Fred Simon Gallery Exhibition

The Fred Simon Gallery Exhibition Program presents a select number of exhibitions that feature significant Nebraska artists.

The Fred Simon Gallery is located in the Nebraska Arts Council office in Omaha, on the Lower Level of  of the beautiful Burlington Building.

Fred Simon Gallery
: 1004 Farnam Street, Plaza Level, Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 595-2122
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

The Gallery Selection Program is now closed.


Current Exhibitions

Reagan Pufall: Artificial Landscapes Oct. 11- Dec. 6, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 11 5-7pm

Artist Statement:

"Man is a singular creature. He has a set of gifts which make him unique among the animals: so that, unlike them, he is not a figure in the landscape — he is a shaper of the landscape." Jacob Bronowski

These are landscapes of places not yet formed but that exist in the imagination of the restless. They are a cross between representations of our world and of future landscapes yet to be formed or yet to be found on other worlds. As a planet is terraformed what becomes of the old landscape? If terraforming fails what becomes of the nascent life seeded there by us? Dark skies loom in these photographs, either lightened by the success of humans or further darkened by failure.

Artist Bio:

Reagan Davis Pufall was shaped by his childhood growing up in North Dakota. Its long cold winters coupled with short and stormy summers instilled in him a permanent sense of restlessness and the drama of nature. Winter days trapped indoors by bitter cold led him to adopt a lifelong habit of reading. He reads broadly, and in his youth particularly enjoyed exploring the worlds presented in classic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and the ancient mythology of many cultures.

Once winter lifted the warming spring weather would lead him outdoors to explore the open countryside around him; away from the worlds contained in books and into the wide open world of the northern plains. Later, his family moved south to Nebraska, which has a more moderate four seasons climate. Ironically, this shift inverted his calendar; now it was the bright and bracing – but not bitterly cold – days of winter that lured him out into the natural world of the prairies.

In high school he was introduced to photography by a teacher who encouraged both his still life and landscape work. At first his work focused primarily on landscapes, and he loved the hiking and camping that were required to capture those images.  However, he eventually found that ground had already been well explored and captured by the photographers and painters who had come before him.

During and after the years he spent at the San Francisco Art Institute, he returned to the studio and began creating his own landscapes, inspired to bring into tangible existence the worlds he had encountered in the real and fictional stories of his youthful reading.  Currently he lives in Omaha Nebraska where he teaches Art and Design.


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Lisa Bang Hoffman | Origin of Rurality

Exhibition: Dec. 13, 2019 - Feb. 7, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, Dec. 13, 5-7pm

Terry Koopman | Origin of Rurality

Exhibition: Dec. 13, 2019 - Feb. 7, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, Dec. 13, 5-7pm

Tim Guthrie

February 14 – April 9, 2020
Opening: Friday, February 14, 5-7pm

Joe McHale

April 10 – June 5, 2020
Opening: Friday, April 10, 5-7pm

Atiim Jones

June 12 – Aug 7, 2020
Opening: Friday, June 12, 5-7pm

Shaun Ilahi

August 14 – October 9, 2020
Opening: Friday, August 14, 5-7pm

Gabriella Quiroz

October 16 – December 11, 2020
Opening: Friday, October 16, 5-7pm

Lily Roberts

Dec 18 – Feb 12, 2021
Opening: Friday, December 18, 5-7pm

Brittney Foster & Nancy Lepo

Feb 19 – April 16, 2021
Opening: Friday, February 26, 5-7pm

Cheryl Dyer and Sophie Newell

April 23 – June 18, 2021
Opening: Friday, April 23, 5-7pm

Joe Addison

June 25 – August 20, 2021
Opening: Friday, June 25, 5-7pm

Mary Donahue and Laura Bentz

August 27 – October 22, 2021
Opening: Friday, Aug 27, 5-7pm

Neil Griess

October 29 – December 31, 2021
Opening: Friday, October 29, 5-7pm


Past Exhibitions:

Sarah Kolar: Produce, Consume, Discard Aug. 9 - Oct. 4, 2019

Carol R. Thompson: OF THE BIRD June 11 - August 2, 2019

Depth & Accumulation | Carolyn Albracht & Jennifer Radil

April 5 - June 2, 2019

Effects of PTSD | Elizabeth Boutin

February 1 – March 30, 2019

AMALGAMATIONS | a solo exhibition by Bart Vargas

November 30, 2018 - January 25, 2019

Katie Temple and Todd McCollister

September 28, 2018 - November 23, 2018