Current Exhibition


In the Presence of Trees
Photographs by Michael Flecky

Gallery Reception: Thursday, November 17th, 5 to 7 p.m.
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts presents a new exhibition, In the Presence of Trees: Photographs by Michael Flecky, beginning Monday, November 14th and continuing through Friday, December 16th, 2016. The gallery reception will be held Thursday, November 17th, 5-7 p.m., and coincides with our Third Thursday Open Studio event.

Flecky’s recent series of photographs began during a sabbatical while an Artist-in-Residence at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Flecky created photographic images using leaves and branches from the imposing cottonwood trees on the Ucross grounds. These amazing found objects returned with him to his Ucross and Omaha studios, and have influenced his treatment of other natural materials in his photography. Flecky photographs these natural still life arrangements in traditional and experimental ways, with a large format film camera, scanning the film negatives, and exposing objects directly to photographic paper as “photograms” or cameraless images. The resulting black and white images are highly detailed but surprising unfamiliar in their scale and context; they are simultaneously crisp and haunting.

Michael Flecky SJ was born in Omaha, and has BA, MA, and MFA degrees from St. Louis University and Rochester Institure of Technology. His photographs have appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, and he has participated in numerous artist residency programs. He teaches photography at Creighton University, and his book Hopkins in Ireland: Pictures and Words, was published by Creighton University Press in 2008.



The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 Third Corso in Nebraska City and is regularly open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and for special events. Both the exhibit and the reception are free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public of all ages. KHN is a program of the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc

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