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about the exhibit      

The West Nebraska Arts Center, with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, is pleased to present The Legacy of Nebraska – Todd Williams Art Exhibit in our Bronson Gallery, Todd Williams art exhibit is comprised of 26 of the 93 oil paintings of Nebraska counties.

You are cordially invited to join us for an opening reception in our Bronson Gallery on Thursday, November 9th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for this beautiful exhibit. Meet the artist, as Williams will present a slide show and lecture about the Legacy of Nebraska project at 5:30 p.m. Slide show is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served and all are welcome!  This exhibit is sponsored by Nebraska Statehood 150, Omaha Steaks & Nebraska Arts Council & Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Nebraska celebrates and commemorates its 150th year of statehood in 2017. The Legacy of Nebraska project by Todd A. Williams is an official Legacy project of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial. The Legacy of Nebraska exhibition is a monumental exhibition heralding the nostalgia and history of Nebraska with 123 paintings, at least one for each of the state’s 93 counties. Internationally recognized Nebraska native, artist Todd Williams’ mission for the past 5 years has been to depict significant historic, geographic, and figurative elements from founding-era Nebraska. He has worked with historians, sponsors, and leaders in each county to help him determine significant subjects. These paintings have inspired thousands Nebraska residents and reached well beyond the state’s borders with a traveling exhibition, a commemorative collectors’ art book, and a documentary film produced by NET, Nebraska’s public television affiliate. Only 43 of the originals are still available for sale. Giclée prints are also available in select sizes and edition numbers. For more information about paintings and prints, contact Todd directly at Todd@toddwilliamsfineart.com.

Visit ne150.org for the exhibition tour schedule.


Todd Williams bio & artist statement

Having been born and raised in the great State of Nebraska, I’ve always been inspired by the awesome sunsets of my childhood. After receiving my education in Central City, Nebraska from grade school to high school, I knew God had gifted me to become a fine artist. I enrolled in classes at the Central Community College in Columbus, and graduated with an Associate’s Degree. I transferred to the Kansas City Art Institute where I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts. I then worked full-time for the next ten years for Hallmark Cards till 2002, when I officially resigned to pursue being a Professional Fine Artist.

It is my vision to give recognition and awareness of my great State and bring its beauty to life on canvas. My goal is to paint one or more Masterful Paintings of each county in Nebraska. I desire to show not only the historical legacy but also the diversity and simplicity of the landscape and landmarks.

Under the influence of the great turn of the century American Impressionists, some of the paintings will be created “en plein air” and others in the studio. The finished collection of paintings will travel throughout the State of Nebraska in 2017 for Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. At the first venue, we will have a Special Gala Reception for those parties (counties, state, corporate, or individuals) that have sponsored or contributed to the project.

Nebraska History Museum, Lincoln – March 1, 2017 – June 4, 2017
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island – June 17, 2017 – Aug. 21, 2017
Gallery 1516, Omaha – Sept. 1, 2017 – Oct. 15, 2017
Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, David City – Oct. 25, 2017 – Jan. 8, 2018
Dawson County Historical Society Museum, Lexington – Nov 1, 2017- Jan 6, 2018
Homestead National Monument of America – Oct. 20, 2017- Jan 8. 2018
Gallery 92, Fremont – Nov. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017
West Nebraska Arts Center, Scottsbluff – Nov. 9, 2017 – Dec. 30, 2017

My heart’s desire for this project is to reawaken an appreciation for the Arts while preserving the unique beauty and heritage that Nebraska has to offer. It is with great joy that I embark on this journey to capture the legacy of my birth place. I want to reveal Nebraska through the eyes of an Artist. I invite you to stand alongside me with pride as we take this journey together.

More information about his work can be viewed at: www.ToddWilliamsFineArt.com

Legacy of Nebraska -Todd Williams Art Exhibit can be viewed in our Bronson Gallery November 2nd through December 30th, 2017. Visit the gallery Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. Gallery admission is FREE and open to the public. 

Visit the gallery Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. Gallery admission is FREE and open to the public. 

special thanks

A special thanks to Jan Durnin, Vickie Schmitt and Phil Thompson for their assistance in the gallery. 

Sponsored by

C.A. Story Foundation

The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this program through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.  Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization, or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

The West Nebraska Arts Center is a 501c3 cultural non-profit organization committed to education, awareness and excellence in the arts, serving the North Platte Valley Region.  WNAC is located at the corner of 1st Avenue and 18th Street in Scottsbluff, NE.  Visit the gallery free of charge Tuesday through Friday 9 to 5, Weekends from 1 to 5.  www.thewnac.com. or find us on Facebook.