Great Plains Art Museum to open Nebraska photography exhibition

Great Plains Art Museum to open Nebraska photography exhibition

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Rick Houchin
“Swing, Dannebrog,” from Nov. 21, 2011, and “Truck, Cowles,” from Sept. 6, 2011, by Rick Houchin.

The Great Plains Art Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will continue to celebrate the state's 150th birthday with a new photography exhibition by David Lovekin and Rick Houchin.

Lovekin and Houchin spent two years traveling throughout more than a dozen small towns in Nebraska to capture quiet streets void of inhabitants, but full of the signs of human presence.

“You get the feeling that someone is watching you as you stroll the streets of these places. It’s a haunting sense that the empty buildings and quiet streets have voices that you can’t quite hear. Everywhere there are signs of life. But usually only signs of it,” Houchin said, speaking about the exhibition’s title. “That ‘presence’ is always there. It’s the presence of absence.”

The exhibition’s opening reception will take place during Lincoln’s First Friday Art Walk, July 7, from 5-7 p.m. with food and drink. The exhibition runs through October 28.

The Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St., is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and admission is always free.