Exhibition dates: February 24 – April 19, 2016
Public hours: Thursdays (except holidays) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Nebraska Governor’s Residence
1425 H Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
The Nebraska Arts Council partners with the Nebraska Governor’s Residence each year to display the artwork of Nebraska artists on the walls of the building’s main conference room. This unique space allows civic leaders, citizens, school children and other visitors the opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the diversity of statewide artistic talent. Artwork by Layne Mills will be on display in the residence February 24 – April 19, with public hours on Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. To request an appointment (recommended for groups of 10 or more), contact Residence Director Leisa Ausdemore at (402) 471-3466.
About the Artist: Layne Mills spent her childhood on a farm in Thayer County. She was captivated by nature’s rhythms, seasonal changes, and the comfort and love of animals. She received her BFA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1983. Her art career includes organizing the first Elementary Art Program in Worland, Wyoming, where she taught for 12 years. In 1984, she was invited to present a lecture concerning Elementary Art at the National Art Educators Convention in San Francisco. As a professional potter for 20 years, physical limitations forced her to change mediums and she now works in oils. Her style is impressionistic, using dramatic color and capturing the “magic hour” during sunrise and sunset. The Nebraska landscape is a reoccurring theme, especially the state parks and Halsey National Forest.
Her awards and recognitions are numerous including the 2015 American Plains Artists National Competition. Her work Halsey National Forest, Middle Loup, won First Place and was exhibited at the Great Plains Museum in Lincoln. The St. Francis Hospital in Kearney invited Mills to show her work contributing to the “Healing Through the Arts” program. The Hildegard Center for the Arts in Lincoln exhibited her Nebraska landscapes at the Lincoln Internal Medical Hospital, which serves “humanity through the arts.” Other exhibitions include MONA in Kearney, North Platte Art Gallery and Carnegie Art Center in Alliance, and she is represented at the Noyes Art Gallery in Lincoln. She and her husband Ted enjoy three sons, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They currently live in Broken Bow, Nebraska. More about the artist: www.laynemillsart.com.