With the assistance of the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, more than a dozen prints have recently been added to the LLC Rotating Art Gallery. These prints are part of the Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition that were designed to market the organization and also to spread the word about the beauty of Nebraska (and the wider Great Plains). The images are modeled after the Works Progress Administration’s National Parks posters of the 1930’s; and, they were created to show Americans the beauty of their country.
Katie Nieland, the featured artist, highlights the unique aspects and the beauty of Nebraska grasslands by using vivid color and an updated visual style. The prints include both landscapes, similar to the 1930 prints, and also species commonly found in Nebraska. The collection is a remarkable illustration of sights you would encounter while traveling through the state of Nebraska.
The Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition collection clearly depicts the expansive beauty of Nebraska – from the geologic formation of the Panhandle, to the rolling Sandhills, to the abundant wildlife. Included with each photo is a narrative that provides a brief history of the art. For example, did you know that the Sandhill Crane is only found in a particular part of the state in a specific time window (Crane Country), or that the Regal Fritillary is only found in tallgrass and mixed-grass in the Great Plains (Butterfly By Way)?
Additional prints displayed include:
- Bison Rebirth
- Fossil Freeway
- Pelican Lake
- Starry Skies
- Serious Speed
- Dancing Chickens
- Prairie Dogs
- Seas of Grass
- Flights of Fancy
- Scenic River
The Art Gallery is located on the hallway walls in the lower level of the library. Please stop by and enjoy the colorful collection that lightens up the hallways and boasts the beauty of Nebraska!