Hidden among the cornfields and prairie grasses of rural Nebraska are thousands of talented artists.
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.”
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.
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 nebraskaruralliving.com/fine-art. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.