The Elizabeth Rubendall Foundation has generously funded an artist-in-residence program at the Great Plains Art Museum since 2007. Artworks are commissioned by the museum to become part of the museum's permanent collection, and the artist completes the commissioned artwork(s) at the Great Plains Art Museum. The full artistic process is on display for visitors and school groups, creating a unique program as well as enduring art.
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2014: Todd A. Williams
April 22-27, 2014
Williams is currently working on a multi-year project, “Painting the Legacy of Nebraska,” where he plans to depict significant historical sites and events in all of Nebraska’s 93 counties in honor of the 150th year of statehood in 2017. For more information on the project and to see the painting 2015 calendar showcasing his initial paintings including Platte River, Hall County, Nebraska, 2014 the work William’s painted as part of his residency go to Nebraska 150.org
A native of Central City, Williams studied painting and illustration at the Kansas City Art Institute and worked as an in-house senior artist and designer for Hallmark Cards and DaySpring Cards. Today, Williams excels in his ability to paint all subject matter using spontaneous brushwork and creative virtuosity. Most of the time, he can be found painting in the open air. His work has been exhibited across the country in gallery, museum and invitational exhibitions, including the Gilcrease Museum, the Great Plains Art Museum, Richmond Art Museum, Montgomery Museum Of Fine Arts, Art Museum of Lafayette, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Maynard Dixon Museum, Evansville Museum of Arts and the Oil Painters of America and Impressionists Society National Exhibitions.
2013: Molly Murphy Adams
Murphy Adams’ commission for the residency is the first work of hers included in the Great Plains Art Museum permanent collection, but visitors may recognize her from her participation in the 2012 juried exhibition “Contemporary Indigeneity” Her work “Parflesche Abstraction” was given the Bobby Penn Award by juror Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie. Murphy Adams said about her beadwork, “My style is different in that I am combining native and non-native techniques. I freely mix in embroidery and quilting techniques as well as modern aesthetics.”