Summer art exhibitions in JDAC feature responses to Poet Laureate, optillusions


The Hastings College Jackson Dinsdale Art Center (JDAC) will feature two summer exhibitions, The Kooser Exhibition from Impact Nebraska Artists and Walt Thomas, June 1 through July 21.

The Kooser Exhibition from Impact Nebraska Artists will be located in the large gallery. The collection uses artworks by a variety of Nebraskan artists to reinterpret poems by 2007 Poet Laureate and Pulitzer recipient Ted Kooser — whose original poem honoring the JDAC’s dedication hangs in the entryway of the building. The description for each piece includes the poem or poetry excerpt that inspired the artist.

The small gallery houses “optillusion” paintings by Walt Thomas, a Chase County, Nebraska, native. Thomas has been practicing art for over 50 years, and in 2005 developed a technique that adds movement to his 2D works.

“My paintings and optillusions appear to change as you view them from different angles. The only moving part is you, the viewer,” Thomas said in his exhibition statement.

Both exhibitions are free and open for public viewing. Summer gallery hours are Monday from  12:00 to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Personal tours can be scheduled by calling 402.461.7396 or by emailing

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