Nichols exhibition, catalog detail life and work of Nebraska-rooted artist
L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star
Published: November 12, 2011
(Excerpt from article) This is the final week for “Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism” at David City’s Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art. But it will remain on view, in a fashion, in the fine catalog the museum created in conjunction with the exhibition.
The catalog, written by Bone Creek’s associate curator Amanda Mobley Guenther, already has, for good reason, taken first place in the Mountain-Plains Museum Association book competition.
In tracing the life of Nichols, who was born in David City in 1904, briefly studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, worked as an illustrator before beginning to paint professionally at the urging of William Kentridge in the mid-1930s, and spent most of his life in Arizona and Guatemala, Mobley Guenther has provided a valuable biography of a Nebraska-rooted artist.
In examining the “Ideology Behind the Artist,” she finds some fascinating connections — not only to his boyhood in David City, which provided the subject matter for most of his best-known work, but to art throughout history….