Nebraska alumnus and photographer McFarland presents Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture April 20
calendar icon10 Apr 2017
Lincoln, Neb.--Photographer and University of Nebraska–Lincoln Alumnus Lawrence McFarland will present the next lecture of the Hixson-Lied Visiting Artists & Scholars Lecture Series on Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall Rm. 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The School of Art, Art History & Design’s Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series brings notable artists, scholars and designers to UNL each semester to enhance the education of students.
McFarland is Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught from 1985 until 2013. He will be receiving the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Alumni Achievement Award in Art on April 22.
McFarland received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography in 1973 from the Kansas City Art Institute, and his Master of Fine Arts in 1976 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he received the Woods Fellowship.
Upon his graduation from Nebraska, McFarland was selected as one of nine photographers to publish work in “Kansas Album,” by James Enyeart and Terry Evans. Since that time, he has received numerous honors, including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowships over three decades (1978-79, 1984-85 and 1990-91).
McFarland was awarded the Ferguson Grant in 1982 from the Friends of Photography in Carmel, California, and he was honored with a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for 2010-11.
McFarland concentrates on landscape photography and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has worked on several documentary projects, including “Dine’tah—Hajiinei,” which was focused on protecting the traditional homeland of the Navajo tribe. Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, recently published a monograph of McFarland’s panoramic photographs of the American West.
He has served on the National Board of the Society of Photographic Education (SPE) from 2001-2009 and was the National SPE Conference Chair in Austin in 2003.
Underwritten by the Hixson-Lied Endowment with additional support from other sources, the series enriches the culture of the state by providing a way for Nebraskans to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, art history and design. Each visiting artist or scholar spends one to three days on campus to meet with classes, participate in critiques and give demonstrations. Every visiting artist or scholar gives at least one major lecture that is free and open to the public.
For more information on the series, contact the School of Art, Art History & Design at (402) 472-5522.