Photography By a UNK Art Professor on Exhibit at the Governors Residence

Derrick Burbul
associate professor of art and art history, 308.865.8072

UNK- Photography by Derrick Burbul, University of Nebraska at Kearney art faculty member, is on exhibit at the Nebraska Governor’s residence now through Aug. 28.

The exhibit, titled “Road to Nowhere,” features a series of photographs by Burbul that explore the western Nebraska landscape where the Great Platte River Road, Oregon Trail, California Trail and Mormon Trail come together.

“Since moving to Nebraska, I have been asking myself what this landscape means and what does it have to share with us,” Burbul said. “I have found that these open spaces offer a chance to witness the relationship between history and our contemporary culture, and to create images that ask the question, ‘How does our past affect us today?’”

To better understand Nebraska culture, Burbul researched the journals of past pioneers and explorers, including Lt. Long of the topographical engineers who said that Nebraska was, “the great American desert.”

“What has struck me the most about this place is the relationship between the land and our culture’s attitude toward the land,” Burbul said. “It is truly amazing to witness the power the minority perspective can have to transform not only land, but also thought.”

“Road to Nowhere” may be viewed at 1425 H Street in Lincoln from 1-4 p.m. on Thursdays or by appointment by calling the residence director at 402.471.3466.