By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Todd Williams was in Chase County last week, looking for a picture. Actually, the artist was scouting out the county in hopes of finding a subject for a painting.
Williams, of Central City, has teamed with the Nebraska 150 Commission to create a painting in every Nebraska county, in celebration of Nebraska’s sesquicentennial, or 150th year, in 2017.
The project is called “Painting the Legacy of Nebraska.”
He’s already traveled through 70 counties, and began painting subjects in 2012. The estimated 125 paintings—some counties will be represented more than once—will be on display in March 2017 at the State Historical Museum in Lincoln.
The purpose of the project, Williams said last Wednesday, “Is in some ways a fundraiser because part of the proceeds go to the Nebraska 150 to help fund some of their events.”
The paintings “celebrate the entire span of 150 years,” he added. “What makes this unique is that it touches all four corners” of the state.
An entity, either a business, a government or an individual, underwrites each painting, usually from $3,500 to $15,000, Williams said. The cost is tax deductible.
The underwriter has the option of hanging the painting somewhere where the public may enjoy it, or owning it privately after the show.
Williams visited the Champion Mill and the Chase County Museum while he was in the area. He paints both on location, or “en plein air,” and from photos, such as photographs from the early 1900s.
His medium is oil and his style is Impressionistic. Williams is represented in seven art galleries across the U.S. He has also visited Europe in search of subjects.
His work has also been displayed in museums and invitational exhibitions.
Williams grew up in Central City and attended Central Community College in Columbus and the Kansas City Art Institute, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
He was an in-house Senior Artist/Designer for Hallmark Cards and DaySpring Cards for 10 years.
His work and more about the artist may be found at toddwilliamsfineart.com.