A new feature at the Library Learning Commons is a rotating art gallery which is located in the building’s lower level. The gallery includes selections from the Fred W. Farrar collection, the Nebraska Sandhills portfolio, and photo-portraits of Nebraska-born psychologists.
The photographer Fred Farrar was born in Cherokee, Iowa and later moved to Rapid City, South Dakota. Because Farrar enjoyed the outdoors, his collection includes historical photos from the Rapid City area. The gallery selection includes photos primarily of children, locals, transportation, lumbering, mining, and outdoor scenery. It’s a fabulous reflection of an early chapter of the American West.
The Nebraska Sandhills portfolio is a collection of black-and-white photographs by Dwight Kirsch. Kirsch is a Nebraska native; he was born in Pawnee County, Nebraska and studied at the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he eventually served as a professor and later served as Director of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden. Kirsch made a gift of the Nebraska Sandhills portfolio to Mari Sandoz.
After successfully receiving a grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council, Dr. Bill Roweton identified a number of Nebraska-born psychologists in order to publicize their contribution to the discipline. All of the psychologists in the photo-portraits did notable work in the 20th century. In fact, four of the five on display were American Psychological Association presidents. The portraits are donations from the American Psychological Association.
Brochures are available on the lower level of the library (LLC 103) and available online via the LLC Blog Activities link (http://academic.csc.edu/llc/blog?page_id=50).
If you or anyone you know has an interest in displaying artwork in the LLC Gallery, please contact the Outreach Librarian Shawn Hartman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308.432.6271 x6150.