October 29, 2022 | Last updated Jul 10, 2023

Don’t miss the Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future”

 “Sunflower Fields” — Banner County by Kimberly Sharples


Hildegard Center for the Arts of Lincoln has announced the 2017 schedule for the statewide Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit “Bridges” Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future,”—including related “Instructional Resources” available to Nebraska educators. The Nebraska State Historical Society is one of the collaborators on the exhibit.
Beginning January 2017, the Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit  “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future,” sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts of Lincoln, will make its journey to six regions across the state in honor of Nebraska’s upcoming yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration.   
Endorsed by the Nebraska 150 Commission as a “Signature Event,” the “Bridges” Sesquicentennial Exhibit represents a special collaboration between Hildegard Center for the Arts and the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society.  
In 2015, the three organizations issued a statewide photo call to amateur and professional photographers, inviting them to capture images of historic sites or hidden treasures located across Nebraska. Over 800 photo submissions were received.
Serving as jurors for the “Bridges” Photo Call: contributor to National Geographic Magazine and NEBRASKAland Magazine Joel Sartore; University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Emeritus George Tuck; and regular contributors to Nebraska Life Magazine, Bobbi and Steve Olson.
Ninety-three photographs, one from each county, were selected and proudly represent a cross-section of Nebraska. The first stop on the “Bridges” Photo Exhibit tour is the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln (1155 Q St.) where a premiere reception will be held the evening of Friday, January 6th from 5-7pm.
·       Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln: January 6 – March 25, 2017
·       Seward Civic Center: June 1 – July 28, 2017
·       North Platte Prairie Arts Center: August 1 – September 22, 2017
·       Norfolk Art Center: September 7 – October 26, 2017
·       Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance: September 26 – November 10, 2017
·       Durham Museum in Omaha: November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018

 “Love Long Ago”—Butler County by Caryl Bohn (the old house referenced in Ted Kooser’s Quote)


Winning photos will be included in a digital catalogue together with a virtual tour of all submitted photographs located at the Hildegard Center’s website www.hildegardcenter.org.
Also developed is a collection of Instructional Resources—ninety-three –to enhance Nebraska’s fourth grade social studies curriculum.
Led by “Bridges” committee member Donna Williams, the winning county photos were correlated with 4th grade Nebraska social studies standards and a sub-committee created instructional resources consisting of: the county photo, the narrative, specific state social studies standards, information about the county, inquiry questions, and related websites.  Paul Hunt, an adjunct geography professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, devised a story map that will allow teachers and students to access the instructional resources of a county via a virtual Nebraska map. In January, the photos, instructional resources, and the story map may be accessed free of charge at the Hildegard Center’s website www.hildegardcenter.org.  
The Nebraska Tourism Commission has featured fourteen of the photos in its 2017 state calendar.  And the Omaha World Herald included all winning photographs and narrative in its newly published book titled “NEBRASKA: 150 YEARS TOLD THROUGH 93 COUNTIES,” available in stores and/or at the website www.owhstore.com. Note: Hildegard Center for the Arts will not receive any profits from the sale of the book.
The “Bridges” Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit is supported in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment with the following Statewide Sponsors; the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission; Nebraska Tourism Commission; Johnson Hardware Company; the Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation; and University of Nebraska at Omaha. For Regional Exhibit Sponsors and to learn more about the project, visit www.hildegardcenter.org.
“Bridges” Project Committee members include: Cathy Harrington—Project Chair, Alexandra Alberda, Angela Carroll, Kim Einspahr, Jenn Gjerde, Rita Kean, Erin Lenz, Bob Puschendorf, Marilyn Stadler, Angela White-Sears, Donna Williams, Anne Woita
“Bridges” Educational Sub-Committee members include: Donna Williams—Project Chair, Rita Kean, Cathy Harrington, Kim Einspahr and Anne Woita (Hildegard Center for the Arts); Bob Puschendorf, Sharon Kennedy, and Ann Billesbach (Nebraska State Historical Society); Harris Payne (State Department of Education); Paul Hunt (University of Nebraska at Omaha). 


 “Lou and Mary Anne’s Bar” — Seward County by Angela Carroll


Winning photographers and designated county/s include:
Bobbi Anderson (Washington), Gary Andrews (Douglas, Lancaster), Alan Bartels (Dundy, Madison, Platte), Laura Beahm (Adams), Vicki Beilke (Richardson), Janessa Bergman (Phelps), Curtis Blum (Morrill, Scotts Bluff), Caryl Bohn (Butler), Shane Booth (Franklin, Webster), Anna Bowens (Hamilton), Bob Brammeier (Johnson), Richard Callaway (Garden), Nancy Carlson (Nance), Angela Carroll (Arthur, Clay, Hooker, McPherson, Polk, Seward, Thomas), Bill Coe (Hitchcock), Rena Conner (Harlan), Kendra Cutler (Logan), Darcy Demmel (Perkins), Jodi Gehr (Colfax), Erin Giannangelo (Saline), Kathleen Hansen (Red Willow), Zach Hanson (Fillmore), Michael Hast (Boone), Larry Headley (Lincoln), Paul Hosford (Antelope), William Hosford (Greeley), Ron Jensen (Dawes, Sioux), Rebecca Johnson (Nemaha), Patricia James (Boyd),
Richard Jones (Dawson, Valley), Nia Karman (Hall), Nathan Kathol (Cedar), Bernadette Korslund (Gage), Darcia Kovarik (Loup), Mitzi Kuszak (Sherman), Chuck Leypoldt (Burt, Holt), Dan Luedert (Buffalo, Frontier, Thurston), Randy Lukasiewicz (Cuming, Howard), Liz Shea-McCoy and Mike McCoy (Brown, Custer, Dakota, Jefferson, Keya Paha, Knox, Pawnee, Pierce, Rock, Stanton, Thayer, Wayne), Monte McKillip (Hayes), Elizabeth Nelson (Keith), Julie Pflum (Chase), Becky Potmesil (Sheridan), Roger Rea (Garfield), Bob Rooney (Blaine), Kelly Rush (Kearney), Deborah Schaben (Furnas, Gosper), Patricia Schemmer (Cherry), Sonia Schmidt (Nuckolls), Kimberly Sharples (Banner, Cheyenne, Deuel, Kimball), Sibyl Spahn (Wheeler), Jay Spilker (Saunders), Stephen Sullivan (Box Butte), Greg Sutton (York), Herb Thompson (Sarpy), Donna Whitman-Eklund (Cass, Otoe), Brian Weber (Dodge), Jill Weiser (Grant), Jeanne K. Wiemer (Merrick).

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