Michael Farrell

1947, Indianapolis, Indiana –

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Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Michael Farrell began taking photographs and making assembled objects during his college years at Indiana University where he received his A.B. degree in Fine Arts in 1969. After earning an M.S. degree in Filmmaking and Visual Design at Chicago’s Institute of Design (now the Illinois Institute of Technology), he moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1972 to work at the Nebraska Educational Television Network.

During the 1970s and ‘80s, Farrell created a large body of work in photography, drawing, collage, and assembled objects, which was first shown publicly in a one-person show at University Place Art Center, Lincoln, in 1991 (now the LUX Center for the Arts).

Since then, he has established an exhibition history that includes selection for the Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha) Midlands Invitational 1997: Photography featuring 24 photographers from Nebraska and the six surrounding states, and Its Surreal Thing: The Temptation of Objects on view at Lincoln’s Sheldon Museum of Art in 2013. His work is included in a large number of private and public collections, and his awards include the Nebraska Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship.

Farrell lives in Lincoln and is a Special Project Manager for NET, Nebraska’s statewide public broadcasting organization, and ALEC Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Posted, 2015

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Michael Farrell, Pathfinder Dam and Reservoir on the North Platte River, Natrona County, Wyoming. 1994, silver print