NEBRASKA CITY - Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is presenting Mirror Pond, works by Ryan Crotty Jan. 13 to Feb. 28.

A gallery  talk is scheduled at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the center.

 Gallery Talk will be hosted on Thursday

Crotty is a visual artist and abstract painter based in Auburn. He uses unconventional painting techniques to create all-over compositions of color that spread out beyond the edges of the canvas.

By applying layers of acrylic modeling paste and translucent paint, Crotty generates aberrations in color and surface that allow color and light to coalesce. Primary colors blend together to create secondary and tertiary color field paintings with luminous reflective surfaces that glow with meditative calm.


This vibrant exhibition showcases a selection of Crotty’s newest paintings from late 2019.

According to the artist, “The paintings I create are non-representational,

 abstract works.
They are not paintings of the landscape or of the people in this area, yet they are undeniably influenced by them.

“I believe that it is important for art to be made in every place “in reaction to” and “as a reflection of” that place. "Mirror Pond” references this “reflection” while also referring to the reflective nature of the painted surfaces”.

A native of Auburn, Crotty earned his BFA in painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his MFA in painting from Syracuse University. His work is represented by High Noon Gallery in New York, N.Y., and Galerie Robertson Arès in Montreal, Quebec.

KHN’s gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment.