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about the exhibit

West Nebraska Arts Center, with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, is pleased to present 500 Days Art Exhibit by Jean Welborn from Atkinson NE in the Main Gallery. This show will be on display through Sunday June 23, 2019.


Jean Welborn was born and raised in Atkinson, Nebraska. Welborn completed a Bachelor of Arts at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska in 2012. She has shown work at the Lead-Deadwood Arts Center in Lead, South Dakota, The Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance, Nebraska, West Nebraska Arts Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, The Old Feed Store Art Center in Bassett, Nebraska, The City County Building in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Heartland Tasting Room in Blair, Nebraska. Welborn is a member of the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska, The Garden Gallery in Elkhorn, Nebraska, the Brick Road Artists in Blair, Nebraska, and the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs. Welborn and her husband currently reside in Blair where she enjoys a full-time career as a freelance artist. 

Artist Statement

After my grandfather passed away, I wanted to paint a tribute to him. He was a farmer. He lived on and worked the land in rural Nebraska for over eighty years. When I went back home for his funeral after living in Omaha, I noticed the stark differences between the city and the country life my grandpa had lived. I wanted this codependent relationship with the land and the culture of rural living to be a central part of my artistic tribute. I came up with the concept of 500 Days. I would paint and place portraits of tough country people outdoors in the countryside for hundreds of days.  I wanted the same land, weather, environment, and passing of time that shaped the lives of the people living there to dictate the painting’s fate as well. Once the twelve portraits were painted, I set up the installation by hanging them on posts on my uncle’s ranch near Atkinson, Nebraska. This experiment was a celebration of life and showed the contradiction that even though the elements were deteriorating the paintings they were also beautifully adding to them. During the scope of the project I made many trips back home to document the progress. The 500 Days gallery show is a reenactment of the outdoor installation and chronicles what transpired over that time through the original paintings, photographs, and essays. 

special thanks

A special thanks to volunteers Victor Dominquez, and Karen Mecklem, Judith Moore, Elaine Lebruska, Mel Medina for their assistance in the gallery. And thank you to the North Platte Valley Artist Guild for providing food for the opening reception.


about WNAC

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. find us on Facebook.

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The West Nebraska Arts Center is a cultural non-profit organization committed to education, awareness and excellence in the arts, serving the North Platte Valley Region.  WNAC is located at 106 East 18th Street in Scottsbluff, NE.  Visit the Arts Center’s website, www.thewnac.com or find us on Facebook to learn more.  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.