Todd A. Williams Exhibition: Press Overview
Nebraska will celebrate and commemorate its 150th year of statehood in 2017. As a significant part of the initiative, the Nebraska 150 Foundation has endorsed and is providing coordination support for a major art project, “The Legacy of Nebraska” by Todd A. Williams, a collection of paintings representing each of Nebraska’s 93 counties.
The Legacy of Nebraska exhibition and educational art project will be a monumental exhibition heralding the nostalgia and history of Nebraska. Internationally recognized and Nebraska native, artist Todd A. Williams’s mission is to depict significant historic, geographic, and figurative elements from each of the 93 counties. He has worked with historians, sponsors, and leaders in each county to help him determine significant subjects. These paintings will inspire thousands of people in Nebraska and reach well beyond the state’s borders with a traveling exhibition, a Legacy of Nebraska commemorative collectors’ art book, and a documentary film produced by NET, Nebraska’s public television affiliate.
Partnership with the Nebraska 150 Foundation:
The Legacy of Nebraska project was one of the first initiatives to be endorsed by the Nebraska 150 Foundation and Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission. Serving as fiscal agent for the project, the Nebraska 150 Foundation is dedicated to its ultimate success and hopes of sharing the beauty of the state through history and art.
The 2017 Exhibit and Supplemental Programming:
The Legacy of Nebraska project is primarily a traveling art exhibition of 122 paintings. Viewing this large collection of original works of art in person is by far the best way to experience the project.
The paintings will be unveiled in a grand premiere at the newly remodeled Nebraska History Museum on Centennial Mall in Lincoln on Statehood Day, March 1, 2017. The exhibition will move to the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island for the summer months of peak tourism season. Beginning in August, the whole collection will be exhibited at Gallery 1516 in Omaha. In October, the collection will split into five groups to be displayed at smaller museum venues: Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, David City; Dawson County Historical Society, Lexington; Homestead National Monument of America, Beatrice; Gallery 92 West Fremont; and West Nebraska Art Center; Scottsbluff.
In addition to descriptive labels and exhibition panels included in the presentation at each of the museum venues, educational programming including slide and lecture presentations by the artist, painting demonstrations and workshops, age appropriate curriculum materials and historical subject matter of the paintings are critical components ensuring the impact and success of the program.
The collection will disperse after 2017. The commemorative collectors’ art book is a significant feature of the project because it allows the paintings to remain together—telling a story of Nebraska’s founding. The significance of the entire project will also be captured for posterity in a documentary film produced by NET. The film will be a commemorative piece enjoyed by both residents and visitors to Nebraska.
Major Sponsors include: Omaha Steaks, the Nebraska 150 Foundation, the Nebraska Tourism Commission, the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska, the Windgate Foundation, the Nelson Family Foundation, and the Richard Brooke Foundation.
Approximately half of the paintings in the collection remain available for purchase. Visit toddwilliamsfineart.com for more information.