March 16 Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Perspectives of an Artist, Sportsman & Naturalist
Program begins at 6:30 PM; cash bar opens at 5:00

Artist Andrew Peters (pictured left) responds to selected objects in the exhibition which carry greatest resonance in the present day. Peters grew up immersed in nature. His father taught him to hunt and fish and be a good sportsman. His mother encouraged his early interest in art. They frequented Joslyn Art Museum, where Peters had his first painting lessons. Fascinated by birds, he hoped to become a professional artist or ornithologist. He was mentored in ecology by naturalist James Malkowski at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

Peters earned a bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology from Iowa State University and embarked on a freelance art career, painting birds for galleries and commissions. Travel in foreign lands brought new subjects to light, and he lived in Santa Fe for ten years to pursue landscape painting, followed by stints in Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona. Peter's work has been featured in over forty museum exhibitions. He was the winner of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's prestigious 2015 Prix de West Purchase Award.

Presented in the Abbott Lecture Hall, this talk is free. Those wishing to see the exhibition Wild Spaces, Open Seasons must secure an exhibition ticket (special Thursday evening pricing of $5 per ticket for general public adults). For information contact Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or by email.