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Peru State Art Professor’s Sculpture Places First in Center for Rural Affairs’ Winds of Life Project


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) Art Professor Ken Anderson’s windmill sculpture has won first place in Nebraska’s first-ever statewide arts and tourism “Winds of Life: Windmills Across Nebraska,” a project launched by the Center for Rural Affairs.


Entries, which consisted of original sculpture or folk art, were judged on workmanship, originality of design and overall harmony of the piece.


The sculpture, titled House, Wind, and Water, will be offered for sale during an auction that will be held from 5:30-8:00 p.m. this Saturday, March 29 at the Nebraska Opera House in Minden. Bidding will begin at $10,000.


PSC President Ben Johnson said, “I want to congratulate Ken on this outstanding achievement. It has been a privilege for the college to display his piece in our rose garden for the past several months. I’m sure that whoever purchases it at the upcoming auction will enjoy it just as much as the people in this community.”


Anderson said his sculpture is intended to evoke a strong image and emotion through the merging of steel and creative artistry. The lower portion of the piece is made of steel plate with overlapping edges, creating a riveted appearance that reflects the manufactured look of a conventional windmill. The upper portion of the piece, designed to swivel in the wind, is intended to give viewers the impression of a house reminiscent of the first straightforward homes built by early Nebraska farmers. The blades of the piece are located in the cradle of the ‘house,’ creating a philosophical relationship of the two objects: house and wind, house and water.


“It takes the ‘Winds of Life’ beyond just wind to include the water windmills provided for the very existence of the farmer and cattle,” Anderson said.


Nathan Brettman and his welding instructor at Southeast Community College, Mark Watkins, assisted Anderson in welding the piece.


Anderson joined the PSC Art Department in 1984. He earned a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture and drawing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master of fine arts in sculpture from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

For additional information on the Winds of Life Project, visit or contact Project Coordinator Julie Paschold at (402) 528-3750 or