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News Release
 
09/26/13

Great Plains Art Museum to exhibit Peru State Art Professor Randy Waln’s interpretive photography
Exhibition runs Sept. 30-Dec. 15

 

Family Farm by Randy Waln
Family Farm by Randy Waln

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College Art Professor Dr. Randy Waln’s interpretive photography, The Degeneration of the Family Farm, will be exhibited at the Great Plains Art Museum at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Monday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 15.

A First Friday Reception with the artist will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at the Museum, located at Hewit Place, 1155 Q St. The event is free and open to the public.

Waln’s exhibit pairs historic photographs of family farms with interpretative photographs of the farm’s present state. The black and white historical photographs were taken by family members to document their lives and times on the farm.

“I don’t consider myself to be a photographer. I have too much respect for photographers to do that,” Waln said, “I started out as a traditional printmaker, making woodcuts, etchings and lithographs. To me, photography is not an end but a means. I still consider myself to be a printmaker; only my tools have changed. All I’ve ever wanted to do as an artist is create meaningful images. My original intent was an exhibition of just the color prints, but the coincidence of the family pictures and the prints on my computer made it apparent that together they were not only more meaningful, but also more universal in the story they tell.”

The Great Plains Art Museum is open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30-5 p.m. on Sundays (closed Mondays, holiday weekends and between exhibitions). There is no admission charge.

For more information, call 402-472-6220, e-mail gpac2@unl.edu, visit www.unl.edu/plains/gallery/gallery.shtml, or contact Katie Nieland at 402-472-3965 or knieland2@unl.edu.