Central City artist exhibit

Central City artist exhibit

CENTRAL CITY — “The Legacy of Nebraska,” a collection of paintings from Central City artist Todd Williams celebrating the Nebraska Sesquicentennial, will be on display for several months in the artist’s home town.

The exhibit opens with an artist talk and reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at HUB 46, located on the second floor of the old Merrick Manor building at 1415 16th St., and will remain on display through the end of the year.

The collection was a major project initiative of Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial in 2017. The collection of paintings representing each of Nebraska’s 93 counties toured the state and was extended by popular demand to Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue for the summer of 2018.

Williams’s mission was to depict significant historic, geographic and figurative elements from each of the 93 counties. He worked with historians, sponsors and leaders in each county to help him determine significant subjects.

The resulting 123 paintings inspired thousands of people in Nebraska and reach 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. “The Legacy of Nebraska” project was one of the first initiatives to be endorsed by the Nebraska 150 Foundation and Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission.

Of that original collection, 81 paintings were sold. The remaining paintings are still available for sale.

The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

“There are still some remarkable paintings left and we hope that ideally many of them could find permanent homes within the state,” said project manager Amanda Mobley Guenther. “There are still significant historical figures depicted in the collection, like Buffalo Bill and George Flippin, as well as beautiful Nebraska landmarks like Chimney Rock, Platte River and the Sandhills. Viewers can also still see important historic events like the Dust Bowl.”

For more information, contact Williams at (402) 309-9950 or todd@toddwilliamsfineart.com; or Guenther at (550) 559-0862 or amanda@nebraska150.org.