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Famed Omaha World-Herald photojournalist Rudy Smith's work on exhibit at Peru State through Feb. 28

Public invited to special presentation and reception Tuesday, Feb. 5


(Peru, Neb.) The exhibit “Hidden in Plain View,” featuring the works of retired Omaha World-Herald Photojournalist Rudolph “Rudy” Smith, is on display in the Peru State College (PSC) Art Gallery now through Thursday, Feb. 28.

Smith will give a special presentation from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the College Theatre. A reception will following at 7:30 in the Art Gallery. The exhibit, presentation and reception are free and open to the public.

Smith is perhaps best known for his coverage of the riots that erupted in north Omaha in the summer of 1969 and the early Civil Rights movement in the city. As a photographer and editor for the World-Herald, Smith covered U.S. Presidents, riots, famous entertainers, professional sporting events, politicians and news events from coast-to-coast.

His photographs have appeared in Ebony Magazine, Jet, Life, Look, News Week, Time, Sports Illustrated, and London Daily Mirror, among others. He also contributed to the publication of three books, including An Illustrated History of African Americans in Nebraska from 1860-Present. Smith has won more than 55 awards for his photography, including awards from the NAACP, NCAA, State of Nebraska, University of Nebraska, City of Omaha and Omaha Press Club.

Smith has served on boards for the Child Savings Institute, J. C. Wade Senior Villa (which he helped organize), Omaha OOIC, Great Plains Black Museum, Omaha Good Fellows, Harold Dow Foundation and Scholarship Board, Salem Baptist Church Trustee and Deacons Board, the Governor’s State Advisory Committee and the UNO  Communications Faculty Advisory Committee.

Smith was the first minority to graduate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Communications Department and the first minority faculty member in the UNO Department of Communications. He retired from the Omaha World-Herald four years ago after a 45-year career in the industry.

The public is invited to view Smith’s exhibit during regular gallery hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or by appointment. The gallery is located on the first floor of the A.V. Larson Building. For more information, contact PSC Art Professor Ken Anderson at 402-872-2271 or via e-mail at