cemetery that was located across the street from my old Laramie, WY
studio. My intention was to use imagery from the headstones to create a
narrative that reflects the importance our culture places on landscape,
animals, adventure and motorized vehicles. To show a progression (and give a
sense of narrative) the canvasses transition from light chromatic grays to
darker values. Also, the imagery moves from landscapes, to landscapes with
animals and onto open spaces featuring trucks, capers and snowmobiles. As I was
painting this body of work, I realized that the images on the headstones were a
lot like the images on bumper stickers and hats worn by folks in this region. I
see the engraved images as final bumper stickers that speak both to the
individual and to the collective values of this particular community.
June 1-July 4
Robert M. (Bob) Adams
My first experience of lathe work and wood turning was in 1945 in shop class in high school. I loved it. It wasn't until 1990 I again used a wood
lathe when my son, Harry Adams, invaded my house with his wood lathe. Not long after that I invested in my own lathe and since then I have turned over 500
pieces, including lamps, platters, bowls, boxes, goblets, music boxes, vases, etc. I have given away many pieces to my children, grandchildren and other
relatives and friends. One piece of ash, aspen and blood wood had a total of 283 pieces, the most so far. All my turnings are clear finished which shows the
natural color of the wood. I now have wood turnings on display in Prairie Winds Art Gallery in Grand Island, NE.
When asked, "How do you do that?" I tell them I start with a tree. I kid folks and tell them, it probably saved mymarriage. Every time my wife gets fire in her eyes - I head for my dog-house and make lots of sawdust and shavings. It is a great hobby for me and I'll
probably do it as long as I'm able.
July 4- Mid August
Jorn C. Olsen
In 1997, Jorn purchased his first digital camera and became enthralled with the possibilities of digital photography. In January 2005, he purchased a wide format color printer and began printing large photographs for friends, who encouraged him to market his work. The photographs of the unusual and spectacular Mammatus Cloud formation (below), he captured on June 12, 2004 have brought him a great deal of notoriety. Most of Jorn's photographs are from Nebraska, but in recent years he has expanded his collection past the borders of Nebraska. He has recently published a book entitled "Across a Wide Horizon" which will be available for purchase during this time. For more information about Jorn Olsen and his works, visit his web page at: http://www.jornolsen.com/
Mid August - Sept. 30
Patrick was raised in a small beach town in Southern California. He left California in 1987 and lived and worked throughout the West. Patrick earned a BFA from University of Colorado in 1990 and went on to earn his MFA in 1994 from the University of Montana.
He is currently living, working and teaching at the University of Wyoming as an Academic Professional. Recurring themes in his work come from extensive highway travel. Traveling allows Patrick to access into compelling landscapes, stories, and cultures. His exhibit will feature a kind of narrative that was derived from doing gravestone rubbings in the Greenhill Cemetery in Laramie, Wyoming. For more information about Patrick, visit his web page at: http://www.uwyo.edu/art/faculty/patrick_kikut.html
Doug Waterfield, Associate Professor of Art and chair of the department of art and art history at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is showing 15 works at the Robert Henri Museum, from May 31 until June 30th. The abstract works represent a five year exploration into pictorial symbolism, dealing with subjects ranging from the Last Supper, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the expressiveness of human handwriting. The works were produced from 2003-2008 and range in media from printmaking to works in watercolor and pastel. The works are available for purchase.
Waterfield has shown his work nationally for the past 25 years. He is currently also exhibiting at the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada and has a show of eleven paintings at the National Nuclear Science Museum in Albuquerque, NM until December 31. His work is accessible on the web at http://www.dougwaterfield.com
July - Mid August
Our second visiting artist of the season is Laurie Albin of the Albin Studio in WaKeeney, Kansas. Laurie Price Albin has been painting professionally for 33 years, receiving her art degree at Hastings College. From working as a medical illustrator, teaching K-12 art, to years of freelance artwork, Laurie has always gone through life with the artist's perspective of possibility, in everything. Laurie has had numerous one woman exhibits across the midwest, and is a signature member of the Kansas Watercolor Society and Georgia Watercolor Society. Portrait and other custom commission works, outdoor and interior murals, and full time teaching compliment her family life. For any further information and viewing of her work, go to www.albinstudio.com
Laurie's works will be on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery at the Robert Henri Museum throughout the month of July until the middle of August.
Mid August - End of the Season
The third visiting artist is Brett Erickson. Brett is an Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at Hastings College and was the supervisor of the new website update for the Robert Henri Museum. Brett is also a landscape photographer. For more information about Brett Erickson please visit his biography page on the Hastings College Website: Brett Erickson
If you or someone you know is interested in displaying original artwork in our gallery please contact us.
or (308) 784-4154