Readers of Nebraska Rural Living have a new section to browse this month as we have officially launched the Fine Art in Towns Under 10,000 online art gallery after 10 Nebraska artists were selected to showcase their work on the site.
The selected artists hail from Meadow Grove in northeast Nebraska to McCook in southwest Nebraska. The art is showcased in the new online gallery where Nebraska Rural Living readers from around the globe can enjoy and purchase the art.
The artists range from art teachers to self-taught artists, a photographer and two sculptors, who tell the story of rural Nebraska through their art. Some realized their creative talents as children, and others discovered their niches later in life. We invite you to browse each artist’s page as they share their stories of how they became artists and where they find inspiration.
NRL art gallery founder Betty Sayers of Holdrege said she was surprised at the number of artists who applied to be part of the gallery during the first submission period.
“I’m impressed by the artistic quality of each piece in the gallery,” Sayers said. “And I think their art illustrates aspects of Nebraska that words cannot tell as well.”
First call brings great variety of Nebraska artists
Seventeen artists from across the state submitted artwork during the first call for entries. Art was juried by professional artists, and 10 were selected for the gallery during this first round.
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.
“I’m hoping artists market their art on the site and sell pieces to Nebraska Rural Living’s worldwide audience,” Sayers said.
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. Nebraska Rural Living is currently seeking future art gallery sponsors.
Additional art entries will be accepted throughout the year for future placement in the gallery. Submissions will be juried each quarter with the following deadlines: 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. For rules and criteria and to submit art to be juried for the online gallery visit nebraskaruralliving.com/fine-art.
Artists selected during the first round:
For more information, contact gallery coordinator Kristine Jacobson firstname.lastname@example.org.