LINCOLN.- Keith Jacobshagen, a professor of painting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, explores the Midwest landscape in the exhibit, Journals of the Days: Jacobshagen Notebooks Tour Nebraska's Arboreta. His journals feature combinations of small sketches and journal entries about the landscape and his artistic process.
The exhibit, sponsored by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum in celebration of their 30th anniversary, is part of a state-wide tour that features 20 reproduced images from Jacobshagen’s field-study sketch books including drawings, paintings and journal entries. The exhibit also features paintings from other private collections.
For more than 30 years, Jacobshagen has concentrated on landscape within a 60-mile radius of Lincoln. In 1965 he bought an office journal and began to record his life. The artist describes his journals as “… a place of refuge, confession and discovery.” He continues: “I believe that in many ways writing has become as much a part of who I am, as has painting. And like painting, writing has given back to me a chance for a richer sense of life and identity.”
Jacobshagen, a 40-year faculty member of the Department of Art and Art History at UNL, recently received the prestigious Outstanding Research and Creativity Award. The Sheldon houses 19 works by Jacobshagen in its permanent collection.