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Fusing glass and his art (copy)

January 8, 2019

When it comes to the work on display at the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, paintings of farms and corn fields are typically what come to mind.

But glass artist Steven Ramsey has an entirely different take on the term agrarian. His exhibit currently on display at the museum, “In Glass,” is entirely made up of glass sculptures. Gabrielle Comte, the museum’s office and collections manager, said Ramsey’s work is an interesting twist on agrarian art.

She said it’s uncommon for the museum to feature more abstract work, especially pieces made of glass. Much of the artworks rely on light reflection to reveal its agrarian nature.

“It’s not obviously agrarian, but once you look inside, it becomes very agrarian,” Comte said. “It’s definitely more of a show that relies on optical illusion to reveal the agrarian features.”

Ramsey is set to speak about his work at the Hruska Memorial Public Library, 399 N. Fifth St., in two weeks. The talk is a part of the library’s Food for Thought Series and goes from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 16.

Those interested in attending must reserve a seat either by visiting the library or calling 402-367-3100. Catalog/Circulation Librarian Cheryl Hein said the presentation will be unique among the ones the library has had in the past.

“It’s great to know that in a small town like (David City), we have a museum that brings in fantastic speakers,” Hein said.

Ramsey studied the art of glass at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio and at Illinois State University. For a decade, he taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Today, he works as an assistant professor of glass and sculpture at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The artist first had his work on display at the museum back in May 2015 as a part of the “Ballad of the Farm: Then, Now and Tomorrow” exhibit. Comte said he was one of 11 artists to be showcased in it. In May 2017, Ramsey was one of 150 artists featured in the museum’s “150 For Nebraska’s 150th,” an exhibit which celebrated the 150th anniversary of Nebraska’s statehood.

Comte said the museum has never before had an exhibit that was purely sculptures like “In Glass.” She said it was a bit of a challenge figuring out how to properly display all the art, but it was well worth the effort.

“It’s been a lot of troubleshooting, but we’re really pleased with how it turned out,” Comte said.

“In Glass” is set to be on display at the museum, 575 E St in David City, until Feb. 24. The museum’s next exhibit will focus on pottery crafted and submitted by local Nebraskans. Those interested in sending in their work can visit the museum’s website for more details or call them at 402-367-4488. Food at the event will be provided by the Museum, The Friends of the Library and Jacque Masek.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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