This summer, the Midwest is getting a little taste of Texas: it was recently announced that Wichita Falls-based artist B.C. Gilbert has been named the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Great Plains Art Museum 2016 Artist-in-Residence. For the residency, Gilbert is using the museum’s lobby to create a new piece of art that will go into the museum’s permanent collection.
Gilbert’s time at the museum has been split into two five-day sessions—the first ended yesterday, August 6, and the second runs from October 11-15.
Gilbert was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle and creates paintings, block prints, and drawings that are inspired by the wild west and cowboy life. In the past few years, Gilbert has shown at The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center For The Arts in Lubbock and Grindstone Gallery in San Antonio. In a 2003 review for Glasstire, Bill Davenport said, “What makes Gilbert’s work better than a barbed wire collection is its self-deprecating sense of fun: its silliness is itself typically Texan, and authentic.”
Congratulations, B.C. Gilbert!