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THE BEMIS CENTER CELEBRATES 30 YEARS
WITH KEITH JACOBSHAGEN; A GOLDEN YEAR


365 DUSKS, 365 DAYS OF CELEBRATION AS THE BEMIS CENTER TURNS 30
 

“WATCH THE SKIES,” came the chilling admonition in the penultimate line of 1951’s The Thing From Another World. “Keep looking up, keep watching the skies,” the bespectacled newsman warned as the film faded to black.
 

I’ve often thought of the sci-fi classic when viewing work by the man featured in Keith Jacobshagen; A Golden Year, the exhibition that runs through July 30 at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
 

A PRAIRIE VIEWPOINT 

Known for his “big sky” paintings, the professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of the nation’s pr-eeminent landscape painters.
 

“One of the things about living on the plains is that we have this broad, horizon-to-horizon view of the world,” the artist said in words that could be taken figuratively as much as literally. “These skies, this incredible bowl of space above us, are a big part of the emotional impact of my work.”
 

Did I earlier refer to this event as an exhibition? “Installation” would be a better descriptor. The gallery-filling effort features 365 index card-sized paintings on copper plates, each a twilight vista from a different day in 2010.
 

A Golden Year inaugurates a freshly remodeled and reconfigured Bemis Center in its 30th anniversary season. Driven by a $2.6 million capital campaign, the Bemis is now unveiling new and expanded studios, a revamped fabrication building, a redesigned entrance approach and much more. Known as much by locals for its exhibition spaces, events and public art projects as for its vaunted, internationally acclaimed artist-in-residence program, it attracts artists from all across the globe.
 

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