PAC to feature work of Nat Geo staff photographer

January 4, 2019

An albino porcupine survived being struck by a car near Halsey and now lives at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab at Louisville. She was named after the town.

National Geographic staff photographer Joel Sartore shares a photo of Halsey as well as many others in a traveling show that will be at the Prairie Arts Center in North Platte through Jan. 31.

“This is a partial show from an exhibition that was curated for the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney,” said Russ Erpelding, ARTreach curator. “We originally had about 54 pieces in that exhibition, and this show has 28.”

The show has traveled to six other venues around the state, as well as to Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.

“He’s photographing all species that are in captivity all around the world,” Erpelding said of Sartore’s project, called Photo Ark. “He says he travels around the world, so these aren’t just from the United States.”

Sartore lives in Lincoln and he offers his art that gives folks a unique view of the common as well as unusual animals.

“They’re not just photographs of animals, he looks at them as animal portraits,” Erpelding said. “He has different ways of getting the best views of animals.”

Some of the animals are from Nebraska zoos.

“Since he started doing the Photo Ark series, several of the animals have gone extinct,” Erpelding said.

The PAC is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 416 N. Jeffers St. For more information, call the PAC at 308-534-5121.

The Photo Ark exhibit is sponsored by Dr. Chris and Julie Johng.

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