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
Address: 1004 Farnam Street, Plaza Level, Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 595-2122
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm
"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.
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.
December 13, 2019 – February 7, 2020
Opening: Friday, December 13, 5-7pm
February 14 – April 9, 2020
Opening: Friday, February 14, 5-7pm
April 10 – June 5, 2020
Opening: Friday, April 10, 5-7pm
April 5 - June 2, 2019
February 1 – March 30, 2019
November 30, 2018 - January 25, 2019
September 28, 2018 - November 23, 2018