NORFOLK, NE – An award winning artist who serves as an adjunct faculty member at Northeast Community College earned top honors at a statewide arts competition recently.
Kathleen Lohr’s pastel painting, Young Man with a Hat, was judged Best in Show at the Association of Nebraska Art Club’s (ANAC) 55th Annual Convention held this year in Albion. Entries in the show were judged by nationally known artist Joan Fullerton of Denver. ANAC is the only state organization in the country that encompasses statewide art clubs.
Over 300 works from throughout the state qualified for the state exhibition. Lohr’s work, along with the 25 merit award winners in the competition, will travel over the next year to 14 cities throughout the state.
Lohr, Columbus, grew up in Grand Island under the shadows of the migrating Sandhill Cranes and alongside the Platte River.
“It is from these perspectives that I draw inspiration for my work in oil and pastels,” she said.
Lohr also received the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) Purchase Award for a second pastel painting, Mother and Child. The MONA purchases one work each year from the annual exhibition for its permanent art collection in Kearney.
Lohr’s work can be found in collections throughout the Midwest, as well as New York City. She is an associate member of the Studio K Art Gallery in Grand Island and has exhibited with the Noyes Art Gallery in Lincoln.
While she is devoted to her work as a studio artist, she also conducts workshops, judges art exhibits, and teaches art history part-time at Northeast Community College.
Lohr received a master’s degree in art education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a bachelor of arts from the University of Northern Colorado, and has studied abroad at La Poggerina in Florence, Italy. Her brother, is the internationally recognized wildlife photographer Rick Rasmussen of Grand Island.