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Artists grow well in rural Nebraska

Hidden among the cornfields and prairie grasses of rural Nebraska are thousands of talented artists.

Jeremy Hansen
Jeremy Hansen

From their studios, classrooms, garages and spare bedrooms, they create professional masterpieces that tell the story of rural Nebraska – the peaceful and beautiful landscapes, the unique and hard-working people, and the exotic wildlife.

Nebraska Rural Living wants to showcase these artists in its new Fine Art in Towns Under 10,000 online art gallery.

The virtual gallery will give readers around the globe another glimpse of rural Nebraska and show that our state isn’t just cornfields and cows.

Platform to share and sell rural Nebraska art

The goal of the gallery is to give artists a platform to share and sell their art while at the same time increase knowledge and appreciation of life in rural Nebraska.

Betty Sayers, Nebraska Rural Living online magazine founder, said she has met so many talented rural artists in the past decade since starting the online publication. She wanted to create a virtual art gallery to showcase these artists.

“There are very few galleries in rural Nebraska,” Sayers said. “Yet we have all these artists.”

Bluebird Feeding
Taken in Central Nebraska. I hope the images show Nature’s beauty and why we need to protect it so others can enjoy it. – Don Brockmeier

While Nebraska Rural Living’s magazine uses words, phrases and photography to tell the story of rural Nebraska, Sayers said artists provide yet another way to share the message.

“Who can better illustrate than an artist the culture, the lifestyle and the landscape of rural Nebraska?” she said.

Artists submitted their sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs by August 1 to be considered for the debut of the online art gallery in mid-August. Entries will continued to be accepted throughout the year with quarterly deadlines of November 1, February 1, May 1 and August 1.

The Children's Hour
life-size bronze group
Public Library, Syracuse, NE – Sondra Jonson

Art will be juried by a professional sculptor, painter and photographer who also live in rural Nebraska. Selected artists will secure a space on the Nebraska Rural Art online gallery, where they can promote, display and sell their art.

Year-round  submissions accepted

Art will be accepted throughout the year for future consideration for the gallery. Submissions will be juried each quarter (November 1, February 1, May 1 and August 1). New artists will be added each quarter if selected.

To submit pieces for review, artists must have a Nebraska address in a rural town with a population of 10,000 or less. Artists are also encouraged to have a website so that patrons can purchase their work through the online gallery.

For rules and criteria and to submit art to be juried for the online gallery visit Artists will be asked to upload five high-quality images of their work and submit an artist’s statement and a short biography.

The Nebraska Rural Living Fine Art in Towns Under 10,000 gallery is funded with the support of the Phelps County Community Foundation, the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and private donors.

For more information, contact gallery coordinator Kristine Jacobson

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Kristine Jacobson

Kristine Jacobson is a writer, mom of three, farmer’s wife and unlikely promoter of rural Nebraska. In high school, she was the girl who couldn’t wait to move to the big city and escape her small hometown in rural Nebraska. She pursued her dream and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned a degree in journalism. After college, she married her high school sweetheart and a few years later found herself back in her small rural hometown. She now embraces the simplicity of life without crowds and traffic. She’s found great friends and lots of opportunities to make an impact in her small town. When she’s not writing or working for clients in her business (KRJPR), she can be seen on a bleacher somewhere watching her children participate in sports, or she can be found reading a book, biking, walking, camping or enjoying nature, scrapbooking or planning a trip somewhere. Her daughter calls her a “pictionarian,” or one who likes to take pictures, and “trippish,” meaning she likes to travel.

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