Myra Biggerstaff

1905, Logansport, Indiana – 1999, Auburn, Nebraska View Artwork Painter, woodblock printer, textile artist, and educator, Myra Biggerstaff cut a wide swath in the world of modernist art, but Auburn, Nebraska was the place which served as her physical and psychological anchor. As a youngster, she found special places there to sketch, returned to regain Read More

Albert Bierstadt

1830, Solingen, Germany – 1902, New York, New York View artwork Albert Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Germany and brought to New Bedford, Massachusetts when he was two years old. In 1854 he returned to Dusseldorf, Germany to study painting. While in Europe he made many field trips along the Rhine, in the Alps and Read More

Eric Berggren

1886, Hamilton County, Nebraska – 1977, Aurora, Nebraska View Artwork Eric Berggren was born on November 15, 1886 in Hamilton County, Nebraska. After attending a public school, Berggren went to Utah to work for the Union Pacific. For a short time he worked for the railroad and then returned to Nebraska to begin farming. Upon Read More

Thomas Hart Benton

1889, Neosho, Missouri – 1975, Kansas City, Missouri View artwork Born April 15, 1889 and growing up in Neosho, Missouri only several decades after the Civil War, Thomas Hart Benton remembered many stories of Union and Confederate veterans and the old settlers from the hills of the Ozarks. These characters made for colorful tales in the Read More

Don Methven Beardsley

1920, Lincoln, Nebraska – 1977, Ventura, California View artwork Don Beardsley was born February 3, 1920 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He earned his B.F.A. degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence before relocating to California where he received his M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Beardsley also lived in New York Read More

William Holbrook Beard

1824, Painesville, Ohio – 1900, New York, New York View artwork William H. Beard was born in Painesville, Ohio on April 13, 1824. He studied with his older brother, James Henry Beard, as a portrait painter, but was always interested in subjects found in nature. He painted portraits, animals, and landscapes before gaining a national Read More

James Bama

1926, New York City – View artwork James Bama was born in New York City in 1926. He graduated from The High School of Music & Art, New York, and joined the Army Air Corps working as a mechanic, mural painter, and physical training instructor. He continued his studies at The Art Students League of Read More

Henry Howard Bagg

1853, Wanconda, Illinois – 1928, Lincoln, Nebraska View artwork Henry Howard Bagg was the pupil of M. Woodruff of Aurora, Illinois. He is sometimes considered the first professional art teacher in Nebraska. He began his career at Peru Normal School in 1895 at Peru, Nebraska and later taught at Nebraska Wesleyan and Cotner College. He Read More

John James Audubon

1785, Les Cayes Haiti – 1851, New York, New York View artwork The Legacy of John James Audubon John James Audubon. The name brings to mind the majestic beauty and grace of a vast collective of wildlife portraiture. However, it is crucial to remember Audubon’s detailed scientific observations as well, for his work in that capacity Read More

David Amland

1931, Iowa City, Iowa, – 2010 Dallas, Texas View artwork David Amland, artist, teacher, amateur historian, and naturalist, was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1931. He grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and served in the Navy from 1951 to 1955. He received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Read More