Educational Background

Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney)

Comprehensive Art Major - B.A. in Art, Sociology Endorsement

Awards

  2019  United States Department of State Art In Embassies Program -

     One painting selected to be on view at the official Ambassador's residence in Hanoi, Vietnam

•  2000-2002 United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program -

      One painting selected to be on view at the official Ambassador’s residence in Tirana, Albania

•  1998  Nebraska Arts Council Distinguished Achievement Fellowship Grant

•  1994  Mid-American Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts

                  Fellowship Award in Painting and Works on Paper
 

 

Selected National Exhibitions

2009  National Juried Competition, First Street Gallery, New York, New York

             Juried by Patterson Sims, President, Independent Curators International

1999  "Realism in Detail" - Paramount Gallery, St. Cloud, MN

       •   The Kreft National - Kreft Center for the Arts, Ann Arbor, MI

                Juried by Bonita Fike, Associate Curator for 20th Century Art, Detroit Institute of Art

       •   "Border to Border" - A National Drawing Exhibition - Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

                 Purchase Award - Larson Drawing Collection

1998    Stockton National IX Print & Drawing Exhibition, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA

1997    25th Anniversary Exhibition - Women's Caucus for Art, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL

                Juried by Faith Ringgold

       •   26th Bradley National Print & Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

              Awarded the Cullom-David Library Purchase Award

1996   "Texas National 96" - Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

                Juried by Faith Ringgold

1995   "Reality Check" -  Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ

       •  "Fred Wells 19", Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

1993    "Paper in Particular" - Columbia College, Columbia, MO

       •   "Scene and Unseen" - Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

1992    31st National Juried Art Exhibition - Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO

1990    "Stage Ninety-Two" - Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND

1989    Northern National Juried Art Exhibit, Nicolet College Gallery, Rhinelander, WI

1987, 1988   Galex 21 & 22 - Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL     Honorable Mention Award

1983   American Art Annual - Middleton Fine Arts Center, Middleton, OH

1982   Art Annual Three - Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Selected One, Two or Three Person Exhibitions

2016  Two Person - Wood, Paper, Graphite,  The ArtLoft Gallery, Omaha, NE

2010  Two Person - Sharing Space, Sunderland Gallery, Cathedral Arts Project, Omaha, NE

2009  Three Person - LANDSCAPES, Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE

2005  Two Person - Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

2001  Two Person - Norfolk Arts Center, Norfolk, NE

1999  One Person - Haydon Gallery, Lincoln, NE

1998  One Person - Governor's Mansion, Lincoln, NE

1995  One Person - Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE

1994  One Person - Anderson O'Brien Fine Arts, Omaha, NE

1992  Two Person - Hitchcock Humanities Center, Bellevue College, Bellevue, NE

1991  One Person - Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, IA

        • Two Person - 13th Street Gallery, Omaha, NE

1985  Two Person - Fine Arts Gallery, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

1984  One Person - University Place Art Center, Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

Museum Exhibitions

2007   Nebraska Now - Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE

Curated Exhibitions

2016  Terra Firma - Selected Landscapes from the Museum of Nebraska Art, Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE

2006  BIG: Art on a Grand Scale, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE

2002  Women Artists From the MONA Collection, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE

Selected Invitationals

2019   Artist Invitational, Sunderland Gallery, Cathedral Arts Project, Omaha, NE

2018   65+ - An Exhibition of Fine Art, Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE

2015   Artist Invitational, Sunderland Gallery, Cathedral Arts Project, Omaha, NE

2014  Survey: Omaha Artists, Michael Phipps Gallery, Omaha, NE

2013  Group Show, Arthaus, San Francisco, CA

2012  Symbiosis, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

2006   SARAH 2006 GEORGE Art Auction, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

2005  Nebraska Women Artists, Bellevue University Art Gallery, Bellevue, NE

       •  A Fresh Perspective, Recent Acquisitions and New Works, Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE

2003  paper trails, Arthaus, San Francisco, CA

2000  Paper Products, Arthaus, San Francisco, CA

       •  Visions of the Prairie: The Great Plains at the Dawn of the Millennium -

           Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE

1997  Summertime - a Group Exhibition, Arthaus, San Francisco, CA

1996  Six Women In Nebraska - Hillmer Art Gallery, College of St. Mary, Omaha, NE

1994  Picturing the Grasslands: Artists' Visions in Painting, Drawing and Photography -

            Great Plains Art Collection, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

1990  Of the Sky - Center for Great Plains Studies Art Collection, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

       •  National Contemporary Exposition of Artists of Achievement,

               C.W. Post College, Long Island University, Brookvale, N.Y.

1989  Prairie Landscapes, Spiva Art Center, Joplin, MO

1987  Farming the Heartland, Reuben Saunders Gallery, Wichita, KS

Selected Regional Exhibitions

2019   "Nebraska Artist Biennial" - Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE   *Artist's Choice Award, Third Place Painting

2017   "Nebraska Artist Biennial" - Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE

2008   61st Juried Exhibition - Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA

                Juried by Christoph Heinrich, Curator, Denver Art Museum    Second Place Award

2007   "Bridges" - Norfolk Arts Center, Norfolk, NE    Best of Show Award

2006   "Art in the Woods" - Overland Park Arts Commission, Overland Park, KS

1994   "Prairie Lights Showcase" - Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE

1993   "Art in the Woods" - Overland Park Arts Commission, Overland Park, KS

              Juried by Richard Estes, internationally renowned contemporary realist painter

1992   River Market Regional Exhibition - Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

            two works accepted - Juror's Merit Award

               Juried by Gary Garrels, Senior Curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

        •  51st Annual Juried Exhibition - Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA      Juror's Honorable Mention

              Juried by Peter Morrin, Executive Director, J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

1991   Prairie Light Showcase - Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE    Award of Merit

             Juried by Michael Sanden, Director, Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, IL

       •  50th Annual Juried Exhibition - Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA    Juror's Honorable Mention

      •  Fred Wells 14 - Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

           Grumbacher Silver Award - Best of Show

1989   "The Missouri River - A Centennial Exhibition" - Dahl Fine Arts Center, Rapid City, SD

        •  39th Spiva Annual - Spiva Art Center, Joplin, MO

        •  Fred Wells 13 - Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE   Purchase Award

        •  T.J. Majors Art Exhibit - Peru State College, Peru, NE    Purchase Award

1988   38th Spiva Annual - Spiva Art Center, Joplin, MO     Third Place Award

1987   Central States Exhibition '87 - Pratt Community College, Pratt, KS

         •  Omaha Landmarks Show - Omaha, NE   Honorable Mention Award

        •  Biennial - Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA

              Juried by Thomas N. Armstrong III, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

         •  Fred Wells 11 - Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE   

               Grumbacher Bronze Medallian - Best Painting

1986   "Reflections 1986" - Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Exhibition, Norfolk Art Center,

             Norfolk, NE      Best of Show

       •  "Portfolios: Art from the Heartland" - Regency, Omaha, NE

                Juried by Henry Flood Robert, Director, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

                                  and George Neubert, Director, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE

1985   The Octagon Clay & Paper Show - the Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA

1984   18th Joslyn Biennial - Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

               Juried by George Neubert, Director, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE

       •   Fred Wells 8 - Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE     Purchase Award

1983   Central States Exposition III - Pratt Community College, Pratt, KS

       •   16th Annual Show - Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine, IA

1981    6th Annual Master's Touch Exhibition - College of St. Mary, Omaha, NE

     •   Second Women in Art Exhibition - Springfield Art Association Gallery, Springfield, IL

1980   Fred Wells 5 - Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

              Juried by Ivan Karp, O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY

       

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