Current Exhibition

Renewing and Forgetting: Art by Karen Kunc and Turner McGehee
Monday, March 16 to April 10, 2015
Reception: Friday, April 10 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Monday, March 16, 2015 brings the opening of the exhibition Renewing and Forgetting: Art by Karen Kunc and Turner McGehee at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

Renewing and Forgetting speaks to perpetual transformation and cycles of loss and discovery. The works on paper by Karen Kunc and Turner McGehee, two Nebraska-based artists, are informed by both natural worlds and imaginary ones. Visions of water, washing away, or being pulled out to sea compliment the emergence of collective archaeological remnants lying beneath the waves.

Karen Kunc’s prints and artist’s books stem from her contemplation of the forces of the natural world. Her works suggest ephemeral encounters and the immeasurability of time and distance. Her unique style of printing puts these notions into iconic images of creation and preservation to human myth and metaphor. Kunc is a Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her awards include Fulbright Scholar Awards to Finland and Bangladesh, two NEA awards, the 2007 SGCI Printmaker Emeritus Award, and many more. Kunc exhibits, teaches, and sells work around the world. Her work is in numerous collections including MOMA, Library of Congress, Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has lectured at over 200 institutions. In 2014, she opened Constellations Studios in Lincoln as a creative work-site for workshops, residencies and exhibitions.

Turner McGehee’s prints, drawings and paintings often refer to artifacts—lost, forgotten, excavated, found, and saved. His imagery signifies fossils, ancient ritual devices, geological specimens and the spiritual dimensions of earthly remains. McGehee is a Professor of Art and Art History at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. He has chaired the Art Department since 2000. Past exhibitions include the Joslyn Museum, Sioux City Art Center, the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Solo exhibitions include the Haydon Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Museum of Nebraska Art, and Louisiana State University. Overseas exhibits include ones in Taipei, Amsterdam, and Buchenbach. Recent independent lectures by McGehee have discussed the art of the ancient Maya, the relationship between jazz and visual imagery, the psychology of creativity, and the evolution of Christian iconography.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 3rd Corso in Nebraska City and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public. For more information, call 402-874-9600.

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