Fred Simon Gallery

Burlington Place at 1004 Farnam St.

Opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Free

Painter Ed Forde is the current artist featured by the Nebraska Arts Council in its Fred Simon Gallery in Omaha. Forde, a professor of art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializes in a cross section of city and rural culture. “My work has been described as western imagery engulfed by urban graffiti. I strive to find a new art vocabulary for the contemporary western world in the 21st century,” Forde says in his artist statement.

This exhibit, which continues through Dec. 2, concentrates on the power and action of bull riding which along with cattle in general he says are seldom depicted in western genre painting. A cattle rancher himself, Forde is “impressed with the majesty of these animals every day…I try to exploit dramatic color and gestures of bulls and bull riders, to capture the emotions of the spectacle.”

                                                                                                                  –Michael J. Krainak

Subscribe to The Reader Newsletter

Our awesome email newsletter briefing tells you everything you need to know about what’s going on in Omaha. Delivered to your inbox every day at 11:00am.

Become a Supporting Member

Subscribe to and become a supporting member to keep locally owned news alive. We need to pay writers, so you can read even more. We won’t waste your time, our news will focus, as it always has, on the stories other media miss and a cultural community — from arts to foods to local independent business — that defines us. Please support your locally-owned news media by becoming a member today.

Leave a comment