Alumnus presents final visiting artist lecture

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Alumnus presents final visiting artist lecture

Lawrence McFarland, Kansas-Nebraska Wheatfield, 1976.
Lawrence McFarland, Kansas-Nebraska Wheatfield, 1976

Photographer Lawrence McFarland will present the final lecture of the Hixson-Lied Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. April 20 in Richards Hall, Room 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.

McFarland is a professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught from 1985 until 2013.

McFarland received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography in 1973 from the Kansas City Art Institute and a Master of Fine Arts in 1976 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he received the Woods Fellowship.

He will be receiving the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Alumni Achievement Award in Art April 22.

Upon his graduation from Nebraska, McFarland was selected as one of nine photographers to publish work in “Kansas Album,” by James Enyeart and Terry Evans. Since that time, he has received numerous honors, including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowships in three decades (1978-79, 1984-85 and 1990-91).

McFarland was awarded the Ferguson Grant in 1982 from the Friends of Photography in Carmel, California, and he was honored with a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for 2010-11.

McFarland concentrates on landscape photography and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has worked on several documentary projects, including “Dine’tah—Hajiinei,” which was focused on protecting the traditional homeland of the Navajo tribe. Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, recently published a monograph of McFarland’s panoramic photographs of the American West.

He has served on the National Board of the Society of Photographic Education from 2001-2009 and was the National SPE Conference Chair in Austin in 2003.

The Hixson-Lied Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series was launched to enrich the culture of the state by providing Nebraskans the opportunity to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, art history and design. Each visiting artist or scholar spends one to three days on campus to meet with classes, participate in critiques and give demonstrations. The artists/scholars also deliver at least one major lecture that is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist and Scholar events, click here or call 402-472-5522.

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